Embracing Technology in Construction

Technology is changing the world in so many ways.

It allows us to communicate quicker and easier; it lets us access information in seconds; and it’s built a world of entertainment and education that our ancestors could never have imagined.

So why is the construction industry not embracing digital technology in the way other industries have?

In construction, technology could help us to monitor and mitigate H&S risks, reduce costs and delays, reduce environmental impact, increase communication and collaboration, and the list goes on… So why is the construction industry not embracing digital technology in the way other industries have?

Construction is unlike any other industry; there are major complexities to work around and regulations to work towards. The scale of construction activity across the world is immense. It’s an industry that occurs everywhere, which shows how important it is to stay updated and utilise what is available to us to allow us to do a better and safer job.

Technology may well be the answer to a lot of the problems across the industry. Document handling, health and safety guidance, programme management, and budget control are just a handful of tasks that can be managed more accurately and efficiently.

See some of the ways below how different technology can make a positive impact on the actions in the construction industry.

  • Cloud technologies can record all data, actions and tasks to monitor progress and track responsibilities and signed off tasks – holding people accountable for their actions and decisions.
  • Digital interactive models can enhance traditional drawing layouts and introduce intricate design and visualisation, preventing clashes in systems and changes later in the construction phase.
  • Many manual tasks can be automated, reducing paid time, possible human error and repetitive tasks for safer and more efficient processes.
  • A Common Data Environment (CDE) introduces a controlled means of sharing reliable information and can improve collaboration and communication, removing the need for manual sharing and updating of information.
  • Data analytics can produce accurate real-time analysis, providing transparent data that all stakeholders can view.
  • Inconsistencies in design or data can be highlighted early in the project to avoid unnecessary expenditure, wasted time or even health and safety concerns. 
  • Aspects of construction data can be analysed to identify problematic areas and optimise for better working processes and profitability.
  • Sustainable construction practices can be monitored, ensuring the project minimising its environmental impacts.
  • And above all else, a well-structured, accurate and reliable data handover will replace the paper-based O&M deliverable and enable massive savings over the operational lifecycle.

Let’s get the construction industry up to speed and modernise so that we can also benefit from the advantages technology can bring us.