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Digital Transformation Enhancing the Future of Construction.

Updated: Mar 5

Creating the Future of Construction

The engineering, and construction (E&C) industry continues to grow and plays a significant role in a country's growth.

Construction is known for operating in silos, relying on antiquated technologies, and lagging behind other industries. The pandemic prompted many companies to innovate, and companies that integrated safety and communication technology will be better able to preserve themselves when the problem is over.

Safety, communication, and operations will be improved significantly by technology. In the construction industry, time and cost overruns are major concern, which influences productivity and efficiency.

Building on the changing dynamics of the construction industry, where innovation at all levels of business operations becomes more important,

digital transformation strategies are capable of improving quality, saving costs, increasing safety, reducing risks, and increasing profitability.

Construction businesses have an excellent opportunity to drive their digital transformation now given the growing internet penetration and rapid technical improvements across many countries.

By using emerging technologies and geospatial information to reduce project turnaround times, the industry is focusing less on traditional methods and more on intelligent construction management.

Using new technology to tackle challenges

The right implementation of technology affects several related processes and improves the overall construction process, so transforming the construction sector involves more than adding current technologies. To accomplish this, examine the current state of the company, develop a strategy for the future, and then make plans for how to get there.

The digital transformation of an organization involves more than just digitizing analogue functions - it involves a paradigm shift in how the organization operates to compete in the digital age. Ultimately, end-user adoption enables three important elements of transformation:

  • Growth is enabled by digital business,

  • Productivity and profitability are improved by digital processes, and

  • Usability for business needs is safely enabled by the digital infrastructure.

Building a strong framework for long-term success can be achieved by identifying and implementing effective digital tools, data-enabled devices, and software. Through innovative technology, it's possible to identify and quantify work tasks, minimizing or removing unnecessary efforts to maximize productivity and efficiency. Among the benefits of digital technologies are improved worker safety and morale, in addition to helping with project budgets and timelines.

Productivity and effectiveness are necessary to deliver results.

The construction industry is often saddled with antiquated practices that stifle productivity. In the last decade, productivity in the construction industry increased by only 1-2 per cent per year. Compared to other industries, which increase productivity nearly three times as fast, this industry lags.

Demand for construction services is growing at a rapid pace, and the construction workforce is ageing, so efficiency and productivity are key factors determining whether or not a crew is overworked and if customers are satisfied. Productivity is increased by digitizing procurement, leveraging the supply chain, improving on-site operations, and increasing automation.

Utilizing technologies such as AI, IoT, and VR can help construction companies modernize every aspect of their operations. It reduces the time required for designing, obtaining permissions, and calculating the resources required for project modifications.