The construction industry is currently experiencing a bit of a digital divide at the moment and it would appear with new technologies like augmented reality are helping to push the digital disruption beyond artificial intelligence systems.
The trend analysis and scenario development report produced saw a forecast of what possible new jobs they feel will be created and other opportunities with digital collaborations by the year 2036. We are entering very interesting times.
By 2034/35, almost 20% of Australians (6.2 million) are projected to be aged 65 or over. One sector already feeling the impact of the ageing population is construction. In Queensland, the number of construction workers aged 55 and over increased from 8% of full-time workers in 1992 to 14.2% in 2014. An ageing workforce is likely to increase the need for less physically demanding jobs or maybe technology might address this issue. Task automation and the industry’s innovation culture are two of the greatest areas of uncertainty for the construction industry. A new study that developed evidence based scenarios for 2036, depicts how automation and manufacturing could grow in the construction sector, creating more knowledge intensive jobs as a result. The study explores future technology that eliminates dangerous and difficult tasks, particularly in light of the ageing workforce.