Blockchain and its implementation in construction: A CSI exclusive

June 4, 2018

In his exclusive feature, Greg Ceton, CSI, explores the potential of blockchain and what it could mean for the construction industry.
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By now, most people have heard of Bitcoin[2], the most notable current blockchain[3]-based implementation; however, many do not realize that far beyond the realms of cryptocurrency, blockchain has the capacity to revolutionize the way the world does business.

Built on a framework comprised of encryption[4] and distributed peer-to-peer[5] sharing, the concept of blockchain is rather simple: a blockchain is a distributed ledger that contains a record of transactions or other content and provides a means to validate the content of those records without a centralized authority. In doing so, it presents a flattening of the sometimes-clumsy traditional processes that drive and underpin business and social relationships. Blockchain will change the face of many landscapes, from banking and accounting, to politics, to the production of goods—and the construction industry is no exception.

So, what is blockchain? Here is a short description of its key components:

As the blockchain grows, the computing power required to change a block and make it appear valid in context of all other blocks expands. This continuous growth and the publicly shared nature of the blockchain makes it essentially impossible to change block contents, all without the need for an authority to verify change has not occurred.

So, what are the advantages for the construction industry? How can blockchain make building things easier, safer, and/or cheaper?

To read more, check out Greg Ceton’s feature article, “Blockchain and Its Implementation in Construction,” on CSI’s website by clicking here[7].

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