Opinion Piece: 3 Reasons Why Technology Adoption Is Slow
In Construction And The Benefits of Going Digital
By Mark King

Mark King, Reality Capture & BIM Solutions Manager at Leica Geosystems FZE, says that digital adoption is about accepting new technology, new processes, and new cultures that deliver improvements in performance. It’s about transforming from an analogue mind-set to a digital mind-set. This does not solely come down to buying new technology: this is only one piece of the puzzle.

Top 3 Challenges Preventing Automation in Construction

When asked to present the top 3 challenges preventing the adoption of automated workflows, here is what Mark had to say:

  1. Culture for Change – This is nearly always the reason widespread adoption fails. A company needs to have a mind-set that is willing to put in the effort and be open to trying new things. Automation today does not answer every question but can make our people more efficient in their day-to-day jobs and make businesses more profitable in the long run.
  2. Delivering Today and Not Planning for the Future – It is so easy to concentrate on delivering your work or your project, today. It can be difficult to stand back and see a bigger picture. Being able to do this can help you see where small or large improvements can be made for future projects, making plans to implement automation and removing historic mistakes that happen every day.
  3. Upfront Investment – There is nearly always a cost to automation. Whether that is new technology that speeds up processes or software that automates repetitive tasks. Understanding the return on investment (ROI) is key, particularly with your competitors already investing.

Mark acknowledges the undeniable truth that historically the construction sector has lagged behind other industries in efficiency. Specifically noting that it has been common for projects to be delivered over budget, behind schedule and not up to specification.

Investing in digital solutions is a proven way to mitigate these risks and to make companies deliver what they promised, increasing their historically low margins.

Top 3 Benefits of Using Automation in Construction

Mark sheds light on how specific technologies can help make the construction process more efficient than ever:

  1. 3D Laser Scanning – This technology can bring accurate real-world data into your office, especially those that can capture a millimeter accurate full 3D picture of your site in a matter of minutes; this can ensure everyone can virtually visit the site, can take millimeter accurate measurements from the comfort of their office chair and create 3D models based on this accurate 3D point cloud.
  2. Reality Capture – This solution can verify construction every step of the way. Construction sites are constantly changing; and capturing these changes is critical to avoiding costly errors from occurring and delaying your project. Reality capture can be used with no impact on your schedule and can validate the accuracy and correctness of your construction spotting issues before they become costly, profit damaging errors.
  3. True Digital Handover – Governments & asset owners are demanding digital transformation because they want their assets to be delivered on time, on budget and on specification. Part of this focus is on improving the digital handover between construction and facilities management. Reality Capture is the perfect solution to create the most accurate final as-built record with intuitive deliverables that can link directly with industry standard FM & CMMS systems.

About the author: Mark King is the Reality Capture & BIM Solutions Manager at Leica Geosystems FZE.