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Why Is the Construction Industry So Far Behind in the Technology Race?

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It’s been nearly three decades since the Internet has changed the world. However, the construction industry is just beginning to grasp the digital revolution. So why did it take longer than other industries such as banking and telecommunications? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that the construction sector was reluctant to adopt technology that other industries have already been using for decades? Or perhaps it’s because, until recently, ‘mobile’ technology simply hasn’t been so readily available?

New Zealand Is Making Massive Improvements to Infrastructure

As a country, New Zealand is upping its game. Thanks to the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI2), the plan is to provide at least 5 megabits per second (Mbps) to 90% of the country’s rural population by 2025. NZ is also planning to double the capacity of Auckland’s metro rail network by 2020. On top of all of this, NZ is working to address the issue that faces residents of Auckland (which was ranked as the world’s 5th most expensive city for residential property in 2016) thanks to the government’s goal to build 100,000 affordable houses by 2025.

It’s the Nation’s Responsibility to Turn Great Plans into a Reality

While New Zealand’s proposed improvements are great, it requires businesses and people to design, plan, and build. Industry experts say that New Zealand’s construction firms are taking on too much risk and operating on too fine a profit margin to survive. Similarly, those working on site are overstretched with many long hours and high levels of stress.

So why do we spend so much time staring at huge plans and reams and reams of paper that are likely to be out of date almost as soon as they are printed? Some would say it’s because “it’s always been that way” and argue that perhaps “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

But the system is broken.

It’s not sustainable, in human terms, to miss the best years of our kids’ lives because we’re on a jobsite, or working frantically behind the scenes checking and double checking everyone has the latest revisions to plans and documents.

It’s Time for Construction to Be More Technology Focused

Nearly every other industry has stepped up and embraced innovation. Even the banks evolved with technology to help people spend less time in queues, waiting to cash a cheque. It’s time for construction to catch up when it comes to productivity.

Modern construction is an exciting place to be. From digital modelling and design to virtual photography to drones, we’re evolving – but is it fast enough?

It can be. The next step is to improve physical and virtual collaboration–and that’s where mobile digital tools like PlanGrid are in the forefront. PlanGrid believes that there is a better way of building together; a way to capture all project data, identify defects on the go, collaborate across teams, and put blueprints in your pocket–all while working on the jobsite.

See the Future of Construction at Auckland Build

It’s time to bring the digital advances to everyday building projects. If you’re interested in learning how New Zealand construction companies can improve their efficiency, check out the latest technology advances at this year’s Auckland Build in November 8-9, 2018.

Whilst drawings are critical in construction, there has to be a more productive way to do things than working from massive, unwieldy sheets of paper on the jobsite. If you agree, then check out PlanGrid at Auckland Build.

There’s a new construction evolution taking place – and it’s both smaller (the size of an iPad) and larger (with its potential to change the industry forever) than you might think.

Join the future! Get in touch.

Adele Bernard

Adele Bernard (@Aadelebe) is APAC Marketing Director at PlanGrid and has spent the last decade as an APAC Tech Road Warrior, presenting to leaders of enterprise organisations and organising corporate events around the region.

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