Innovation and the Construction Industry

14 June 2012

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Innovation and the Construction Industry

A post over at The Atlantic Cities asks why the construction industry hasn’t experienced the kind of leaps in innovation most other sectors have seen over the last few decades, sparking some interesting conversation across the web. With rapid advances in green building techniques, developments in sustainable guidelines (e.g. LEED certification), and constant advances in materials, surely the industry is moving forward – right?

As the comment section and follow-up articles for The Atlantic piece make clear, the rub comes in the manual, physical labor required to turn designs into reality. Unlike other manufacturing industries, the construction sector has been thus far unable to automate the transition process between the design and building phases, meaning that costly, time-consuming interpretations must be performed at each job site by building crews no matter the medium for the project’s plans (drawings, BIM, etc.).

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