Inspiration for real estate-related businesses. Smart cities, smart homes and intelligent infrastructure lay the foundation for the society of the future. Technology changes the way we build. What trends can we see and how can we respond to them? How can we adapt our organisations and prepare people for rapid change? This lecture can be combined with ‘Company of the future’. It can also be customised on request.
Many human bricklayers will soon be replaced by robots. Construction robots can lay more than 1,300 bricks per day - and many more in the future - while a human bricklayer only manages no more than 500. In the next decade, demolition workers, welders, concrete suspension workers, bulldozer drivers and crane operators will also see their jobs taken by machines. Although humans and machines will be sharing duties, work will ultimately be overseen by humans.
The implementation of drone technology in construction is happening at a rapid pace. Their sophisticated control, easy navigation and easy to use software are great motivators. Drones can conduct evaluations like site dimensions, height restrictions and access points, and their ease of use translates into significant time and resource savings. They can also be deployed to monitor construction workers, ensure health and safety standards and send out alerts in the event of theft or trespassing and work together with machines as part of the Construction Internet of Things.
The use of AI on construction sites is still quite limited, but it is increasing, especially in applications that involve machine vision for robotics applications such as autonomous vehicles and automated bricklaying. AI is also useful for analysing structures and materials. Research is underway on ways to use AI for architectural surveying, improving human-machine interfaces for construction equipment and for predicting and preventing injuries.
In construction, confidentiality, compliance, payment terms and other important issues are outlined in multiple contracts between multiple stakeholders.These complexities and the sheer number of stipulations can lead to disputes. Using the distributed ledger technology of Blockchain, one could produce ‘smart contracts,’ where instructions are embedded within a transaction. This way, payment is only affected when the stipulated conditions are fulfilled. Visible to all stakeholders, smart contracts eliminate any confusion about instructions and terms.
The use of 3D and 4D printing technology in construction demonstrates huge potential. It supports the use of newer, greener materials and leads to higher levels of efficiency and lower waste production. While conventional construction methods – in terms of costs and processes - are largely restricted to squares and rectangles, 3D and 4D printing also enable the use of curvilinear forms, opening up an entirely new realm of design.
Biotechnology in construction has seen significant developments over the past decade. The products of biotechnologies include environmentally friendly, sustainable and low cost microbial biocement and biogrouts as well as biodegradable bioplastics, bioinspired coatings, adhesives and self-cleaning materials. Biotechnologically-produced construction materials possess many environmental and economic advantages compared to conventional construction materials and processes.
The construction industry needs to be prepared for the way new technologies change how we build roads, facilities, bridges, and more. Smart cities call for smart construction, and contractors need to get involved in new programs and projects focused on using technology to drive innovation and sustainability. There’s no question that smart cities will affect construction firms and this will accelerate over the next decade.
The company of the future is hyper connected. It closely monitors new developments and collaborates with startups, scientists and universities. It uses smart algorithms to analyse the world and employs a flexible workforce capable of rapidly developing new products, services or processes and offering support on complex issues. The company of the future requires accessible leaders who inspire, have new visions and are prepared to veer off the beaten track.
We also offer customised keynotes. Existing lectures can be adjusted to your requirements, or we can develop a new keynote that is specifically tailored to what you need.
For the construction industry, increased competition, the demand for faster building, and startling advances in tech are pushing companies to embrace new approaches. 3D printing, automation, 21st century materials – the list goes on, and it’s clear that the industry is entering a new era. Are you ready?Download
“Credible, high-speed and to the point”
Richard van Hooijdonk provides a dazzling presentation on numerous technological developments and their impact on society and the economy. Credible, high-speed and to the point. Inspires to think and act.
“A dazzling journey through new technology”
A dazzling journey through new technology. The enthusiasm and energy during his presentation, combined with the visuals, provided a successful kick- off to our event.
“An impressive and noteworthy presentation”
An impressive and noteworthy presentation for our employees and customers. The rate at which change is happening - which you eloquently brought across in your energetic speech - requires a disruptive approach. To be continued!
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Rob van Veen
The connections have been made. We now know how to participate, innovate and conquer new markets in a unique way. Thanks for the fantastic session.
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Richard van Hooijdonk’s contribution to the congress was particularly dynamic and inspiring! The participants experienced recognition, awareness and certainly, a wake-up call. There were no signs of a post-lunch dip! In short, an excellent contribution through a highly professional performance.
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