Future of Construction Technology: Insights from ENR FutureTech 2023

CamDo was a proud sponsor at the ENR FutureTech conference in San Francisco. The event brought together industry leaders, innovators, and technology enthusiasts to explore the latest trends and advancements in the construction industry. The event proved to be an excellent platform for networking and knowledge sharing. Let's look  into some of the key highlights and takeaways from the event: 

Embracing Technologies

ENR FutureTech 2023 showcased various technologies that could revolutionize the construction industry. From artificial intelligence and robotics to drones and 3D printing, these cutting-edge innovations are reshaping traditional practices and paving the way for improved efficiency, safety, and sustainability. Attendees had the opportunity to witness live demonstrations, engage in hands-on workshops, and gain practical knowledge on integrating these technologies into their projects.

 “ One prominent focus was on the advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), with CamDo leading the way in showcasing its potential. As an industry, we should recognize the importance of connecting various data sources to derive meaningful value from them. Presentations on AI, image processing, robotics, and innovative combinations of technologies were impressive and the demonstration of AI in real-world applications of advanced technology in construction is promising,” says Todd McCann, CEO of CamDo.

Jesse Jones from Builders in Emerging Technology expressed excitement about the prospect of finally obtaining production numbers based on automated capture, such as cameras and laser scanning. This development, long anticipated, holds the promise of competition of various software platforms and finding the best solutions. 

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Takes Center Stage

BIM emerged as a central theme at ENR FutureTech 2023, with experts emphasizing its significance in streamlining project coordination, enhancing collaboration, and enabling efficient data management. Presentations and panel discussions illuminate the latest BIM advancements, including integrating augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), data analytics, and interoperability. Participants learned about real-world applications of BIM, its role in reducing rework and improving project outcomes, and the potential for future growth in the field.

Lucas Manos, Senior Innovation Manager with Ryan companies, says “Currently, the thing I'm most excited about coming out in the industry is the adoption of computer vision on all the type of data that we're capturing in the business and what that means for automating, report writing and everything we can do with it in the future.” 

Data-Driven Decision-Making

The conference highlighted the growing importance of data-driven decision-making in construction. Experts emphasized leveraging data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, and predictive modeling to gain actionable insights and optimize project performance. Attendees gained valuable knowledge on harnessing the power of data to make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and drive efficiency across various project phases.

Harry White, COO from CamDo says, “ A Ryan Companies study of walkaround progress camera usage over 28M sqft of construction found that floor coverage and lag times were common problems.  Each walkaround captured only about 5 floors, or 15% of a project, and there was up to a 6.8 weeks delay between walkarounds, leaving over 90% of workday progress uncaptured. A complete camera strategy should include a variety of progress capture devices that provide a more frequent cadence and wider coverage of work completion”.

Sustainable Construction Practices

Sustainability remained a key focus at ENR FutureTech 2023, with a strong emphasis on green building practices, renewable energy integration, and sustainable materials. Participants learned about innovative approaches to reduce carbon footprints, enhance energy efficiency, and promote environmentally responsible construction. The event showcased inspiring case studies, highlighted regulatory trends, and provided a platform for discussions on achieving a more sustainable built environment.

ENR FutureTech 2023 provided an in-depth look into the future of construction technology. From disruptive innovations to sustainable practices and data-driven decision-making, attendees gained valuable insights and inspiration to shape the industry's future. The conference highlighted the importance of embracing technology collaboration and adapting to stay ahead in this rapidly evolving landscape.