Digitizing the construction industry

Every morning, I begin my day by screaming to the other side of my apartment at my Google Home to play music whilst I get ready for my morning. In the evenings, I am using my smart TV to cuddle up with my pup to watch something on Netflix. During my day, I am typing away on my laptop and trying to keep up to date with the latest news for the industry. All while my cellphone is less than five ft. away from me.

I think its safe to say that I am not alone in this regard. Technology has made its way into almost every part of my day.

In the world of construction, this adoption hasn’t come fast enough for some industry stakeholders. A recent study titled Construction in a Digital World, released by KPMG and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), combined the responses of those surveyed into one neatly packaged benchmark report.

The 15-page report lays out the responses to a survey conducted by KPMG and CCA in November 2020. Overall, construction companies rated their digital “maturity” as fairly low with one-quarter of respondents saying they are in a considerable or great position compared to competitors.

For ways companies can include digital technology into their repertoire, the report lays out a few options. This includes artificial intelligence, BIM, wireless monitoring, augmented reality, and cloud-based services.

Although this might sound intimidating, there are resources available to support those looking to incorporate these types of systems within the company. Not only that; but there are so many to choose from that will work for your individual needs. Choose what works best for your company.

We’ve even had our very own Glenn Mellors write about ways to incorporate software solutions into your company (www.plumbingandhvac.ca/dispatch-despair-part-ii). Cloud-based technology can help track the trucks out on jobs to ensure that the company is utilizing its technicians efficiently.

“To help you assess the available technologies, determine which ones will be most impactful and understand their timelines for development,” according to the CCA and KPMG report.

And as Mellors stated in his article, create a shopping list of what you are looking for out of your cloud-based software and find the right fit for you.

Technology has already made its way into so much of our lives; what’s one more part.


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