The holly grail of “Collaboration in Construction”

There is no doubt there is a revolution happening in construction industry the last 5 years.

This revolution is not happening on 3d printing, amazing new materials or innovative design (as many believe) but on the field of project and construction management which is probably where all the problems start.

Smart and entrepreneurial people from all over the world are trying to solve the biggest problem in the industry and create solutions that will disrupt how construction projects are built today with the help of technology.

Construction industry is probably one of the slowest in adopting new technologies and that wouldnt be a problem if the industry was actually productive and efficient.

But reality is much different.

Every study that has been made would easily tell you that the waste produced by the construction industry is a huge number that in any other industry would have been catastrophic or unthinkable.

Construction industry is probably the only industry that still hasn’t found a way to use technology in order to be more productive and efficient.

Yes, CAD has changed a lot on how drawings are produced and how projects are designed.

But on the field, nothing has actually changed. The engineer and the foreman havent seen any real change. The drawing is still a drawing, the shovel is still a shovel, the theodolite is still (more or less…) a theodolite.

If we think about it, the biggest revolution for a foreman, a supervisor, a site engineer or a site/construction manager the last 20 years is…the mobile phone!

Why? Because it solved the most complicated problem in the industry: communication.

People on the field need to know three things:

  • who is doing what on site
  • what needs to be done next and till when
  • where the problems are and how will be fixed

But what is really the problem?

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Pavlos Inglesis
I am a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng-MICE) and a Chartered Quality Professional (MCQI CQP) working in the construction industry for about 20 years. My specialty is Quality Control and Quality Assurance Management in Construction Projects. I have worked on projects in the Middle East, and Greece and am now based in the UK.

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