The construction industry is considered to be conservative: there is a lot of manual labor, and paperwork, and high technologies are introduced slowly, and often reluctantly. Back in 2016, McKinsey analysts wrote in their report that the future of the industry is digitalization, namely building estimating software, and now we see how IT technologies save construction companies money, improve labor safety and bring work with customers to a new level.
2021 and 2022 became the most essential years in the context of digital transformations in the building sector. One of the key factors was COVID-19 and the coronavirus outbreak in the world. That is why global markets switched to paperless environments and digital-friendly ecosystems. Among the most in-demand digital solutions in construction are builder estimating software, 3D printing, BIM modeling, robotics, and AI-based programs.
You should not forget about cloud-based tools that speed up digital transformation in any business. The construction sector is not an exception. That is why digital-friendly databases together with smart communication and management cloud apps are on trend today as well.
Estimating & Costing Tools
The pre-construction phase is the baseline of any construction project. That is why it is critically important to plan everything and stay pleased with your high-profit margins. This way automated and digital-friendly estimating, costing, and budget planning is your win-win approach without human-factor errors that might ruin everything related to:
- resource management;
- costing & expenditures.
The best-matching estimating software is one that meets your business goals and the tech requirements of the current ecosystem. Let your estimators and analysts undertake financial predictions and reporting faster and error-free through high-grade digital tools for costing and budget planning.
With the help of BIM, developers can accurately control costs, and see real-time reports on purchases and use of materials. The BIM model allows you to quickly build a schedule for the production of works, in a second to find out the planned completion date of any element of the building.
In conjunction with electronic document management and electronic digital signatures, the BIM model drastically reduces the amount of “live” control at the construction site, including from the state.
High-Tech Topographic Survey Software
Photogrammetry technology allows using ordinary photographs and data from laser scanners (lidars) to create a 3D surface model in the smallest detail and integrate it into BIM.
Surprises in the field of geology are one of the most annoying factors in construction, often leading to budget overruns and missed deadlines. It is good if problems make themselves felt immediately, but it happens that they arise with an already constructed building and seriously threaten its safety. Modern digital technologies in construction make it possible at a very early stage, even before the appearance of the first excavator, to understand what is underground and to put the right technical solutions into the project.
A few years ago, the 3D printing of plastic products was an innovation, but now you will not surprise anyone with this. Many builders did not believe that it was possible to print with concrete and similarly build entire houses, but this also became a reality. 3D printing technologies are actively introduced into construction.
The construction printer itself prepares a mixture of the components embedded in it and builds structures layer by layer, whether it be a wall or a ceiling. Modern printers work not only in factory conditions: they can be installed directly on the construction site.
Over time, 3D printing has the potential to change the way buildings are designed, as printers can easily create wall curves and other complex geometries to create unusual yet beautiful and functional shapes.
Only some software was reviewed to demonstrate the most common reasons for digital transformation. The construction sector is an ever-developing niche with numerous high-tech solutions to take into account.
If you do not choose to switch from outdated approaches to paperless and digital-friendly environments, be ready for your competitors to do so and perform better in the local and even global markets.