September 17 - September 21, 2018

A recent survey found that the construction industry is spending $177.5 billion in non-optimal activities, such as fixing mistakes, looking for project data and managing conflict resolution. Do you think embracing more technology would help mitigate some of these issues and ultimately save money?


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No. 65%
Yes. 30%
Other. (Please respond in the comments.) 5%


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Comment from Steven Nadler, (9/17/2018, 9:37 AM)

Technology can help streamline the process as long as it does not add so much information as to bog down the ability to extract the benefits of the technology, it can do things like track parts, guide surveying and heavy equipment with GPS, and determine if a project is on schedule and budget, but will not help with quality. Quality (i.e. preventing mistakes or non-performance) requires proactive reviews of both the design documents and the construction as it goes in and would require higher fees to A/E's and GC's. Conflict resolution or risk mitigation involves better communication, not necessarily better technology although it can be of use. Successful buildings still take people doing actual work, not simply relying on technology.


Comment from Michael Halliwell, (9/17/2018, 11:12 AM)

Doing it right the first time, having organized files / being organized and working as a team or communicating better will solve these problems...in my experience, throwing tech at it will only make the mess worse.


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