Digital transformation in the construction industry has vast potential to improve productivity and efficiency. To understand more about what this means, read our previous blog here. So what are the next steps for transitioning into the digital age in the construction industry? This article explores 6 steps that can be taken to ensure a smooth digital transformation.
Preparing for a Digital Transformation
Dependent on the maturity level of the organisation, a push towards digital transformation can evolve in many forms. Whether this is simply upgrading methods of communication, or deploying cutting edge alternatives like drones and building information modelling (BIM), it should be deemed as the backbone of an innovative new way of working. 5D integrating of planning and budget has considerable potential to reduce delays and costs whilst increasing quality throughout all phases of construction.
In order to make an effective transition into the digital age, there must be a robust and transparent definition of how this change will bring benefits to the business by Executives and Directors. Digital transformation can result in major disruptions, therefore when push comes to shove, a project manager’s execution of the senior leadership’s chosen strategy is of utmost importance.
6 Steps for Digital Transformation
Once you have set the project up with clarity on exactly what the benefits of this transformation are, you can look at the 6 steps to making this a reality on your project.
People are vital in making a digital transformation work, so educating everyone on what is happening and how they fit into this plan is crucial. Additionally, allowing opportunities for professional development in digital skills will result in less resistance to change and a tech savvy workforce. There must be equal, if not more, investment into the organisational and operation change, than the technology.
Embracing automation could solve the issue of a shortage of skilled workers and a need for an efficiency increase. It also allows for greater access in difficult situations through autonomous vehicles and UAVs, therefore enhancing detail along with safety standards
Adopting more efficient and strategic communication methods can result in significantly advanced cross-team collaboration. This synergistic approach will lead to a greater sense of shared ownership. This generates a positive knock-on effect on the digital transformation process.
More sophisticated data analytics will allow project managers to make informed decisions out of the possible data overload that can come with digitising processes.
By harnessing the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) will mean a reduction in excessive paperwork. Furthermore, this will improve forecasting, allow for precise construction management and much more.
6. Change Management
Establishing and enabling dedicated change teams will provide a smoother transition into the digital age and provide more structure to the implementation.
Above are just a few of the approaches to take to successfully incorporate digital transformation. Understanding that this process is not a sprint but a marathon, whilst also having a clear roadmap to guide everyone through, is essential to a successful transformation into the digital age.
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