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Dissecting Technology’s Shortcomings in the Construction Sector & The Open Source Alternative

Dissecting Technology’s Shortcomings in the Construction Sector & The Open Source Alternative

The construction industry is often considered to be one of the slowest industries to adopt new technologies. Despite the abundance of innovative technologies available, the construction sector has remained largely reliant on traditional methods, with many processes still carried out manually.

This lack of adoption of new technologies has resulted in slower project delivery times, increased costs, and a lack of transparency across the industry. However, this lack of progress is not only due to a lack of effort or investment by the industry but also is the result of technology providers not understanding the construction process and failing to sell a vision that is in tandem with it.

While the tech boom continues to be witnessed on a large scale, the pursuit to develop tools that are in line with construction processes has been a challenge, especially for technology providers who, in most cases, may not fully understand the construction process and the complexities involved in managing a construction project.  For example, they may not be familiar with the various regulatory requirements and safety standards that must be met, or they may not understand the nuances of scheduling and sequencing construction activities.

Technology providers must be able to sell a vision that goes hand in hand with the construction process. This means not only demonstrating the benefits of the technology but also communicating how it will fit within the industry and improve the current workflow. This requires a deep understanding of the construction process and the ability to communicate the benefits of the technology in a way that resonates with industry stakeholders.

A key challenge that technology providers face is the industry’s highly fragmented nature, with numerous players involved in each project, including contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and owners. This complexity can make it difficult to implement new technologies, as different players may have different requirements and priorities.

The unique nature of construction projects often requires customization and adaptation to specific site conditions and client needs. This can make it challenging to apply off-the-shelf solutions to construction problems, as each project may require a unique approach. Any new technology solution must, therefore, not only provide clear benefits but also fit within the existing workflow and processes. Failure to consider these factors often leads to a lack of adoption of new technologies, even if they offer clear advantages over existing methods.

Construction projects are complex and require careful planning, coordination, and execution of numerous tasks and activities. The success of a construction project depends on meeting deadlines, staying within budget, and delivering a high-quality product that meets the requirements and specifications of the project owner. Given these requirements, construction projects cannot be put on hold to wait for software or technological advancement.

The construction industry requires innovative solutions that can help improve the efficiency and productivity of the construction process without compromising the project’s timeline or quality. Therefore, technology providers must understand the unique challenges and requirements of the construction industry and develop solutions that can seamlessly integrate into the existing workflow and contribute to the success of the project.

Source: Buildipedia

Integrated project delivery (IPD) is a collaborative approach to construction project management that involves all stakeholders from design to construction. The goal of IPD is to break down the silos between each stakeholder and create a seamless, integrated process that focuses on delivering a high-quality project on time and within budget.

Technology has not yet fully embraced the concept of IPD, as most solutions are designed for a specific stakeholder in the construction process. This siloed approach to technology limits the potential benefits of technology in the construction industry and creates inefficiencies and miscommunication between stakeholders.

To realize the full potential of technology in the construction industry, there needs to be a shift towards a more integrated approach that supports IPD. Technology providers must develop solutions that can support the entire construction process, from design to delivery. These solutions must be flexible enough to accommodate the needs and requirements of each stakeholder, while still providing a seamless and integrated process.

Therefore, the construction industry must adopt open-source solutions that are designed to help meet its needs. Open standards and the use of accessible software can improve collaboration and efficiency in the construction industry. Open-source software is designed to be flexible, and customizable to fit the unique needs of the industry. It provides a cost-effective alternative to proprietary software while allowing for easy integration and collaboration among different stakeholders.

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Open-source collaboration is a promising approach for construction teams to work more efficiently by providing a centralized platform for communication, file sharing, and real-time collaboration. Unlike proprietary software use, open-source tools are publicly accessible and free to use, without any subscription fees or licensing costs.

The use of open-source collaboration tools promotes interoperability between different software systems too, avoiding being locked into proprietary software systems that can limit collaboration and innovation. Moreover, open-source collaboration tools can enable construction teams to share information and data more securely and efficiently.

Instead of relying on email or physical documents, all project-related information can be stored and accessed in a centralized repository. This allows team members to easily access and share information in real time, leading to faster decision-making and improved project outcomes.

As a player in the self-same construction industry, it is our duty to not only recommend ways to improve technology adoption in the industry but to also contribute. In our scope, Evercam offers open reality capture as one of its key features. One of the main benefits of Evercam’s open reality capture is its API access, which allows developers to access and integrate the captured data with other software tools, resulting in a more comprehensive project management experience.

Evercam’s technology can easily be assimilated with your existing construction management software such as Procore, Autodesk BIM 360, PowerBI, Zutec, Sharepoint, and Aconex. This integration enables the streamlined transfer of data and minimizes friction throughout the project. Evercam also provides a streamlined communication system, allowing users to add images to snag lists, observations, or RFIs.

Evercam’s open reality capture presents an opportunity for construction teams to enhance their project management capabilities by providing them with insights that can lead to better decision-making. Evercam is committed to providing innovative solutions for the construction industry and keeping up with evolving technologies such as 4D and BIM integration in site monitoring while moving towards a more efficient and digitized future.

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