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TECHNOLOGY industry trends

By Lorrin Blair, Lead Customer Advocate, PlanGrid

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Filling Construction’s Technology Skills Gap It’s undeniable that the construction industry has been slow to adopt technology. However, with construction demand increasing, materials costs rising and general labor availability shrinking, companies are adopting technologies to do more with less. Consequently, construction teams are now expected to manage project information, collaborate and file reports using software instead of paper. It makes sense—removing workers’ reliance on paper saves time and money, and helps complete projects on time and within budget.

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To truly move the construction industry forward with digitization, the workforce must have the technical skills required to use softwares effectively on a daily basis. However, there aren’t currently enough skilled workers available to fill the open positions requiring software know-how. If construction teams want to succeed in the field, remain competitive in the market and prepare themselves for ongoing digital transformation, it is critical for them to acquire the technical skills in demand today. Let’s dig in to why:

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As construction technology is adopted across the industry, it is being implemented on projects from the get-go. Collaboration is happening on software during the design and pre-construction phases and, in an effort to keep project information centralized and streamlined, contractors are expected to use those very technologies during construction. For contractors who want to hit the ground running when joining a new project, knowing how to use the applied softwares is valuable. Having an existing knowledge of the technical tools being used on a project helps avoid a learning curve, which can slow work down and strain relationships across the project team.

Profile for United Contractors

United Contractors Magazine April 2019  

United Contractors Magazine April 2019