SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Utah Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) invited futurist Jack Uldrich to give the keynote address at their 2019 Annual Convention on January 25. The theme of this year's convention was "Get Focused." Uldrich's presentation highlighted the emerging trends and technologies that are transforming construction. As a frequent presenter to builders, architects and other construction-related industries, this is a familiar topic for Uldrich.
His insights have guided thousands of executives and other construction leaders over the years, and the industry is an area of primary focus for him as a futurist. He believes that advancements in a wide variety of areas will have an impact, including innovations in 3D printing, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, blockchain technology and virtual and augmented reality. Seemingly unrelated trends such as peer-to-peer lending and the "gig" economy could impact the industry as well. As a futurist, Uldrich helps clients "connect-the-dots" and spot unexpected opportunities created by these advancements.
Regardless of what new technologies emerge, however, Uldrich cautions "against betting heavily on any particular technology and instead advocates the use of 'future-proofing' plans that provide enough flexibility to adjust to whatever is to come."
According to Uldrich, "The faster we can recognize potential changes in technology, the better-prepared the construction industry will be in the long run."
A speaker on construction trends, he works with industry clients both nationally and internationally. Uldrich's clients include BBE Hydro Constructors, the Construction Industry Roundtable, Parson Brinckerhoff, Jacobsen Construction, Black and Veatch, Cunningham, Henkels & McCoy, Knutson Construction, Mortenson and Camden Construction.
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