From the Wall Street Journal comes this layman's view of advances in the construction industry:

In an industry where practices have barely changed for decades, the building site of the future promises comprehensive online modeling, drones as surveyors, and virtual-reality images of everything from building sites to commercial real estate.

Led by some big builders and a clutch of startups stretching from Australia to Silicon Valley, the industry is seeking to eliminate the delays and cost overruns that have plagued it in the past.

“We are certainly seeing a rapid shift toward digitization in the construction sector, as the industry looks to harness new technologies to drive more-efficient delivery,” says Alasdair Reisner, chief executive of the U.K.-based Civil Engineering Contractors Association, who sees huge opportunities in building a digital construction industry.

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