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{SAW} Software Mill
aggregating heavy equipment and machine data enables technologies like predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to automate
operations for fleet managers.
There's just one problem - the foundation for automation isn't
quite up to par. Predictions for large-scale automation in construction
say it still lies 10-plus years out. Although telematics technologies
may be maturing, the data consumption from machines must be
increased to a much higher resolution to lay the groundwork for early
steps of automation.

Building Blocks
The first place that automation will take hold is in controlled environments such as mining, agriculture and off-highway construction
vehicles. We'll see automation in this segment grow significantly over
the next decade due to the lack of environmental factors or physical
barriers capable of disrupting work flow.
Unlike building construction sites, controlled work environments
that follow set procedures in definitive work zones make it easier for
automated equipment to operate without the risk of running into
new challenges along the way. For example, pouring concrete and
steamrolling are very linear functions compared to what's required to
build a 100-foot skyscraper or over-water bridges. We're already seeing this play out as companies like Construction Robotics are creating
machines like the robotic bricklayer.  
For other segments of construction, full automation will take
longer to flourish, because there are simply too many unpredictable
elements. Lack of project structure coupled with constant changes
make for an environment that's not naturally conducive to artificial
intelligence and automation. While it's not far-fetched to think that
robots may one day be able to create elements and structures within a
confined area, humans will continue to play a vital role in controlling
job site equipment until AI is capable of reacting to changing environments as fast as humans do.

Beyond Automation
While automation is expected to replace an estimated 5.1 million jobs
in the next five years, artificial intelligence, machine-learning and
robotics advancements will bring vast improvements such as safety,
security and higher efficiency on the job site.
Difficult and often risky tasks once reserved for human construction workers can now be performed by machines that are either
managed remotely or operate entirely on their own. Not to mention
the increased safety and security automation brings to the job site,
where crew members can stay out of harm's way. One such example
of telematics technology currently in action is NFC connectivity that
prevents crashes between pieces of machinery by sending out an
alert or shutting down an engine.

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gives contractors greater
insight into their projects.

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Additionally, demand for a more efficient
building process will not only help grow
profits across job sites, but also improve
project timelines and opportunities for
new construction projects. And better yet,
construction equipment could one day slow
down or speed up completion of a project
through automated digging, especially as
human workers head home for the day.
Although automation is in its beginning
stages within the construction industry,
telematics will continue to lay the foundation for automated equipment and
machinery. We're already seeing telematics
create safer work environments, smarter job
sites and drive more efficiency across the
industry. And as we continue to harness and
leverage this data we can expect even great
innovations and progress toward automation in the future.
Willy Schlacks is president and co-founder of EquipmentShare. For more information, visit www.equipmentshare.com.

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