The Future of Project Management in the Construction Industry

The Future of Project Management in the Construction Industry

21st January 2019

Anybody working in the construction industry in 21st Century Britain will be aware of the changes that the sector has undergone in recent years.  These changes are mostly due to digital technology and the internet – both of which have changed the way in which we live, work and play in all areas of our lives.  Over the coming weeks, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the changes that digital technology has brought to project management within our sector.

Although the construction sector is still considered (according to McKinsey researchers) the least efficient and least digitised industry on the planet, here in the UK, as in other parts of the world, the sector is striving to make the necessary changes.  Construction leaders may have neglected to take advantages of the opportunity to integrate digital technologies for managing both construction sites and projects.  However, as construction company owners and managers strive to find new sources of revenue and to identify new opportunities, they are beginning to rethink old business models and adopt the new technologies and serial innovations that have benefited so many other sectors.

Any construction company owners or managers who are planning to make the change this year and bring the benefits of digital technology to their business will need to plan carefully.  One of the key challenges faced when adopting digital technology is ensuring that team members are digitally competent.  Even those who don’t use digital technology for work nowadays are likely to be reasonably competent due to their personal use of tech.  It’s practically impossible to turn on a TV now without possessing a certain level of technological competency.  Although the initial change may cause some disruption to your business, the positive results you and your business will experience will more than make up for this.

Considering the fact that most delays in construction projects are due to geological issues, higher definition surveys are an effective tool when it comes to keeping projects on time and on budget.  Projects may be put on hold due to the discovery of an endangered species – and, no, we’re not talking about some cool white rhino, we’re talking about a specific species of insect, in many cases.  Another cause of delay would be the discovery of archaeological remains, a common occurrence here in the UK where mankind has been busy building for thousands of years.  These discoveries inevitably result in the project being put on hold while teams of experts rescue little creatures or long-buried pots, bones and household items. 

This is where drones can come to the rescue.  Drone technology and 3D laser scanning have improved rapidly over the past few years since we first wrote about drones and the innovative possibilities they offer here at Safety Fabrications.   Scan-to-BIM allows the creation of a detailed asset record of all existing information necessary for designers, architects and engineers so that they can work from a single source and remove many of the risks on a particular project.

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