While Covid-19 caused global activity to come to an abrupt halt, it also helped trigger rapid changes and accelerated the adoption of new technologies. Construction has traditionally been slow to realise the potential opportunities technology has to offer, and real progress in adaptation and advancement has historically been behind the curve.
Today, technology is having a major impact on how the construction industry marches toward the future. Massive advances in the safety, efficiency, and productivity of large-scale construction projects are now possible thanks to innovative construction technology. Overhead costs are lowered, safety rates are improved, and projects are handled more efficiently. Furthermore, the latest tech devices and software programs allow management teams to better keep track of projects and workers remotely.
How does technology help construction?
The construction sector has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing more heavily on innovation. The coming year will likely witness further advancements in automation and technology that are transforming the industry as we know it.
During the pandemic, ConTech helped construction firms be more efficient by facilitating accurate remote management. In the construction sector, project management and site safety tech helped not only simplify the on-site construction process, but helped make it safer, as greater control of the process enabled better social distancing.
Technology can help propel the construction industry to becoming more collaborative, and can improve the data collected on every project, providing insight into areas that need optimisation. Cloud technology for example, keeps all project data secure and accessible, and forms a best practice approach to any construction project.
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How has ConTech evolved during the pandemic?
The construction industry, like many others, has had to learn to adapt rapidly since the COVID-19 outbreak began. There have been onsite worker restraints, additional safety regulations, supply chain delays, layoffs, stopped projects, and more.
The good news is that the industry has triumphed, and we are beginning to see the first signs of the long-awaited post-crisis increase in construction activity. In addition, there has been a tremendous increase in building technology in recent years, owing to increased investment in the sector.
What can we hope to see from ConTech in the future?
This year will be challenging, but it will also be a time of transformation and renewal. In 2020, construction was forced to accept innovation once and for all, and this year will only serve to solidify that decision.
ConTech will become strategic as technology that allows people to work more flexibly and efficiently becomes more popular. It is increasingly evident that the building industry must prioritize sustainability. As climate change becomes a growing concern, it must become the driving force behind better corporate practices. In fact, contractors and builders are more conscious than ever of choosing environmentally friendly materials in their building projects, allowing them to know exactly what they’re doing and how the products they choose affect their carbon footprint.
Robotics are another example of a ConTech trend which is changing the construction industry by performing automated tasks quickly and safely. While the construction industry will always require manual labor, innovative robotics technologies can help speed up the process, reduce delays, and improve productivity across many areas.