The report also recommends that companies focus their efforts on training workers for jobs that cannot be automated and should prepare for a future in which labor will be augmented by machines. Advances in technology have triggered fears among construction workers that robots or automation will replace them. For instance, the Hadrian X made by Fastbrick Robotics, is a truck-mounted arm that can lay up to 1,000 bricks per hour. Equipment company Caterpillar announced it would be investing into the company over the summer, meaning the possibility of bringing the robotic technology to the construction industry is definitely possible in the next decade. 3-D printing is also a technology that could infiltrate the industry. A team in Dubai has already used the 3-D printing technology to print a whole office building. Experts say that the construction industry shouldn’t worry too much about robots and automation, because unlike the manufacturing industry, the unique nature of construction projects will prevent the kind of assembly-line production that the manufacturing uses to reduce labor.
The “The Future of Skills” report brings good news to the construction field and can help boost hopes that the industry will continue to boom. Right now, the biggest problem facing the construction industry is filling the current shortage of workers that has been plaguing the industry for months.