CSQ has partnered with Australia’s scientific research agency CSIRO to undertake a detailed report on the technological changes underway in Australia’s construction workforce.

The Farsight Project aims to predict how the role of construction workers will evolve over the next 20 years.

CSQ’s CEO Brett Schimming said the report will provide a vital roadmap as the industry enters a period of major transition.

“Rapid technological advancement, the globalisation of supply chains, new building systems, and the changing preferences of consumers will reshape what we build and how we build it,” he said.

“This has implications for construction workers and the skills and training needed in the future. These changes need to be foreseen, understood, and managed so we can anticipate the challenges and harness the opportunities.”

“Jobs in the construction industry of the future won’t look very much like they do today,” said Mr Schimming.

“Government and industry will need to work together to manage this technology transition so we are starting the conversation by leading this research.”

The construction industry is Queensland’s largest economic contributor, third largest employer, and includes the largest number of businesses across the State.

The six-month research project is being led by Dr George Quezada and Dr Stefan Hajkowicz from CSIRO.

Dr Quezada said “We think this is the first time a study like this has been carried out in Australia. For the first time we are bringing together the technological, social, economic and geopolitical trends affecting our construction industry.”

“We’re looking at the key forces reshaping the industry, so we can figure out what the industry will look like in 2035.”

“When CSQ approached us we saw the importance of this research to Queensland, and it connected with one of our new research initiatives on the future of Australian cities.”

“The first step is to understand what that future might look like. For example what will it mean for the construction worker when every single piece of material, machine and person is wirelessly connected to the internet?,” he said.

CSQ will be hosting a series of workshops in March, to share findings with Queensland’s construction industry, government, and education and training organisations.

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