The world's population is set to grow to 10 billion people by 2050.
By that time, 68% of us will live in cities. Cities are characterized by lots of buildings. They're where we work, live, eat, pray, and play.
To meet this rising demand means we need to build 3,600 new buildings every day. Think about that — every day. We need to build 3,600 new buildings every day from now until 2050. Did we build 3,600 yesterday? I hope so. Will we build 3,600 tomorrow? We better. ...and speaking of better.
Autodesk has always been an automation company. Today, more than ever, that means helping our customers automate their design and make processes. We help them embrace the future of making, where they can do more (e.g., increasing efficiency, performance, quality), with less (e.g., less energy, fewer raw materials, shorter timeframes, less waste of human potential), and realize the opportunity for better (e.g., innovation, user experience, return on investment).
The construction industry is ready for leveraging technology. I once saw a presentation from one of our VPs that noted that the only industry to have less technological advancement over the last 40 years than construction was hunting. So the construction industry customers are ready, and the technology is available.
Don't just take my word for it, check out this observation from within the industry:
"There is one industry, in particular, that’s known for its hard work, sweat, and manual labor. Working from sun up to sun down, getting dirty, getting tired, but getting the job done. When you picture the construction industry, I bet you don’t imagine a computer or any type of technology. I bet the first thing that pops into your head is a rugged construction worker wearing a construction hat, holding a hammer, covered in dust and dirt with a 5 o’clock shadow. There’s nothing technological about that. But cutting edge technology has indeed been used in the construction industry for many years, particularly in the design phase (using models prior to construction for locating conflicts is an industry standard). Now the construction industry is embracing new, revolutionary technologies in the building side of things as well."
—Dakota Safety, "The Technologies That Are Revolutionizing The Construction Industry," February 19, 2019
Dakota Safety specializes in providing passive fall protection systems and safety products. They provide standard and custom guardrail systems, safety gates, and guarding products for a wide variety of industries and companies nationally and internationally. They have established a reputation of creating innovative and cost-effective solutions for personal fall arrest systems with passive fall protection and other fall protection situations using portable, non-penetrating guardrail components, modular railing systems, gates and a variety of other products.
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Together, we can apply technology for a better construction process to meet the demands of 2050. The industry is ready. Autodesk is ready.
Construction technology is alive in the lab.