July 13, 2017
The typical construction site consists of a lot of equipment, a lot of dirt, and a lot of humans wearing hardhats. However, if Balfour Beatty’s prediction is to be believed, construction will be a human hands-off endeavor by 2050.
In the company’s new paper, “Innovation 2050: A Digital Future for the Infrastructure Industry,” Balfour Beatty foresees teams of remote-controlled machines working together on sites. Other tech, some of which is available now, will include drones, sensors, and networked buildings. These buildings would be able to speed up repairs, or even repair themselves.
This doesn’t mean, however, that humans will be obsolete. The report notes that humans will need new abilities, such as being able to manage the high-tech equipment and software, as core skill sets.
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