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ConTech Madness Final: Find Out Which Innovation Won It All

The final round of 2019 ConTech Madness has ended. Overall, it was a close and exciting tournament as hundreds of ConTech fans voted for their favorite champions. However, there can only be one winner. So, which construction innovation emerged as the ultimate victor? Find out in our final bracket below.

That’s right. In the end, Design Automation took home the win as it faced off against Robotics & Artificial Intelligence from the field.



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While we didn’t predict the right winner last round, we’re still not surprised that our community chose such strong office technology as the 2019 ConTech Madness champ. Why? Let’s delve more into the future of the construction technology, below.

The Future of Design Automation

Design automation is a subject that is frequently debated in the world of construction and architecture. Can computers design beautiful, functional buildings? The answer is not straightforward, but its showing tremendous growth and potential as computers use machine learning to find optimal solutions for end users.

Many professionals in the design community believe that automation can help speed up the design process. Computer generated designs enable architects to explore options quickly and make high-level decisions efficiently. Even with design automation technology, people still control what gets built and what the structures look like. In the future, computers may play a much more significant role.

A Team Effort: How Design Automation Works with Other ConTech

The beauty of ConTech Madness is that although these technologies were competitors in the contest, construction is still a team game. No project is built by one person, one company or one single form of technology. When implemented correctly, a diverse ecosystem of technology will allow construction teams to excel.

While Design Automation faced off against Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the top office technology in our competition, these two tools are symbiotic in reality. In fact, BIM can be the fuel that makes Design Automation possible. When recently speaking to Geospatial World, Phil Langley, Director, Digital Delivery at Bryden Wood, said, ‚ÄúBIM is a technology that helps people collect, collate and organize all sorts of information which includes the building fabric (and its performance). It can also include the ways in which built assets might be actually experienced and used by people. The models should themselves become resources of data that can be layered and added to over time to capture many different aspects of the lifecycle and should be seen as repositories of data that can be used to fuel more advanced and sophisticated digital design techniques.‚ÄĚ

Which ConTech Will Be Your Team’s Champion?

Which construction technology has been driving success for your company and projects? We’d love to hear about it. Share with us in the comments below!

Grace Ellis

As a Content Marketing Manager at PlanGrid, Grace is the managing editor for the PlanGrid Construction Productivity Blog. With over eight years of experience in marketing, communications and PR for technology companies, she is specialized in high-quality content creation across both traditional and digital media platforms.

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