Adapting to digital technology
There are many advantages to digital construction. The use of this technology is a massive opportunity for the industry to build more productively, and most importantly attracts a younger and more diverse workforce. These benefits are vital as demand for housing continues to rise, but what are the advantages for contractors?
 Training for the future
- Knowing when to use it - and when not to;
- Actively considering the problems it could solve rather than adopting technology for its own sake;
- Understanding how to embed its adoption and how to communicate its benefits;
- Being clear on the information management needed to support it.”
 Using innovative digital technologies
- Augmented reality
- Virtual reality
- Automated vehicles
- 3D printing
- Artificial intelligence (AI)
- Wearable tech
- Online applications
- Data Analytics
“For some, this has been a stepping stone to more advanced technologies, as staff started to see the benefits of digital and help to find new ways of solving problems” - Unlocking Construction’s Digital Future Report - CITB
Another technology which is becoming more commonly used is drones. Drones can help improve the process and efficiency of surveying, and is a safer method of accessing dangerous places that are hard to reach.
- Work performance
- Estimating costs and quotations
- Resource management
- Quality control
- Health & safety
With the advancement of digital technologies, contractors will be able to input data more efficiently with predictive text, voice recognition and screen capturing documents. By having this data stored into a secure database (or the cloud), staff will be able to easily access it through a variety of devices, while updating and sending across updated data in seconds.
Adapting to different technologies can be difficult for workers, especially when they have been using the same techniques for many years. Although the methods in construction are often the same, the advancement of technology has improved the productivity and efficiency of projects.