3 Ways Elon Musk is Disrupting the Construction Industry | The B1M

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3 Ways Elon Musk is Disrupting the Construction Industry | The B1M
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  • Pioneering startups and tech savvy entrepreneurs are disrupting the construction industry like
  • never before.
  • But the stand-out figure in this exciting revolution is undoubtedly Elon Musk.
  • Widely regarded as one of the most ambitious and successful entrepreneurs of recent times,
  • Musk is the man behind Tesla, SpaceX and a whole host of other companies that are driving
  • rapid change within the construction industry.
  • Here, we look at three ways he is disrupting our sector.
  • First up is Musk’s impact on transport infrastructure in the form of hyperloop - a new high-speed
  • mode of travel that’s billed as the fastest way to cross the surface of the earth.
  • The hyperloop concept sees pods containing passengers and cargo loaded onto transporters
  • that travel at airline speed in pressurised tubes using electric propulsion and magnetic
  • levitation.
  • Many people dismissed the concept as infeasible and a media stunt when Musk first proposed
  • it in 2012.
  • Despite this, he made hyperloop open source and encouraged student groups and start-up
  • companies to take his idea and develop it further.
  • Since then, an entirely new industry has been born with numerous companies being established
  • to independently develop specific hyperloop technologies.
  • Proving that it isn't just a fantasy, larger companies, like Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
  • (HTT) and Virgin Hyperloop One, have modified Musk’s original concept and are now in a
  • serious race to become the first to deploy an operational hyperloop system that could
  • revolutionise the way we travel.
  • As part of Musk’s ongoing vision to move the world away from a “mine and burn”
  • economy and towards a “solar” economy, he assisted his cousins Peter and Lyndon Rive,
  • in establishing SolarCity in 2006.
  • By 2011 it had become one of the leading installers of solar panels and electric vehicle chargers
  • in the United States.
  • After recognising the symbiotic relationship between the SolarCity and Tesla, Musk merged
  • the two companies in 2016, expanding SolarCity to not only provide a means of energy production,
  • but one of energy storage as well.
  • By combining the solar panel systems with his Tesla Powerwall, Musk was able to offer
  • a practical means to store excess energy produced on sunny days, so that it would kick in at
  • times when the sun did not shine.
  • This weaned millions homes off their reliance on traditional power grids as the fallback
  • for solar power during the night and on cloudy days.
  • Musk also announced in 2016 that SolarCity would introduce the “Tesla Solar Roof”
  • - a system where roof tiles act as photovoltaic (PV) panels, thus ensuring that the ability for
  • a household to generate solar power is integral to its design, not just bolted-on later.
  • Production is already underway in Tesla's Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York and the
  • first commercial installations are expected in 2018.
  • With numerous established misconceptions about construction industry across society, many
  • of the brightest young people are pushed into what are perceived to as “higher-flying”
  • careers by their parents, guardians and teachers.
  • The result is a lack of strong young talent coming into our sector; a sector that uses
  • cutting-edge technology everyday, that enables you to travel the world and which delivers
  • a built environment that almost every human being on earth interacts with.
  • Elon Musk is one of the key figures challenging those misconceptions.
  • In December 2016, while stuck in traffic in Los Angeles -
  • Musk tweeted that he would build a tunnel to address the cities traffic congestion.
  • Within two months he had purchased a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) and begun excavating
  • a test tunnel at his SpaceX headquarters under a new venture; The Boring Company.
  • Similarly, in response to ongoing power failures in South Australia, brought on by storms and
  • heatwaves, Musk stated that he would solve the states’ energy needs by building the
  • world's largest battery farm in less than 100 days. If he couldn’t achieve his goal
  • - he promised to do it for free. Musk went on to deliver with a month to spare.
  • The speed at which many of Musk’s ideas move from concepts to real world applications
  • affecting millions of people is rapidly demonstrating the power of construction to our wider society.
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