IHBC’s HESPR ‘Special Interest Sector News’ pick of the week: ‘Covid-19 accelerates future of technology in construction’, from PBC

logoThe IHBC’s heritage business register HESPR – our Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition quality assurance scheme for heritage services working to the IHBC’s standards – emails members weekly ‘News and Tender Alerts, including notices gleaned from across the development sector’s publications, and this week features PBC on how ‘Covid-19 accelerates future of technology in construction’.

PBC writes:

Covid-19 has shaped the future of technology in construction, with platform technology taking centre stage, according to research by Procore Technologies, Inc.

Procore surveyed 250 middle managers and above in the construction industry and discovered that the Covid-19 crisis has caused a transformative turn towards technology in the sector.

Amid challenges in keeping job sites operational during Covid-19, 66% of construction companies surveyed rolled out some sort of new technology during lockdown with 94% seeing an improvement in the way their teams work as a result.

Businesses recognised they will likely need to build on a singular, integrated system. The research revealed 80% believed that platform technology will play a role in the future of how industry works, with 38% saying they can’t do their jobs as effectively without it.

The research defined platform technology as that which ‘connects business applications and stores relevant information all in one place, allowing applications and tech tools to talk to each other. A platform might be used to enable visibility over data or to standardise operations.’

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