Construction Goes Digital

The ongoing digital revolution has the potential to disrupt the building and construction industry, bringing significant savings in time and cost, and perhaps superior quality as well, according to Lux Research.

Technologies including advanced prefabrication, augmented reality, BIM (building information modeling) systems, and automated construction, which are converging, representing an opportunity to revolutionize the construction industry.

Digital technology not only improves construction, but also changes the industry structure as well. A company that manages to create one coherent workflow using all of the digital developments together will disrupt the construction industry and may become dominant.

To successfully disrupt construction, it is necessary to change the way projects are being developed in order to enable the construction process. Technologies, like BIM with project planning and pricing, that support integration of project development and execution will hold higher potential.

Technologies in advanced prefabrication, or prefab 2.0, take automation of project development tasks one step further by integrating it in the construction work itself. Building project planning and automated quotations on top of the BIM results in a smooth transition between project development and project execution.

Construction of container-sized, easy-to-ship building modules is a technology that advances automation, but requires business innovation because of its large scale. It requires a large production facility, but for those able to make the investment, the impact will be great.

Contractors need to be aware of the changing landscape with creating buildings. The future is digital technology.

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