3 Construction Jobs That Don’t Exist (Yet) | The B1M

3 Construction Jobs That Don’t Exist (Yet) | The B1M

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Rapid advancements in technology are creating
new jobs roles that simply wouldn’t have existed 10 years ago – and with such a wide
and exciting range of technologies currently entering the construction sector – from AI
and robotics to drones, exoskeletons and even 4D printing – we are bound to see new occupations
in the industry in the years ahead. Looking at current trends and the projected
growth of certain technologies, we’ve theorised three construction job roles that could exist
by 2028. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are already
being used to survey sites, monitor building progress and conduct inspections – and their
use in construction is only expected to sky-rocket over the next 10 years. Pioneers have already envisaged “drone swarms”
that could co-ordinate to conduct a specific task, such as constructing a rope bridge. In such an environment it’s easy to see
the need for some form of centralised human control and supervision arising in the form
of a role that we’re calling “Drone Wrangler”. This role would involve planning and scheduling
UAV activity, monitoring drones in the field, analysing performance and maintenance and
co-ordinating with authorities regarding permits and other forms of regulation. Beyond the wrangling of drones on specific
projects, and with a significant increase in their use across the sector and in other
service and goods industries, the opportunity for regional Air Traffic Controllers based
in state-of-the-art command centres could also arise. Closer to the present day, the industry could
soon be tasked with building “skyports” – a new form of infrastructure project to
specifically facilitate drone activity, such as Uber’s flying taxis. With an incredible number of prototypes already
developed and being tested in live trials, robotics looks certain to be a key growth
area in construction over the next 10 years. We’re already seeing the potential of robots
to automate dangerous and highly repetitive tasks in a number of areas – from constructing
masonry walls and tying rebar, to undertaking site surveys. There’s even the development
of autonomous vehicles and plant which can undertake grading or cut and fill. These tasks are inherently labour intensive
and limit what humans can achieve in a single working day. With potential round the clock automated construction,
there is again likely to be the need for human control, coordination of activities and supervision. To prevent technical glitches derailing unsupervised
robots or automated plant, we envision the role of “Robot Commander” to come into
existence. This person would essentially be a manager
for a series or group of robots and effectively control a form of “kill switch” that could
override them in the case of malfunction or error. Robotics and automation lead to the broader
area of artificial intelligence. This too is already entering the industry in the form
of “predictive design” and machine learning. Perhaps more sinister is the fear shared by
some pioneers around the ever increasing strength of AI and its ability to potentially over-power
mankind at some point in the future. In this context, we foresee an “AI Regulator”
role – a deeply complex task that requires advanced ethical judgements almost
daily. Although this may seem far-fetched, it wouldn’t be a million miles away from
some of the emerging regulations around data protection and ethics we see be debated in
reference to internet service providers and social media giants today. With a rapidly increasing population applying
pressure to urban centres, resources and land availability, humans could begin to colonise
the oceans in the coming decades. Oceans cover over 70% of our planet, yet we
have explored a mere 5% of them. While a number of research facilities, specialist
hotels and even a data centre exist under the ocean, the successful colonisation of
this space to form habitats for millions of people will take engineering to the next level. An entirely new class of architects and design
engineers will need to be trained to develop these submerged worlds. With a host of challenges to overcome including
water pressure, water tightness and the inclusion of natural light, what will these new worlds
look like? Will we live on the ocean floor in domes and mine minerals? or will we float
along the surface in structures such as there giant “oceanscrapers” that stretch down
into the depths? Whilst each these roles may seem far-fetched,
history has shown us that advances in technology almost always lead to new opportunities and
job roles that the previous generation never could have imagined. YouTubers are a perfect
example. If you’re watching this video back in 2028,
drop us a comment below and let us know what that’s like. Otherwise if you enjoyed this
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42 comments

  1. The use of drones could definitely make construction projects more efficient, and reduce the risk of human injuries. Love this channel, as it has the best urbanism content on YouTube!

  2. I think the "robot commander" as well as the "drone wrangler" are both jobs for an intermediate time – they will both become AI supervisors/regulators in the future.

  3. Great. Destroy more construction jobs. This breakneck automization is unnecessary and a cruel sign of the greed of the companies that seem to insist on them bc "productivity" while failing to examine where former workers may end up. Let alone future workers that they would've had to hire. Just because a robot can be made doesn't mean it should. Will anybody stop and actually think about the societal shifts that WILL occur as a direct result of uneeded technology.

  4. I like that you're trying to find positives, but I don't understand why you think humans will guide automatons. The sensor technologies that we're developing from self-driving cars alone will make them more capable of detecting features of their environment and working within them with efficiencies working toward that of 3D printing (assuming that we don't literally use 3D printing for construction in the coming decade).

    The AI that will back them will be hosted in data centres and developed by corporations (or other AI) just as Siri and Alexa are. People will still be involved in deploying various machines, until those systems are automated.
    The only components of a building project where humans will be relevant, are the people who are paying for the things to be built in the first place, and the architects who will guide aesthetic decisions & in turn also increasingly rely on AI both for technical capabilities and adherence to legal requirements; Also to make use of advanced materials and construction techniques particular to those materials, and to coordinate with third parties who rely on AI.

    Conveyances will be automated, material creation will be automated (eg mixing and pouring concrete), building will be automated, billing will be automated.
    Skycatch is already now, this year, using drones to guide construction sites (that was a seven second Google search that consisted mostly of me typing, btw).
    https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/610545/ai-and-drones-are-being-used-to-control-construction-projects/

    On that same site there just happens to be a story whose title you can read in its URL below. That warehouse is open and operational right now – built specifically to remove humans from their business equations*.
    https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/611463/a-giant-new-retail-fulfillment-center-in-china-has-only-four-employees/

    edit: to remove humans from their workforce, they'll still need money from humans, while humans have money.

  5. It is horrible in 2028. Machines have taken over and humans are down to a few million hiding in abandoned mines and sewers

  6. So… I’m on the right track 😯.
    Why I can't meet people who like these kind of videos, works in construction as me and want to make that future a reality?

    Isn’t there any reddit community of this kind?

  7. Drone wrangler, indeed. How about squadron leader or wing commander, something with panache? Besides, robot wrangler would not only be more accurate, in the common sense of the word, but it also flaunts syntactic consonance. Once fully-realized AI is achieved, the human wrangler can once again become the prosaic team leader. Until the revolution.

  8. Love the channel! However i feel this is a failure of imagination on how comprehensive Artificial intelligence could become in the near future

  9. So many people see robots stealing their jobs. Unexpectedly, they open up new, better quality jobs. Robot may even have other robots service them but there will always be countless situations crying out for the flexibility of human hands and responsiveness to the unexpected only human intuition can deal with. Robots save your back and long term health with the hope of more flex time freedom for the human to enjoy the better things in life. My only wish is to be able to afford the extremely expensive quality education of robotics but my math skills suck and I do not want to spend the rest of my life paying for an education that can be worthless in a few years.

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