By shifting the backbone of business operations from analogue to digital, construction companies have been through realistic end-user adoption been able to increase productivity and profitability. Traditional business landscapes have had to undergo a complete overhaul to deal with the current global situation, modern customer expectations and to remain successful in a digital world. It has also helped towards increasing health parameters as well as security.
Digital transformation in construction is without doubt a process that has gained momentum, as most innovative construction companies understand and adopt technologically intuitive tools that promote team collaboration effectively. It has in large part allowed construction sites to keep projects on track and to work on reasonable budgets.
Covid-19 and digital transformation
Covid-19 of course has contributed towards the acceleration of the digital transformation in the industry. Other than for the actual construction or renovation work, most of the initial preparation, designing and planning has shifted to a digital platform with online tools and technology helping reduce the need for face to face contact. Other than when absolutely necessary, it accelerated the conversion of the construction industry into one that functions smoothly virtually, whenever possible.
More focus on proactive safety
This has become doubly important owing to the current global pandemic. Construction is by nature a hands-on job and construction companies have turned to implementing automated processes to help reduce the risk factor of exposure for their employees. Initial discussions and planning have switched to online platforms and has allowed for greater coordination within team members, so that all necessary safety measures and regulations are communicated quickly.
Besides the current situation, going digital has strengthened the safety aspect of the industry as it has made easier the log and tracking of safety inspections, it has allowed for tools to do safety evaluations and predict probable problems, so that measures can be taken to prevent issues rather than waiting for something to actually happen. Streamlined processes and the elimination of communication gaps have benefited the industry immensely.
Further benefits of digital transformation for the construction sector
It has helped the sector be a competitive player in a world that has gone digital. Quicker response times, improved workflow, increased documentation accuracy, lower costs, faster turnaround times and smarter resource management have all contributed towards construction companies not only staying in the race but to actually surge ahead. Many longstanding industry issues that needed resolving, such as quality control issues, tight profit margins and delayed delivery on high profile projects have steadily been addressed and resolved.
Innovative and sustainable designs and materials are in align with the current trend of the world to consider our impact on the planet and has allowed more people to invest in construction with a clearer conscience.
Embracing automation – Being digital has helped construction companies to continue work with speed and efficiently even with a diminishing workforce. It has enabled them to work with a smaller labour force and still be productive, catering to the current demand to complete projects faster and cheaper.
Improved collaboration – It has completely revolutionised communication and data sharing processes, for quicker responses and decision making. It also keeps everyone in the loop, basically eliminating the fear of miscommunications or unshared vital data. Improved collaboration has created a smooth workflow process that increases the overall productivity and management of a construction site.
Enticing younger workers – Going digital has also helped the construction sector attract much needed younger job seekers. For a generation that thrives online, a digitalised construction industry has its perks and attractions which is why after quite a shortage of newcomers, more and more young people today, are recognising the construction industry as a viable career option.
Eliminate bottlenecks – The overall digitally collaborative nature of the industry ensures that all bottlenecks are eliminated. If a problem is detected, accurate information can be shared immediately, encouraging prompt action so that speed and efficiency can be maintained at all times.
Using mobile for real time communication
Today, this plays a critical role in ensuring the fluid functioning of practically all industries, not just the construction sector. Real time communication has been a game changer for the construction industry as well as it has eliminated communication delays, thereby allowing for quicker real time decision making.
Further, it has streamlined the recruitment process which is another reason more millennials are becoming interested in joining the industry. With digital platforms like Openforce, construction vacancies, recruitment, communication, management and safe payments are centralised on one convenient designated digital platform. It eliminates the need for multiple players in the recruitment process and has made it more cost effective as well. The digital transformation that the construction industry is constantly evolving, allowing this booming industry to be a relevant player in the modern world. As it harnesses the power of modern technology to suit the needs and demands of an age old industry, it ensures its continuous organic development.