College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Paul Weber, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Autonomy is a topic that is gaining speed throughout the world as labor shortages rise, wages increase the desire for greater safety in dangerous fields accelerates. One industry that has had a slower start but looks to join the autonomous bandwagon is construction. Different experts in different fields from engineers to construction managers give different timelines as to when this autonomous technology will be normally present in certain construction industries, however an accurate timeline has yet to be determined. The objective of this paper is to provide a more accurate timeline as to when autonomous heavy equipment will be prevalent in the construction industry. This data can be helpful to construction companies for determining new workplace practices, safety lessons, budgets, and improve the views and goals of the company for long-term growth. Qualitative data was obtained from questionnaires sent out to multiple industry experts and was compared to the research data currently available on the subject. It was found that the technology itself has many technological and social complications that must be fully addressed before it will be seen routinely or efficiently on constructions sites and its implementation is very far off.