All change has a rate and a direction. To make informed decisions, organisations need to understand how fast change is coming, and from what direction. Only then can businesses act appropriately.
One of the biggest drivers of change in any human system is that of technology. Understanding technology, how to use it and when to adopt the next emerging variant is critical to the success of organisations across all sectors and industries.
New technologies and applications emerge every day, and usage is incredibly varied. What is commonplace within one industry may be a new concept in another, and as a technology matures the ways it is used may change.
So how can we distinguish between hype and utility? Every week there are new flashy announcements about the latest breakthrough, or a new type of artificial intelligence. What is really vital is to identify which technology matters in a certain context, and then wrap the right process around it to ensure it delivers on the promised benefits.
This report describes a range of technologies that are relevant to the AEC sector. It explores a wide range of technologies, from the commonly used, through to scientific concepts and opportunities that are just beginning to scale. It presents a new framework viewed through Delta Maps, designed to understand and navigate technology trends.
We hope this approach helps you make more informed decisions about how and when to respond to technologies as they become relevant to designing, building and managing the built environment and infrastructure.