With Great Power Comes Big Surprises – Fate of Future Engineering

Engineering is a rewarding but demanding and challenging career that allows you to make a significant difference in people’s lives and the world at large.

An engineer’s job is to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, saving lives and developing amazing new technological breakthroughs that can improve our lives.

We’re living in a period of extreme and rapid change, with AI and automation disrupting every industry. These new technologies increase efficiencies while drastically altering the workplace landscape. We will see more development and change in the field of engineering in the next three decades than we have ever seen before. Some machinery will be self-assembling and autonomous, more data will be collected, and our cities, workplaces, and homes will be drastically altered. By 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9 billion, with two-thirds of the population living in cities and urban areas.

Engineering will evolve in direct proportion with technology. It is critical for businesses to understand the key drivers of this technology shift and plan accordingly to ensure the safety and sustainability of the Future.

Let’s take a look at some of the changes that technology will bring to the engineering of the future.

How will technology change engineering?

Engineers will be expected to do much more in the future, which means that demand for various types of engineers will increase. Engineers required in various industries will vary depending on the industry. Civil engineers, for example, will be needed to revolutionize our cities, mechanical engineers to improve how we travel, biomedical and chemical engineers to help overcome difficult health issues, and computer engineers to develop the technology that will enable all of this.

What does technology bring to the table?

  • Safety – Every major technological advancement in the engineering industry brings an increase in safety. Thanks to AI & IoT, engineers would find themselves in safer working conditions. Automated safety protocols and stronger defensive measures would be more robust than ever before as we move into a new era of unprecedented technological power and control. 
  • Smartness – Smart materials have existed for decades, but they have yet to completely replace traditional building materials. Buildings may be constructed of entirely different materials in the future to allow them to respond to stimuli rather than being passive structures. Self-healing materials can repair themselves over time in response to damage or long-term wear and tear. Other materials can be used to convert walls into solar panels, allowing our cities to generate their own energy. As the world becomes more focused on reducing pollution, any materials that can reduce or even absorb carbon emissions will be in high demand.
  • Sustainability – One of the most popular construction trends is Green Construction Technology. The advantages of incorporating green technology into construction are numerous and extensive, providing significant advantages in both new and existing structures.

Green technology makes buildings more energy-efficient and long-lasting, resulting in a lower carbon footprint and less environmental impact. Green construction technology provides significant benefits to builders, building owners, and tenants alike.

  • Security – By 2050, several jobs will be completely automated. However, new jobs will emerge in unexpected places, in fields that do not yet exist. According to all projections, half of today’s schoolchildren will work in jobs that do not yet exist.

Engineering will become more agile & secure, with a focus on creativity, design, and analysis, as well as flexible workers with a variety of soft and interpersonal skills. These are qualities and skills that machines can’t duplicate, and they’ll help the engineering workforce keep moving forward.

  • Surprises – With Great Power Comes Big Surprises. The future has and will always be unpredictable. However, being proactive is the key. 

Almost everything in our homes and workplaces will be connected to the internet as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more connected and widespread. Smart appliances may expose us to cyber-crime on a societal and personal level. Safeguards will be required at all levels, beginning with the government, and progressing through businesses and individuals. To prevent cyber-attacks on our health care system, police, or military, critical infrastructure must be protected first. To keep everyone as safe as possible, best practices must be established and followed.

  • Smile – The construction industry is increasingly embracing digital technologies such as building information modeling (BIM), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), laser scanning, robotics, 3D printing, prefabrication, DfMa platforms, analytics software, blockchain, digital twins, and the internet of things.

AEC businesses that research and implement construction technology reap the benefits of increased productivity, better collaboration, and completing projects on time and under budget, resulting in higher profit margins and big smiles.

The infrastructure that sustains the world must change as the world changes.

Our cities and towns should change to accommodate new modes of transportation, and new ways of living and working, and will likely be unrecognizable to us now. The infrastructure that we are seeing today must be future-proofed for tomorrow’s technology, able to adapt or be redesigned to integrate with an ever-changing technological landscape.

The demand for emerging technologies and technological advancements are evolving every day. A career in engineering looks quite exciting.

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