Commercial Construction: The Last Frontier for Tech Advancement

Ten years ago when you walked onto a commercial construction jobsite, there was little, if any, technology in use. Today, every project manager has a tablet, access to the Internet, and uses multiple tech products to manage a project. In fact, technology on commercial jobsites has taken off so fast that project managers are continually being inundated with new technology applications. Contractors need to look at all of these offerings and decide which ones will have the most impact on their business day-to-day, while also contributing to the bottomline.

Commercial construction is one of the last frontiers for tech advancement. While there has been enormous growth in construction technology, just a fraction of it is working together. There is a huge opportunity to improve data management and monitoring on jobsites through connected technology. For example, the cost of labor is one of the largest expenses, with unpredictable delays creating problems with accurate labor cost forecasting. Technology should continue to help reduce these costly delays, improving utilization of the labor, while at the same time allowing continual insight into every aspect of the construction process.

In concrete construction, for the longest time, there was very little technology on a ready-mix truck. Today, there are a wide variety of devices mounted inside from GPS units, to dash cameras, to automatic controls for the drum. The next step is more automation technology and connected devices such as Verifi In-Transit Concrete Management system by GCP Applied Technologies.

Contractors value the technology, as it allows them to manage the process from the plant to the jobsite, minimizing jobsite waiting and costly project delays. Project managers are interested in, and benefit from, consistent tech products that can assist in construction meeting all engineering specifications while contributing to a more predictable and efficient labor schedule.

Technology is an asset to the entire construction process. It improves efficiency and accuracy. The challenge today is providing cohesive systems versus segmented applications that require more time. Like other industries, the commercial construction industry is ready for connected technology that takes them from A to Z, managing multiple functions in one application. Connected technology equals cost savings.

Matthew Nazarenko is global marketing manager of Verifi In-Transit Concrete Management System, GCP Applied Technologies.

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