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Top 3 Digital Transformation Trends for Construction in 2022

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Building the Future of Construction IT

The future of construction IT is shaping up to be an interesting one: from Contech (Construction Technology) innovation, advancement in technology modeling, developments in drones, and more, companies across the world are scrambling to match these new technologies to their needs. Successful digital transformation in the construction industry requires finding the right solution in collaboration with key stakeholders. Here are Olive’s top construction tech trends to watch out for.

1. Contech (Construction Technology)

Contech will continue to be increasingly prominent in 2022 and beyond. According to JLL’s latest “State of Construction Tech” report, in 2020, the construction industry adopted in one year what would have normally taken three years due to COVID-19. The pandemic has taught the construction industry that Contech can create an enormous advantage for those willing to invest.

“In the years after the pandemic, with labor shortages expected to worsen and wages expected to rise, the cost-benefit analysis for adding construction tech tools that can shorten schedules and use labor more efficiently will only tilt further toward the growing return on investment for new tech.”

-Henry D’Esposito, senior analyst for construction research at JLL.

2. Technology for safety

The construction industry is experiencing a rise of machines capable of identifying safety issues and eliminating threats. Technology is becoming more safety-orientated. Wearable innovations like work boots connect to Wi-Fi and alert others if a person has fallen, while material-moving “mules” transport heavy or hazardous materials. We have even seen robots that can construct scaffolding or lay bricks autonomously. AI plays a massive role, with robots changing the jobs humans do and augmenting human decision-making. An uptick in 3D printing will also result in decreased transportation risks. Environmental sensors that detect noise, heat, and wind at construction sites provide warnings to evacuate construction workers in an emergency.

3. Modular construction and technologies

Modular and prefabricated construction has been around for years but is currently something governments, investors, manufacturers, developers, and builders are looking at in 2022. The modular construction market, led by the residential sector, is predicted to explode to almost $110 billion by 2025, driven by a lack of skilled labor and an increase in cost-cutting technology.

McKinsey reports;

“Modular construction offers the industry an opportunity to make a step-change: shifting many aspects of building activity away from traditional construction sites and into factories with off-site, manufacturing-style production.”

Digital transformation and advancements in digital tools might be the catalyst for modular construction. Facilitating the design of modules and optimizing delivery logistics make this an attractive option for investors and consumers.

Innovation for Construction IT

It’s undeniable that tech trends in the construction industry will be exciting and innovative in 2022. Before innovating, remember to do your due diligence and evaluate whether these solutions meet your business needs, and understand how they will drive value.

True digital transformation requires finding the right contech for your organization’s needs in collaboration with key stakeholders.

Understand that contech is not just about choosing vendors to demo. Finding solutions that drive innovation requires a thoroughly collaborative process. Olive reduces the risk of sourcing the wrong solutions that hold you back. We want to help you ensure that your contech works together for all stakeholders.

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