By Construction Tech Review | Wednesday, May 22, 2019
FREMONT, CA: Every sector and its work practices inevitably change over time. Old skills are replaced by new skills to stay up-to-date with the market. The construction industry is also incorporating better planning and building methods using Structure design software.
Are Robots a Threat to our Jobs?
It is being advocated that robots will replace manual jobs in all the sectors, but that’s not the case. Automation and technology will not eliminate jobs. Instead, they will replace current skills with new opportunities. According to the Boston Consulting Group, smart software will replace about 25 percent of employment. And based on a study by Oxford University, 35 percent of current jobs and trades in Britain face the risk of automation over the next 20 years.
However, the automation can be challenged and even capitalized upon if the current and future workers are encouraged to learn and enhance their skill sets.
Construction is Evolving
Even if technology replaces some of the manual tasks, humans are still needed to run and maintain them. The fact that workers will be there to use technology is often overlooked. In the construction industry, builders will be the future programmers who will ensure the smart implementation of the technology for construction purposes.
However, transforming the school curriculum keeping the future skill set at the focus is a necessity to level the lightning change and future job requirements. Outdated curriculum poses a high risk as there might not be any jobs that will match the current skill sets.
On the flip side, there are numerous benefits of accepting and being a part of the change. For example, Building information modeling (BIM), a process supported by various tools in construction, allows the appropriate people to access all the project relevant information at one place. It also monitors the critical stages of a project and keeps the builders updated. It saves time and money while providing the builders with clear insight. BIM helps to illustrate the entire building from the beginning up to its demolition and can even help with the reuse of the materials.
Technology will not eliminate jobs. But it’s the demand of time that requires workers with new skill sets to leverage the available resources in any industry.