Following a successful Bauma in 2022 it further underlines that the construction industry is not ready to say goodbye to live and in-person trade shows. The show provided a snapshot of the state of the industry now, and where it might develop in the future. There was a strong focus on sustainable technologies and products, from battery powered compact machines to hydrogen engines and electric powertrains. Connected technology was also a big feature of the event. At ConExpo not only were the telematics systems on display able to access data from different equipment manufacturers, but many contained information on a project’s carbon footprint.
This means that it will be much easier for this information to be accessed on all projects. In the future, contractors could receive a financial bonus or a penalty at set stages of a build if they emit more or less carbon than estimated. The show also provided a glimpse of a future where AI interacts with BIM and digital twin models, as well as the actual construction equipment itself on the site. The use of AI will play a key role in construction’s sustainability push. By the time of the next ConExpo in 2026, contractors may be able to open their phone and, at a click of a button, see the total cost per unit of material moved by each piece of equipment as well as the carbon emissions of all of the equipment on site and be offered solutions on reducing it.