Updated: May 26
Companies can conduct their own takeoff assessment using technology like commercial drones before moving any dirt or submitting a proposal, allowing them to set a realistic budget and timeframe that helps them avoid data inconsistencies down the road.
Every project manager hopes that their construction project will be completed on time, on budget, and without controversy. However, 88 percent of construction companies are facing project delays, 89 percent are having difficulty recruiting suitable personnel, and 9 out of 10 construction projects are over budget.
Project managers face a variety of challenges, including severe weather, equipment failure, missing or incomplete data, project errors, post-bid disputes, persistent labor shortages, and communication concerns.
Construction projects may resolve issues swiftly and calmly, avoid delays, and leave minimal room for error or rework using innovative technology like drone data visualization.
Can technology help prevent and resolve workplace conflicts?
According to the 2021 Global Construction Disputes Report, the global average of disputes between construction businesses and their clients increased considerably in 2020. Lack of visibility into project data hampered communication routes, and unexpected developments are all common causes of disagreement.
By capturing worksite circumstances during the pre-bid phase, made-for-construction technology alleviates the pain of disagreement and reduces unjustified delays. Companies can conduct their own takeoff assessment using technology like commercial drones before moving any dirt or submitting a proposal, allowing them to set a realistic budget and timeframe that helps them avoid data inconsistencies down the road.
A project without dispute is more likely to be finished on time, with all stakeholders having access to a single source of progress information.
Attract and Keep Skilled Employees
Earthworks firms have two major challenges: a shortage of younger people to replace a retiring workforce and a shortage of qualified workers to support construction technology. For every new worker that joins the construction industry,
The latest construction technology can attract young skilled individuals who would otherwise opt for a career path outside of the construction business. The opportunity to learn new skills and work with cutting-edge equipment that they may not find at other employment makes the workplace more engaging, which leads to higher productivity and retention.
Bringing new technology into the workplace demonstrates a company's dedication to supporting and empowering its employees by providing new chances for training and education. This results in well-managed projects, which means less stressful workdays and more job satisfaction.
Improve Project Planning Data Accuracy
Through openness and availability, incorporating technological solutions into construction projects enhances data accuracy while allowing cross-team cooperation.
Project managers can create a near-real-time 3D model of the workplace using drone visualization. For better machine and resource planning, the flyover allows operators to spot utility line conflicts and measure the amount of soil that needs to be transported. It also allows operators to share this information with their colleagues in real-time over the cloud.
From inception to conclusion, construction projects require precise communication and documentation. Drone photogrammetric data allows teams to perform work more precisely and renegotiate adjustments that might otherwise be challenging. This information can be collected more regularly to get more accurate Jobsite models and to manage materials.
Technology in Construction Wrap
Because they rely so significantly on buildings or infrastructure assets, the E&C sector will remain a cornerstone of the global economy and almost every other industry. Because our homes, jobs, and modes of transportation between them are all components of the built environment, it will continue to shape our everyday lives in a variety of ways.
E&C has been significantly slower to adopt new technologies than many other industries and is just now beginning to modernize. Its labor productivity, which had been stagnant for decades, is finally rising and should continue to rise if new digital technologies are widely embraced. 105 The sector has also been sluggish to adjust its business practices, but businesses are beginning to pay more attention lately. The construction industry has also been reluctant to adjust its business tactics, although corporations are starting to pay more attention to a building's whole life-cycle cost, for example, and are becoming more open to working with other businesses. Here, project owners and investors will play an essential role.
Construction companies are beginning to embrace technology. Companies that develop and use construction technology gain the benefits of enhanced productivity, improved teamwork, and on-time and under-budget project completion, resulting in higher profit margins.
It may be a bitter pill to swallow, but we've reached a stage where companies that don't invest in new technologies and solutions are losing ground to those that deliberately adopt and execute tech solutions. Construction companies that refuse to innovate are doomed to fail. The new era in construction will benefit everyone: the general public by lowering construction costs and negative social consequences; the environment by improving the efficient use of scarce materials or reducing the negative environmental impact of buildings over time; and the economy by closing the global infrastructure gap and boosting overall economic development. This potential will manifest itself quickly and dramatically. In fact, significant changes are already occurring, just not on a large enough scale. There is still work to be done.