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August 29, 2017

The Transformation of Construction Collaboration


In today’s construction and engineering industries, changes driven by demands from customers, a recuperating economy and emerging technologies that flip convention on its head are converging to drive new ways of doing business.

These changes are having a net positive impact on contractors by forcing the issue of working more collaboratively with all of the key project stakeholders. No longer do we live in a world where projects are simply driven by hard bids and team members operate in separate silos. Instead, collaboration is becoming increasingly standardized through the use of construction technology that is changing the way buildings are built and ideas are shared, both of which converge to deliver a better finished product for the client.

While customers may increasingly expect more for less from their contractor, the integration of technology and more efficient project management is paying dividends beyond simply saving money. For instance, cloud computing and the explosion of Big Data has made it possible to glean critical insights that can help teams improve project management operations and achieve higher levels of collaboration than ever before. Silos become non-existent, making it possible to meet new client demands for high-quality work delivered faster than ever before.

By operating in a virtual environment, construction companies are no longer limited to insights and opinions cultivated in their home offices – they can connect with team members all around the world, which provides the obvious benefit of anytime collaboration but also enables the participation of team members in other time zones and even countries to weigh on big decisions. That is a key benefit of the new era of construction management technology, as cross-disciplinary exchanges extend the benefits of platforms like BIM (Building Information Modeling) by reducing the unknowns and actively engaging team members in real-time.

The common theme between all of these changes is that technology – be it cloud services or BIM or something that hasn’t even been thought of yet – is supporting a migration to more streamlined construction project management. That’s why it’s appropriate that it also affects the actual construction of the physical buildings as well as the individuals tasked with forming a plan for its assembly. For example, cloud-based simulation is one area where project teams can inspect a building before it is constructed, understanding performance issues and building characteristics before a single shovel hits the ground.

With a host of innovation at the fingertips of construction project managers everywhere, there is no time like the present to embrace game-changing project management technology tools that will ultimately yield better results for the projects of the future.

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