Data in a crisis: Innovating at speed

Michelle Barkess

This awful pandemic has pushed construction to adopt new technology at pace, and there will be no going back

Construction has been going through a slow digital revolution for more than a decade. The industry has been trying to modernise, from better use of data to advanced methods of construction on sites, but progress has been slow.

The constant call was “digital transformation is nearly here!” And too often we continued on working like we always have.

Then, in February, an unprecedented global health crisis hit and changed everything. Coronavirus has disrupted every industry and every state across the world – and so it will change how we work in construction.

While the impact of the crisis is devastating for people, businesses and the economy, it has forged a new opportunity for businesses to use technology and data to make vital decisions, as they are being tested to the limit.

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