Best-selling author and trend expert Jack Uldrich is scheduled to speak today to Executive Leaders with Associated General Contractors of Minnesota

Press Release updated: Aug 28, 2018 16:00 CDT

MINNEAPOLIS, August 28, 2018 – Internationally-acclaimed futurist Jack Uldrich will be downtown today speaking with a group of executives from Associated General Contractors of Minnesota. His presentation will address the emerging trends and technologies that are shaping the future of construction. As a frequent presenter to builders, architects, and numerous other construction-related industries, this is a familiar topic for Uldrich.

His research and insights have guided thousands of executives and other leaders in construction over the years, and the industry is an area of primary focus for him as a futurist. Uldrich's presentation today will be focused on the game-changing technologies that could transform construction in the coming years. 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.

Each of these trends and technologies is advancing at an exponential pace, and Uldrich will explore the possibilities the future may hold for them, and what impacts they may have on how we design and build in the future. He will also discuss how company leadership can “future-proof” their businesses in a fast-changing world.

The faster we can recognize potential changes in technology, the better-prepared the construction industry will be in the long run.

Jack Uldrich

Futurist & Founder of the School of Unlearning

According to Uldrich, “The faster we can recognize potential changes in technology, the better-prepared the construction industry will be in the long run. Everyone in the industry from ranging from architects to engineers to construction workers will need to increase their awareness of the advances in technology because at the end of the day these technologies will radically impact their future.”

Regardless of what new technologies emerge, Uldrich cautions “against betting heavily on any particular technology and instead advocates the use of 'future-proofing' plans providing enough flexibility to adjust to whatever is to come.”

A prolific speaker on construction trends, he speaks to clients in the industry both nationally and internationally. Uldrich's clients include BBE Hydro Constructors, the Construction Industry Roundtable (CIRT), Parson Brinckerhoff, Jacobsen Construction, Black and Veatch, Cunningham, Henkels & McCoy, Knutson Construction, Mortenson, and Camden Construction.

To learn more about Uldrich's thoughts on the future of construction, you can read his recent article on the topic: The Future of Construction is Accelerating. For his other articles, videos, and resource links, please visit his website.

Source: Jack Uldrich & The School of Unlearning

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