How Can Contractors in the UK Evolve From the Pandemic’s Digital Revolution?
Contractors in the UK have been undergoing a digital revolution recently, partly due to the dire effects of Covid-19 on society. Although digitilisation was already underway prior to the pandemic, the challenges it created significantly accelerated this trend.
It is fair to say that UK contractors who have embraced the digital revolution have developed greater resilience in the face of challenges. This has been a crucial step towards full recovery, and it could set the stage for more innovative solutions for growth.
The question now is, where do we go from here? How can the contractors in the UK evolve?
- Virtual video conferencing
At the initial phase of the pandemic, many contractors in the UK had to shut down momentarily to observe health guidelines. Virtual video conferencing quickly became a solution for meetings, sharing documents, and running other operations remotely. With lockdown restrictions gradually being lifted, feature-rich online tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams can be integrated to optimise day-to-day operations, for example, saving time that would otherwise be spent traveling to the site for meetings. In addition, field workers can use these tools to pinpoint faults on the site and share the data in real-time with anyone at any time, thus speeding up decision-making.
- Smarter planning and design
Many construction companies had already integrated technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and artificial intelligence to streamline their daily operations. But these technologies gained extensive attention and adoption during the lockdown as more contractors considered it a solution to continue their operations in a digital and virtual environment. Now, the industry can evolve and thrive by using these technologies to create complex designs and test their viability on virtual platforms to reduce discrepancies and abortive costs.
- Safer construction
Discussions on safety practices in the construction industry are not new, but the pandemic has undoubtedly heightened the focus on possible solutions. Technology-driven construction that includes GPS-enabled devices to monitor people’s movements and alert them when they come too close has improved factories’ safety standards. Contractors in the UK can also integrate these technologies to have a holistic view of their operations and identify potential risks to the safety of workers.
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