Architects, engineers and other construction industry professionals are embracing technology to save money, become more efficient, and competitive. Mobile devices, computer software, related services and equipment are bringing productivity improvements to the construction industry. By abandoning reliance on paper and traditional operational methods, the industry has benefited from greater efficiency in communications, collaborations, information storage and use. Reduced errors, delays, risks, and other benefits are boosting product margins.
Although improved technology was introduced in the -198os, the zoo8 economic crisis was a major catalyst for embracing change. Globalization has also boosted the use of technology by construction professionals who need to communicate across time zones. Some companies embraced technology with less resistance from employees while others had to overcome initial reluctance from their employees. Overcoming resistance to change took months in some cases.
AutoCad Started the Modernization Process
Technology first began to improve the work process during the 1980s, when computer aided design software was released by Autodesk. Autodesk’s AutoCAD boosted productivity and saved time. It began to transform how design was done. Today, it can be used as an architectural planning tool, engineering drafting, industrial design, graphic design tool. It can also be used in 3d printing.
The Need to Boost Profit Margins Encouraged Reluctant Modernizers
Time is money in any business, including the building industry. A growing number of commercial and public sector clients have added financial penalty clauses for missed deadlines. But, delays caused by human error, use of out of date data, time lags in receiving drawings, and other operational problems are part of the process.