Construction has been slow compared to other industries to adopt technology, but it’s starting to catch up as technology gets more sophisticated to accommodate the industry’s unique needs.
Michael C. Brown, a Skanska executive vice president and general manager in Florida, attributes construction’s tech dawdling to the idea that no two construction projects are the same. “When you make a car or airplane, you have a lot of repetition in that work,” he said. “The automation you implement can be a bit more simple because the task is repetitive.” Construction, however, requires uniqueness almost every step of the way, he said. “Technology needs to be more sophisticated because [most] construction tasks aren’t repetitive.”