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Here to Stay

Jeanie J. Clapp
Editor-in-Chief, Constructor

BY JEANIE J. CLAPP
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

It probably goes without saying that it’s been a challenging year for us all. We’ve had to adjust personally, professionally and, or course, socially. We’ve converted dining room tables into workspaces, bedrooms into classrooms, garages into home gyms.

Now, here we are, staring down at our first holiday season since COVID became a household word, with no real idea what’s in store. It could be that your large family gathering at Thanksgiving becomes a much more intimate affair. Holiday office parties may be eliminated from your social calendar, and New Year’s Eve celebrations will likely be quieter than years previous.

It’s been an upside-down-topsy-turvy time, and there are many things about 2020 we are ready to kick to the curb. But some things may be here to stay.

As professionals in the construction industry, you are all too familiar with having to adapt to a COVID world: implementing safety protocols, providing necessary PPE, modifying work spaces, and more. All done in record time to keep your projects on track, your employees working and the industry moving.

Hard work, strong leadership and technology all had a hand in that.

Historically speaking, the industry has been slow to jump on the technology train. But COVID-19 brought widespread disruption this year, forcing many firms to adopt new innovative practices – practices that will likely be here to stay long after COVID is not.

That’s why the content in this issue of Constructor is of special interest. It includes our annual Future Focus supplement, filled with tech-focused articles that will help you stay relevant as well as ahead of the curve.

Need tips on how to keep pace with this rapid-changing industry? The experts we interviewed for “Construction tech 2020” (Page FF3) say it takes collaboration, support and adoption — an ‘all-in’ effort that ranges from the C-suite to the IT team. And firms that want to draw top tal-ent – and further strengthen their bench – need to demonstrate a strong commitment to emerging technological advancements.

We cover some of these advancements in our other stories, like “Untouched by Human Hands” (Page FF9) on how robots are learning to work on jobsites, and “To See It is to Believe It” (Page FF14) on all the ways augmented reality is being utilized by contractors.

Change can be difficult, but if we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that technology and the construction industry are both here to stay.

Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful holiday season.

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