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Will Construction Become the New Manufacturing ?

January 16th, 2020 | Published by NEW Construction Alliance

Forbes recently published the third and final article in a series about the future of the construction industry and tech-based solutions to our workforce shortage.

In it, they posit that “construction is the new manufacturing.” Crediting the manufacturing industry’s rebound and growth to the adoption of integrated technologies and automation, the article proposes that this is what Construction 5.0 will look like.

They point to a roundtable discussion hosted by Autodesk University 2019 where Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk CEO, continuously compared the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sectors to manufacturing stating,
“there's so much opportunity to increase productivity in the [AEC] space. Fifty years ago manufacturing was just as fragmented as construction is now, and AEC is following the same trajectory [as manufacturing].”

Anagnost suggested that construction could benefit from following in manufacturing’s footsteps, borrowing processes and technologies advanced for manufacturing. He predicted that in so doing,“general contractors are going to become manufacturers, [and] manufacturers are going to realign some of their processes to feed [construction].”

What do you think?

Do you believe that adopting integrated IT practices that would allow for seamless production processes throughout all aspects of a construction company combined with automation and modular construction can reduce that challenge to find and retain skilled labor?

You can read the whole article here.

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