For many construction company owners, particularly small and medium-sized companies—rebuilding the future while navigating today's start-stop-restart reality is the number one pain point. How can construction sites remain open and ensure work is progressing properly amid a lockdown? How do you begin to rethink what is possible and what technologies are available while trying to bring back some semblance of normalcy?
One way is to identify the gaps between your current working methods and your desired future state to create what is known as a problem statement. Ask yourself, how do our processes work now? Where do delays typically occur? Are our employees, project teams, and field crews well connected? By articulating the problem and quantifying its impact in terms of cost, time, importance, and urgency, you can establish the winning conditions for change and get closer to defining your technological goals.
Like many contractors, designers, and engineers, the goal may be to adopt digital collaboration tools such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), augmented reality, geospatial technologies, and Internet of Things (IoT) to help replan or rescale projects, and conduct inspections remotely.
Some organizations for example, have created centralized and digitized documentation to enable real-time information sharing amongst teams to provide a "single source of truth." Others are using field management software to conduct inspections, mark deficiencies with photos and task appropriate teams to fix, all on a mobile device.