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The US infrastructure bill is a huge opportunity. Let’s not waste it


Robin Singh

Robin Singh is co-founder and CTO of Doxel, provider of AI-powered project controls for the construction industry.

The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and President Joe Biden’s larger domestic policy package garnered national interest because of the bipartisan struggles and brief periods of unity for the United States.
Now, in the passed legislation, there is $100 million earmarked over five years to “accelerate the deployment of digital construction technologies such as 3D modeling software and digital project management platforms,” thanks to the Coalition for Smarter Infrastructure Investments.
“President Biden believes we must produce, here at home, the technologies and goods that meet today’s challenges and seize tomorrow’s opportunities,” the White House said in a fact sheet.
Yet while the sweeping package — which aims to boost the economy, reduce carbon emissions and narrow economic inequality — gets off the ground, we in the private sector know infrastructure on this level will need robust changes that incorporate emerging technologies during design and construction, or much of the construction will only hamper our major cities and hubs.
Recent technological advances truly do have the ability to aid an industry th …

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