We are currently embarking on a new blog series to uncover what the construction industry will look like as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically looking to answer: What will work look like in construction after COVID? Today, let’s narrow in on how processes will change.
In the age of technology, one could assume that construction and design have never been more in sync. In reality, both seem to be parting ways due to the lack of project collaboration, effective communication, and poor implementation of technology. Similar to fairy tales that don’t have happy endings, some of the most recent projects in the industry are suffering unfortunate outcomes. Complex design is often one of the main challenges to be overcome in the construction phase.
On large construction projects, staying on schedule and on budget are two top priorities for project success, with the need for heightened safety and quality top of mind as well. A confluence of factors—such as the COVID-19 pandemic, labor shortages, safety, and security—have made it tougher than ever to keep projects on time.
Today, construction companies can tap into an arsenal of tools and technologies to help perform work in a way that is productive and safe. Technology companies continue to come to market with new products aimed at improving business processes. Here’s a closer look at some of the new products and platforms on the market today. Modeling Moves Forward BIM (building information modeling) continues to advances, offering construction professionals the ability to use technology to improve business processes. One area in particular that is seeing an infusion of new capabilities is 4D modeling.
Has BIM (building information modeling) evolved in the last 20 years?
We have all heard the numbers. Labor-productivity growth in construction has averaged only 1% a year in the past two decades, which is compared with growth of 2.8% for the total world economy and 3.6% in the case of manufacturing.
AR (augmented reality) is beginning to grow in popularity for a number of industries including construction.
Of course, we live in a data-driven world. From your handheld computer, called a smartphone, to the supercomputer on your desktop, data is everywhere. The social media that has become the go-to source of communication and interaction depends on input—data—to provide that communication.
With construction projects becoming more complex and a continued lack of skilled workers, companies more often need to rely on software to help fill in the gaps. Technology can be key to help businesses become more efficient, and thus more profitable. In order to do this, contractors need choice.