New tech advances are poised to affect jobsite practices – and project costs – in ways that seemed like science fiction just a few years ago. The biggest change is the way that individual technologies are now synergistically working together and giving rise to emergent processes; the biggest challenge is to choose the technologies that are right for you and your company. The tech processes go beyond stand-alone solutions, which have typically been acquired and used by individual contractors, and are creating systems that will require high level buy-in and strategic implementation.
Investing in tech for tech’s sake and hoping for a return on investment doesn’t usually lead to optimum outcomes. Large-scale construction projects that have made the most extensive, and integrated, use of technology have shown verifiable improvements in total costs and completion time, as well as in quality and safety.