As the coronavirus pandemic has meant firms all across the construction industry have had to find new ways to work, many are turning to high-tech solutions. Software specialist Procore Technology surveyed 250 construction managers to find that 66 per cent of companies have adopted some sort of new technology during the lockdown.
94 per cent of the managers quizzed said they had noticed a significant improvement in how their teams worked and performed as a direct result of the technology, according to Verdict, and 80 per cent of respondents believe that using a single digital platform allowing access to all relevant information will be a key player in the future of the construction industry.
“With much around construction being disrupted, technology has proved the one constant and this is being increasingly realised by businesses,” said Brandon Olivieri O’Connor, Director of UK and Ireland at Procore UK&I.
“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,” he said.
According to the survey, 58 per cent of firms have witnessed an increased demand from workers for innovative methods to remain connected and work more efficiently. 52 per cent of companies that have rolled out digital solutions during the lockdown said their teams’ safety has been 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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