Josh Thompson is the founder and leader of Thompson exterior servicesa construction and maintenance company.
For a long time, the idea of a smart city seemed like science fiction or something for the distant future, but as many of us are beginning to see – whether sensors for monitoring weather and pollution conditions in Chicago, a public fiber optic networkk in the Netherlands or robot couriers in Japan – smart cities are currently under development.
These technologically advanced cities will change the construction industry, so construction managers need to be prepared. Having worked in this ever-changing industry for over twenty years, I believe now is the time to adapt as our cities continue to grow. To properly enter the world of smart cities, you need to understand what they mean. There are many facets that come under the scope of a smart city, and each has its own implications for construction companies and leaders.
One aspect of smart cities that I think has a direct impact on construction is the way artificial intelligence is integrated into an urban community. Construction companies must be prepared to integrate AI into their workflow and must know how the AI will function in their final constructed building. Construction is no longer a purely physical industry; it is also a technology industry. To be a successful leader, you need to understand how to maneuver between the physical and the technological, even if that means hiring a technical consultant.
Smart cities are all about efficiency in all matters of life in the city. As someone in the sector, good facade maintenance will also be important for smart cities. Good insulation and protection from the elements is essential for efficient buildings; that doesn’t change when it comes to smart cities. Building facade maintenance leaders must ensure that their services are up to the task. I believe it will pay off in the future to take the time and money to upgrade resources to suit new developments in smart cities.
The building typology you can find in a smart city will probably be a bit different from your standard city building. They should be easier to navigate and safer, probably with lots of sensors for data collection inside and out. These ideas are likely to emerge during the build process and should be discussed thoroughly with your client and the engineers working alongside your company. Construction leaders need to know how to approach these concepts when bidding for smart city construction jobs.
A business capital that is currently a growing smart city is: New York. There are hundreds of smart sensors and technology strategically placed in the city to collect data on pollution and other forms of everyday life. This metropolitan growth will have a major impact on construction leaders, especially those who work primarily in the New York area. This may mean adapting many of the services and tasks we have become accustomed to when it comes to waste and processes. It means we have to completely change the way we look at a city.
Smart cities represent the ideals of building. Building should be about creating a community and a place for everyone. Smart cities do just that, because their main goal is to improve quality of life through data collection and analysis. If construction leaders invest the time and effort to understand and be prepared to create smart cities, these cities can serve as a way to move forward and meet construction goals.