In this four-part series, our Jacksonville construction lawyers are discussing how to create infrastructure projects for the future. As we discussed in the first section, our national infrastructure is nearing “crisis mode.” In the second section, we explained how one of the biggest hurdles to developing sustainable infrastructure is finding the funding to invest in these projects. As we will discuss in this section, another significant challenge is keeping pace with groundbreaking technologies to ensure we are taking on projects effectively and that the designs being implemented don’t become outdated.
With many amazing digital technologies rapidly developing, it’s important to not only take notice of the latest trends, but to also consider how this groundbreaking era of innovation may impact future generations as well. As digital technology continues to reach new and impressive heights, construction designs need to align with these technological advancements and predict future innovation to ensure projects have staying power.
Embracing Autonomous Technology
With recent breakthroughs in technology it’s safe to say that we can’t assume that what is built today will be functional in an innovative society ten or twenty years from now. For example, when building a road, the construction company contracted to perform the work should consider how autonomous vehicles will navigate the roadways. From corporate buildings to hospitals and smarthomes, it’s critical that infrastructure planners always consider the future implications of each of these areas to ensure that the designs being applied can be effective today, but are also flexible enough to be utilized in the future.
Creating a New Approach
Although we must make the necessary “quick fixes” to our infrastructure, it’s critical that we consider how these projects can impact future generations. It’s also crucial that we harness these new technologies and effectively utilize them through new approaches to projects. Leaders in the construction sector should always gauge the newest innovations and consider how they can implement these technologies into their construction practices.
Forward Thinking Projects
Although there is always a bit of public skepticism and financial risk involved in taking on infrastructure projects in a new way, with the right team of forward-thinking architects, engineers, contractors, and developers, we can identify the best strategies for creating future-proof infrastructure projects. By providing incentives to the private sector, technology and innovation can reach new heights as well. This can also help bridge the skills gap, as the technical skills needed to take on projects will be an excellent recruitment tool for the next generation of workers.
For more information on creating infrastructure projects that impact the future, please read section four.
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