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Can Technology Help Construction Industry Remove Labor Gap?

By Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The constant growth of the labor gap has made the construction industry reach an impasse. Can innovation help them in alleviating this pressure?

FREMONT, CA: The labor shortage in the construction industry has become almost unmanageable. The labor gap is constantly growing as fewer people are applying for construction roles, as well as the ones who don’t have the required experience. However, the aging workforce, high operating expenses, and declining interest have resulted in constructed executives being more creative.

A large number of construction professionals are turning to digital technologies as a solution to this problem.

Following is a rundown of some challenges of the labor gap and the ways to combat them.

1. Greater dependency on automated innovation for projects

With the constant advancement in automated technology, new developments are showing significant promises for the construction sector. It is more common to relate automation with self-driving cars for private use since Caterpillar has built driverless trucks for mining operations. Construction enterprises will be soon investing in self-driving vehicles for their projects.

2. Enhanced coordination with computer modeling software

Construction professionals have started to use computer modeling software, which empowers the project supervisors to coordinate with architects and prevent setbacks, thus enhancing their efficiency and minimizing their requirement for extra workers.

3. Demonstration of technology literacy for capable applicants

Technology holds the potential of attracting the younger generation of workers. A construction company shows tech literacy and a progressive attitude when it invests in the latest solutions like virtual reality. Recent graduates find it appealing as they get an opportunity to use their education.

4. Increased connectivity between back-office and a job site 

Digital technologies’ applications at a job site can reduce inefficiencies between the back office and job site. The enhancement in connectivity allows for clear communication, which is key to productivity.

New technology also empowers a project manager to allocate and assess information with much less trouble. On using these technologies, construction executives will be able to see a marked improvement in their existing workforce’s performance.

5. Modern technology to supplement the present workforce

Construction executives confronting the labor shortage problem came up with innovative ideas to supplement their workforce. One of these solutions was laser and GPS-guided road graders for reducing the number of employees they require for road projects. 

Companies rely on drones for remote inspection and project conditions’ documentation. This has alleviated some pressure on the labor gap by assisting the workers in their responsibilities.

A company which is stuck in the past, might not have any future. With this in mind, professionals should give a thought to the adoption of digital technologies. Its proper application will build the company’s on its past success and will secure its future as well.

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