COVID-19 Speeds-Up Construction’s Digital Revolution

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COVID-19 Speeds-Up Construction’s Digital Revolution

The pandemic has accelerated the adoption rates of digital technology all across the construction industry. A survey of 250 construction managers by software specialist Procore Technology has revealed that 66 per cent of companies have rolled out some sort of new technology during the lockdown.

According to Verdict, 94 per cent of respondents said they saw a noticeable improvement in the way their teams worked as a result of the new technology. 80 per cent of the construction managers also believed that working with a single digital platform offering all information in one place will play a key role in future construction work.

Brandon Olivieri O’Connor, Director of UK and Ireland at Procore UK&I, said: “With much around construction being disrupted, technology has proved the one constant and this is being increasingly realised by businesses.

“We’ve seen contractors proactively making the move away from manual methods and excel towards platform technology.

“Construction won’t be the same as it was before, with connectivity and mobility driving a new way of working.”

The survey also shows that 58 per cent of construction companies have seen a higher demand from workers for a way to stay connected and work more efficiently. Over half (52 per cent) of the construction managers which rolled-out online collaboration and productivity technology solutions since lockdown said the safety for their teams has improved.

Matthew O’Dowd, Group QHSE Manager, Elliott Group said: “At Elliott Group, the means to work digitally gives us a competitive advantage and ultimately helps us to achieve our mission of delivering projects defect-free – maintaining quality, reliability as well as safety.

“Having Procore’s platform technology at our fingertips has enabled us to continue working during the pandemic, and most importantly to do this in a way that has allowed us to make quick decisions and keep everyone connected safely.”

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