There’s no denying nor stopping that the world is becoming more connected through technology, and as a result, more efficient and faster moving. Advances in technology allow us to communicate across space, in real time, largely without lags and hiccups. Despite the many benefits of technologising work and communication, the construction industry has noticeably lagged other industries. But, there’s signs that the industry is beginning to change, and the benefits it’s seen from it so far.
The manufacturing industry is charging ahead with technology
The benefits of implementing technology is especially seen in the manufacturing industry, the sector who’s led the implementation of technology for the past few decades. Manufacturing has seen a rapid increase in productivity through systematic efforts to digitising work, implanting robotic labour, automated data collection and storage, and online communication.
Smarter communication with technology
Gone are the days of loose paper prints, phone calls cutting out from poor reception, or emails lost in the spam folder. In the workplace technology has led to something of a communications revolution. It allows remote teams to work dynamically and efficiently on problems, sometimes even making real-time edits in the same spreadsheet, despite being separated by thousands of kilometres (or just by 10 meters in an office).
Construction is closing the gap slowly
There’s no denying that the E&C industry have some catching up to do before it’s as efficient and technology-driven as the manufacturing industry. There might be many reasons for this, such as the necessity for manual human labour due to the unpredictable construction environments, the reluctance to use new technology, a lack of devices and systems created specifically for construction in mind, and so forth.
Manufacturing largely takes place in controlled settings where the same technology can be implemented in a score of different manufacturing settings, but construction is infinitely more complex, which is perhaps why they’ve taken longer to find their technological footing.
The benefits of implementing technology
Technology in construction allows for a score of benefits. Some of these are smarter communication across and within teams, optimised planning, real-time change-making on blueprints, swifter data collection, data storage, data analysis for reducing spend, waste, and optimising workflow for future projects. Technology will help you work faster, smarter, and make more money.
Today, there are options for forward-thinking E&C businesses who wish to optimise their performance to improve their productivity. Devices, systems and software such as construction document control software that is specifically designed for construction in mind.
WebFM works with construction companies across the world to get them working smarter, faster, and more integrated. With us, technology doesn’t have to be intimidating – it can be a natural extension of your current workplace practices. Get in touch to learn more about how you can improve your day-to-day with us.