For many construction companies, interoperability is a chief objective. By putting data in the hands of those who need it—on mobile devices, tablets, or desktops—teams can streamline project workflows. The good news is technology providers are offering solutions to address this need. Consider the example of AGTEK, which delivers on its slogan of providing “Dirt Simple Solutions.” The company offers tools to accurately takeoff and estimate construction quantities, model construction processes, and measure progress throughout the construction lifecycle. Matt Desmond, president, AGTEK, says, “We try and empower the people on the ground. And then to empower those people—they’re desktop users—we try and get all of our software in a simplified version out to them on mobile apps.” For example, SmartPlan takes plans to the field and documents site conditions and determines material quantities, while SmartDirt calculates dirt volumes in the field, and SmartTrack identifies where machines are working in realtime.
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.
Here at Constructech we recognize that a big challenge facing the construction industry today is the lack of interoperability between vendor systems. Too often construction companies are still manually importing and exporting data and relying on Excel spreadsheets.
Back in 2015, we at Constructech recognized the emergence of a new trend that has only exploded since that time: investors were eyeing that construction technology was an industry to fund. At the time, we identified that investors were interested in the construction-technology market because the construction industry is attractive—it’s large and it had been growing faster than the GDP. That trend is still apparent today, and it is changing the shape of the construction-technology market.
Lack of interoperability among construction companies is one of the biggest hurdles to adopting technology. Lately, technology providers have been coming together in an effort to streamline project workflows for contractors.
For those of you who follow this blog closely, you know that I have been covering what it takes to enable a smart, connected construction jobsite. In the past four weeks, I have dove into workers, materials, construction equipment, and tools. Today, I am going to wrap the series up, giving my perspective on what works, what doesn’t, and what is needed going forward.
Today, there is a rising awareness of the need for greater road safety and to improve existing transportation performance. A combination of more vehicles on the road, high traffic congestion, and greater urbanization are all leading to the implementation of ITS (intelligent transportation systems).
Many of you will remember a blog I wrote earlier this year about the lack of interoperability in the lifecycle of a construction project. I contend that there is a really big opportunity to extend data from the early design phases through construction and operations of a building.
The amount of construction work on prefabricated buildings—also known as modular or off-site construction—has almost tripled between 2010 and 2016. Further, contractors want to double their labor investments in prefabrication in the next five years, according to FMI Corp. We are looking at a big boom that is coming, but are we really ready?
I have been thinking a lot lately about how data moves through the construction lifecycle of a project—from design, to construction, and ultimately maintenance and management of a facility.