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Michael Rosario, Construction Tech Review | Monday, February 22, 2021

Labor shortages can also be tackled by the use of technologies and automated building solutions. Tools such as drones, robotics, and autonomous heavy machinery will all be used to help on-site workers and to complete tasks with fewer people involved.

FREMONT, CA: Industrial organizations, especially in the construction sector, have traditionally been slow to embrace technology. The effects of this were evident. One study explains that construction is considered the most extensive industry globally, responsible for 13 percent of global GDP. But just a 1 percent increase in productivity growth has emerged in the last two decades. This instance costs the world economy 1.3 trillion dollars a year.

While many industries have been simplified and changed by the technology revolution, construction space is defined as more of an evolutionary sector, where development generally develops steadily over time. However, the COVID-19 crisis has prompted many building firms to expand technological penetration and think innovatively about how their job is performed.

Businesses need to do more than handle the holes in remote jobs to progress beyond a technology transition. They need to develop creativity in their leadership—and this begins by recruiting the right IT, digital innovation, and information management experts to direct them. Before diving into recruiting, take a look at the role of technology in construction and just how much innovation will help one benefit.

Significance of Technology in Construction

In addition to sustainability, one of the main advantages of construction development is risk management and risk aversion. A recent study showed that almost half of the contractors surveyed would digitally capture and review risk and safety data. Still, more than one-third are not doing so. One explanation for this is that only 19 percent of contractors currently have a budget allocated for data collection. Communication is another field that would benefit from the technology revolution. Cloud computing has a broad appeal in the construction sector, with its benefits due to the frequent shift of staff and establishing a new job site.

Construction employees also need access to company data to provide timely decision-making and monitoring capability when operating in the field. Labor shortages can also be tackled by the use of technologies and automated building solutions. Tools such as drones, robotics, and autonomous heavy machinery will all be used to help on-site workers and to complete tasks with fewer people involved. Furthermore, the introduction of more technologies will enhance protection preparation, recruiting, and turnover. Construction firms need experienced technology experts to deliver that vision, whether they come from within the industry or not.

Different Functions to Be Considered

When one is trying to recruit someone to jump-start a change in the enterprise, it is crucial to understand what the business needs and which person will help fill the void. There are a few central positions to consider.

Chief Security Officer (CSO): Manages the development and maintenance of safe technology required to handle private sector and customer data in our new remote and rapidly changing modern environment.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO): Monitors and controls the end of market and technology adoption growth.

Construction Technologist (CT): Oversees different areas of technology development and administration, specializing in implementing technology in the construction industry.

Chief Digital and Innovation Officer (CDIO): Handles the digital innovation and transformation of the firm’s products and services and the adoption of digital innovations across the enterprise.

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