Leading construction companies in the internet of things theme

Leading construction companies in the internet of things theme

The future of the construction industry will be shaped by a series of disruptive themes, with the Internet of Things (IoT) being one of the themes that will have a significant impact on construction companies.

IoT describes the use of connected sensors and actuators to control and monitor the environment, the things that move within it, and the people who act within it. IoT is extremely beneficial to the construction industry. This allows different assets and people to be monitored and accounted for across a traditionally fragmented industry.

According to GlobalData forecasts, spending on IoT in construction will reach $9.6 billion by 2025, from $4.4 billion in 2019, a compound annual growth rate of 14.6%. For an industry that has large sites to manage, tight project timelines, hazardous working conditions and tight profit margins, IoT can create a manageable overview of construction sites for project managers, streamlining operations and protecting workers. In addition, it allows real-time data streams from assets, automates time-consuming tasks and ensures employee safety and productivity.


However, not all companies are equal when it comes to their capabilities and investments in the key themes that matter most to their industry. Understanding how companies are positioned and ranked in the major themes can be an important leading indicator of their future earnings potential and relative competitive position.

According to GlobalData’s thematic research report, Internet of Things in Construction, leading users include: Siemens, Shimizu, Vinci, Skanska, Acciona, AECOM, Laing O’Rourke and Balfour Beatty.

Insights from top-ranked companies


Siemens is a leading industrial internet provider for the construction industry. The company offers three comprehensive solutions: Industrial Edge (for edge computing), MindSphere (for IoT as a service), and Mendix (a low-code IoT platform). The solutions connect industrial assets and integrate with legacy automation and production systems. Asset Manager is a built-in feature of MindSphere, through which assets can be connected and monitored.

Balfour Beatty

Design, construction and infrastructure services provider Balfour Beatty has used IoT technology on several different projects. Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions has partnered with IOTAS, a smart apartment technology company, to create smart homes for Purdue University students. It included smart lighting, thermostats, outlets and full integration with Amazon Echo and Google Assistant. The company also created EcoNet, an IoT-based technology that manages the power supply of building sites to reduce carbon emissions. This system was first introduced in May 2020 on the East Leeds Orbital Route project – the construction of 7km of ring roads around Leeds city centre. EcoNet delivered an 83% reduction in carbon emissions in the first six months of use, optimizing heating, hot water and external light schedules from the network supply.


AECOM has developed an AI-powered platform called Capture, designed to support the project management process. The platform captures and analyzes the data generated about a construction project from sources such as drones, robots and smart tags. It monitors and tracks components and equipment on a construction site, which can then be used to create 3D models or automatically validate contractors’ work and process associated payments. Over time, data collected from multiple projects can be used to increase the accuracy of schedules, estimates, and rough orders of magnitude (ROMs) for future projects. AECOM has also installed IoT for operations and maintenance. The regeneration project in Japan involved the design, construction and operation of pre-World War II buildings, and AECOM installed IoT sensors to monitor and manage all building facilities, such as CCTV and lighting.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the construction industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Internet of Things in Construction.

  • Shimizu
  • MA Mortensen
  • Bouygues
  • Doosan
  • PCL construction
  • McDermott
  • China State Construction Engineering
  • Loan lease
  • Clark Construction
  • Petrofac
  • Ferrovial
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction
  • TechnipFMC
  • MaireTecnimont
  • Tecnicas Reunidas
  • Larsen and Toubro
  • ACS
  • Fluorine
  • Lapwing
  • Shikun & Binui
  • Yapi Center
  • Mosinzhproekt
  • China National Machinery Industry
  • China Communications Construction
  • China Railway Construction
  • Saipem
  • Shapoorji Pallonji
  • China Railway

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