We are living in an era wherein digital technology has become an integral part of our lives. Across every industry and workforce, it has managed to streamline and adapt to the requirements day to day. The impact is beyond measure, and it has become the way forward for everyone. But, despite digital technology’s whirlwind growth over the years, the construction industry is still on the fence with it.
According to research conducted some of Australia’s pioneers in the construction industry such as the Australian Broadband Advisory Council’s Construction Expert group and Laing O’Rourke, the construction workforce is at the bottom of the list when it comes to awareness and knowledge of digital innovation. Industries like aviation, aeronautics and automation, to name a few, are making the most out of technology. There is so much potential benefit that can be reaped if it is understood and used well. But when it comes to the construction industry, some things are still very traditional. In most scenarios, cost overlooks value, and this defeats the purpose of exploring innovation and achieving productivity that is delivered with the help of technology.
While the existing digital tools come with pros and cons, one must always look at the possibilities of overcoming the existing constraints which will help them to create opportunities from it. But this isn’t as easy as it sounds; for major change to occur within the industry, there needs to be a massive shake-up of things. With the combined effort made by the public and private sector, construction business and the whole supply chain, everyone has a part to play and a contribution to make. The government in itself plays a big role in this.
In Britain and Singapore, the governments are heavily involved in the construction industry by helping them incorporate digital technology into their long-term goals. But even with the support of the government and the local bodies, all firms, big and small, need to question themselves on what their real goals are. Technology can bring in efficiency and productivity to counter existing problems, but it’s important for firms to determine their needs and how it can be integrated with digital technology.
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