No matter what industry you’re in, your company and your job have been affected in some way by this pandemic. While some have benefited, most have been hurt. The construction industry has largely felt a negative impact in 2020 so far, and most of the evidence points to a lasting effect that could endure for months to come if not longer. There is a wealth of good information out there that provides insights into the short and long-term changes to construction and construction projects. A recent article from ConstructionDive shows eight ways COVID-19 has changed construction for near team and foreseeable future. For example, Jobsites will be cleaner and safer, projects will take longer and telework will be more common. These, and many other changes, are putting a greater reliance on technology to maintain efficiency and ensure compliance with the new rules. This has forced many construction companies to accelerate their digital transformation, and adopt strategic software solutions as part of their means of adapting to these new challenges.
A PWC survey on “Engineering & Construction in a Post-COVID world: Weathering the Storm” suggests that companies with, “the capacity to gather and analyse the data that decision-makers need, will be well-placed to pivot and seize new opportunities. Those organisations will be market leaders no matter how the post-COVID world evolves.” The takeaway from studies such as this are that the best run companies will, despite the downturn, jump at this as an opportunity to look inward, streamline operations and leverage technology tools to improve how they do business. This moment in time should not be wasted. I know that line has been used so often recently that it’s almost annoyingly cliché, but it remains abundantly relevant right now. Whatever reasons you may have used in the past to delay your operational upgrades – not enough time, concerns about disruption, etc. – those should have conveniently disappeared by now, so pivoting your attention internally to your digital transformation couldn’t happen at a better time.