The Future of Construction

Smart cities, smart homes and intelligent infrastructure form the basis of the society of the future. Technology changes the way we build. What trends can we see and how can we respond to them?

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.

Topics that will be covered during the lecture



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.

Artificial intelligence

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.

3D and 4D printing

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.

Smart cities

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.

Company of the future

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.

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Richard van Hooijdonk

International keynote speaker, trend watcher and futurist Richard van Hooijdonk offers inspiring lectures on how technology impacts the way we live, work and do business. Over 420,000 people have already attended his renowned inspiration sessions, in the Netherlands as well as abroad. He works together with RTL television and presents the weekly radio program ‘Mindshift’ on BNR news radio. Van Hooijdonk is also a guest lecturer at Nyenrode and Erasmus Universities.

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What did others think of this lecture?


The symposium ‘Pilots vs. Nerds, Airpower in the Information Age’ was a great success. Nothing but positive feedback from the participants. In no small part thanks to your commitment and dedication, we were able to achieve this result.

Alexander Schnitger
Lieutenant-General Royal Netherlands Airforce

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.

Jan Struijs

Richard van Hooijdonk is today’s foremost trend watcher. He explores how the latest technological developments impact each aspect of our lives, providing an exciting and sometimes disconcerting view of our future. And make no mistake; the future is coming at us with the velocity of a comet. Not only is Richard a child of the future; he is a great storyteller as well.

Roelof Hemmen
Presenter RTL news and BNR news radio

With your presentation 'Trendz 2030' you awakened the customs organisation. At the end of the day it turned out that your presentation had made the biggest impression. You made sure the issues were put on Strategic Management’s radar.

Alex Drost
Customs and the Tax and Customs Administration

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.

Patrick Steemers
Partner Deloitte

99% was incredibly enthusiastic and 1% very enthusiastic :)! You've caused quite a stir within the group. Well done!

Joost Gulden
Head of Sales Stedin

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!

Rob Pols
CEO Atos

Enthusiastic speaker, a good and versatile story. Everyone was ‘wowed’ by the lecture.

Maarten Buikhuisen
Directeur Global Solutions Heineken

Great keynote that really opened our eyes. Sparkling and energetic, from beginning to end. Thanks Richard, for showing us this different view of the fitness market and its future.

Arjan van Dijk
Commercial Director Matrix Fitness Benelux

Richard has inspired us and given us food for thought through his ‘own way’ of presenting - characterised by humour and interaction. It gives people energy, stimulates creativity and encourages thinking in opportunities.

Marcel Grisnigt
Vice President Thales

A spectacular kick-off to our ‘Away Day’. With many examples, he shows which changes are necessary to keep up with the technological developments. The presentation sparked many discussions throughout the day and inspired ideas for follow-up actions.

Gerard Blom
General manager Deltares

Afterwards everyone was enthusiastic. Not only because of the way you illustrated the generic trends but also because of the way you applied them to the agricultural and livestock industry - the market in which De Heus operates.

Joost Belt
Global Director – De Heus

Richard knows how to interpret the new developments in an inspiring manner, while simultaneously outlining their impact. Our visitors were challenged and inspired. Richard, thanks for an exciting and 'wondrous-ful’ presentation!

Leo van den Ende
CEO Sigmax

A great story, interactive, supported by many facts and anecdotes. He has convinced us.

Peter Zoeteman
Managing Director, Maritime Technology

Richard is very interesting and a true visionary. He brings the future so close that you can almost feel it. We found it interesting to see where technology will lead and how it will change our company and our business models.

Jan van Megen
Country manager - Arjo Huntleigh

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.

Henk Geveke
Managing Director TNO Defence

With lots of energy, Richard inspired us about the bewildering future of ‘value-based’ healthcare at the Swedish Embassy in The Hague. Thank you very much!

Andreas Rentner
Swedish Ministry of Economic Affairs

Highly recommended for any entrepreneur who wants to move with the times or rather; keep ahead of the times. Very inspiring.

John Verhagen
Chairman of the Executive Board ABAB

Richard van Hooijdonk was the perfect inspiration and he encouraged everyone to have an open mind! His enthusiasm, positivity and many tangible facts make him very credible.

Tessy Erns
Chairman Association of VPM

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.

Rob van Veen
Commercial director, Draka

Richard's enthusiasm and inspiration were contagious. We’re still talking about it. He gave us food for thought; it was great to be able to share in his passion. He brought the future closer!

Gerard van der Vegte
Director X-ICT

Such an energetic and enthusiastic speaker! From the first few minutes, the audience hung on his every word when he spoke about ‘the future of healthcare.’ Especially the way he personally deals with these developments got people talking. It was a perfect start of our annual staff conference.

Angeline van Dijk
Director - Zorg van de Zaak


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