Last edited 07 Dec 2020

Connected procurement



[edit] Introduction

In 2020, new processes and methods have emerged in all industries due to the need to work from home. Even construction has changed, prompted in part by clients who are embracing new technology. This, in combination with a range of other developments has resulted in the emergence of connected procurement, also referred to as procurement 4.0.

Instead of in-person meetings, people are now using web-based platforms to discuss, collaborate and plan. Even previously reluctant personnel and organisations have had to move to web-based alternatives, easing the way for greater digital transformation.

With a greater emphasis on data, clients may also demand greater transparency along with assurances regarding data protection and data integrity. However, those organisations that show a willingness to adopt new technologies may fare better both at finding new clients and creating new qualified partnerships.

[edit] Connected Procurement: The Foundation of Construction Success

In October 2020, Autodesk published a report on Connected Procurement based on responses from owners, contractors and subcontractors in the UK and Ireland. The report examined four areas:

[edit] Sustainability and innovation

The report found that owners and general contractors are looking for new partners to adapt to industry-wide trends. It also found that approximately a third of owners and general contractors acknowledge the need to use more sustainable construction methods, which is one of the factors that is driving them to find new subcontractors and vendors.

However, 20% of subcontractors report that owners’ internal procurement processes are a roadblock to adopting innovative construction methods like off-site manufacturing – and 29% of owners agree.

[edit] BuildingConnected

In conjunction with the publication of this report, Autodesk has introduced the BuildingConnected bid management platform to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The platform is already in operation in North America.


BuildingConnected incorporates the Autodesk Construction Cloud builders network, a crowdsourced network of construction professionals.

This information is based on a webinar entitled, 'Tackling Procurement Challenges in Preconstruction'. It was offered on 22 October 2020 as part of the Construction Manager 2020 Webinar Series, presented by Michael Hudson, Associate Director, Turner & Townsend and Chris Palmer (Technical Solutions Execution @Autodesk Construction Solutions).

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