Digitalization in construction - the construction industry is lagging behind in digital transformation

Digitalization in construction - the construction industry is lagging behind in digital transformation

Sunith Kumar

Tue, June 16

The European construction industry is not really getting going when it comes to digitization. There is enormous potential for optimization in the construction industry if digital technologies are used efficiently. A sensible approach here is using ERP software for construction, which enables precise planning, implementation, use and regression of buildings. In addition, there are numerous technologies available that could make construction modern and efficient. Reason enough to actively turn to digitization. Because the need for good apartments and houses is already enormous.

The construction industry is still too analog

For decades, analog technologies have led to considerable success in the construction industry. Not least because of this, many companies in the industry find it difficult to say goodbye to processes and ways of working they are fond of. This is clearly shown by the status of digitization in the European construction industry. Companies are making slow progress in their digital transformation and are reluctant to use digital opportunities. For example, many still work with classic 2D models instead of using the more modern 3D technology. Digital planning software is also used far too rarely in companies.

And this despite the fact that targeted digitization could save around 30% in a planning capacity. In addition, digitization offers the opportunity to identify risks in the construction industry at an early stage and eliminate them from the world. Construction projects could thus be realized much more efficiently. Despite this immense potential, the digitization of the construction industry is making very slow progress or even stagnating in comparison with other sectors of the economy. A path to a future-proof and competitive industry looks different.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) offers these opportunities

One possible approach for successful digitalization of the construction industry is building information modeling (BIM). This is a process that takes the entire life cycle of a building into account. This is basically made up of five phases:

- Design of the building
- Planning the project
- Execution of plans
- Management of the building
- Dismantling or remodeling

Using BIM, these individual phases can be viewed and analyzed in detail. In this way, 2D plans for floor plans and sections can be created from vivid 3D models that can be used efficiently. The underlying 3D models differ significantly from other variants. At BIM, for example, the walls and pipes are included in the planning. Another advantage is that the interactions of the individual components are shown and descriptive descriptions of the individual areas are provided.
The individual construction phases are therefore no longer considered separately, but inserted into a large whole. In this way it is possible, for example, to determine the energy costs of a building at an early stage and to eliminate risks or hidden costs. The focus can also be placed on technical peculiarities or environmental aspects. Planning and implementation of buildings are therefore more efficient and economical. In addition, information and data can be exchanged particularly easily using BIM. This makes cooperation and efficient collaboration of all people and areas involved in a construction possible.

The future of construction is sustainable, technological and creative 

These technologies are interesting in the digitalization of construction

To date, companies in the construction industry are very much focused on traditional processes and technologies. Digitization offers a variety of options for working particularly efficiently and in a targeted manner. One example is the use of drones and robots. With these, it is possible, for example, to precisely monitor the progress in the implementation of a construction project and to record data and intermediate steps. With such information, the 3D model in the BIM could be continuously adapted and improved, so that the construction project could be realized particularly efficiently. The use of such machines would make a lot of sense , especially in the case of repetitive processes , since they work much more efficiently than a human.

Another technology that would be of great benefit to the building industry is laser scanning. These are extremely precise and are suitable, for example, to gain an overview of the spatial relationship of different objects to one another. The entire object could be presented precisely and clearly, so as to have a better overview of the entire project. In addition, the entire construction project can be represented via a so-called “point cloud”, so that a 3D model would result. To date, however, too few companies use such laser scans in their work.

Photo- and videogrammetry would also be highly relevant in the construction industry. These measurement techniques could also be used to create 3D models and point clouds. However, the basis of these representations would be photos and videos. However, this procedure only works if information is available from different perspectives.

Last but not least, augmented reality brings enormous benefits to the construction industry. Both the actively perceived and the artificially created reality could be brought together with the appropriate technologies. The individual elements could then be represented in real-time simulations, which would allow efficient analysis and evaluation.

Construction ERP provides further information on the future of construction.

The need for efficient building is great

It is time for the construction industry to become more involved with digitization and the technologies and opportunities that go with it. Because the need for good apartments and houses has rarely been as great as it is now. More and more people are moving to the metropolitan areas from rural regions because they hope to find better working conditions here. At the same time, people are driven from the cities to the outskirts without a sufficiently large number of buildings being available. The construction industry simply cannot keep up with its current procedures and working methods. The result: a massive shortage of available and affordable buildings and apartments in many regions of Germany.

 In addition, new construction methods of the future such as serial construction, lean construction and vertical construction must be promoted and used. Digitization would be of great help in all of these challenges. Companies just have to finally opt for an efficient and active digital transformation and exploit the untapped potential.

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Author Info

Sunith Kumar

Odoo Consultant

Expert in odoo , odoo apps , Odoo 13 , odoo crm with more than 15 years of service in the Netherlands..

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