Much like most of the other sectors of the society, the construction industry also went through a severe crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reddy Kancharla mentions that due to the pandemic, a number of projects were delayed or canceled, supply chains were under threat, and major practical challenges cropped up in regards to social distancing on construction sites. Mr. Kancharla has been involved in the construction industry for more than two decades, and is experienced in projects involving civil construction, geotechnical consultation, and construction QA/QC.
In the adoption of technology in the construction industry has majorly accelerated between the 2020-21 period, due to increasing demand and necessity. Reddy Kancharla mentions that these technologies are largely focused on managing the new challenges that have cropped up in relation to construction projects, such as supporting remote workers, meeting safety and distancing requirements, as well as catering to the evolving operational, supplier and project management needs. Diverse technologies are expected to support innovation and operational efficiencies in construction projects in a number of ways in the near future.
Here are some of the most prominent technologies that one might witness in the construction industry in the post COVID-19 era, according to Reddy Kancharla:
- Subcontractor management platform: These platforms are meant to be for head contractors and specialist contractors, so that they can manage their work requirements with the help of seamless integration, as well as aggregation of design and field data to control the procedure. Subcontractor management platforms can help in shifting the construction work from fragmented, project-centric internal platforms to one that has a more integrated and standardized approach. This shall ultimately result in an improvement in margins, as well as a superior understanding of real project costs. Software that allows pre-construction teams to swiftly solicit bids with customizable templates, and subsequently compare them side by side is also expected to be extensively used. With the growing need for remote working, shall devices can facilitate transparent collaboration and proactive work management.
- Streamlined workflows: In the COVID-19 pandemic, it became normal for a lot of construction industry professionals to work and collaborate remotely. With the tremendous growth of this trend, it has become evident that remote working will continue for several companies in the future as well. This factor necessitates the requirement of technologies can manage construction processes, policies and workflows across projects. Technologies that support streamlined workflows in this new era of convergence are expected to crop up in the near future, thereby helping industries, processes and teams to embrace new ways, and making data and workflows increasingly connected.
In addition to the trends underlined above, it is also important to note that safety will be at the forefront of construction business strategy in the coming days. Technologies like generative or stimulation design can help construction companies to identify the ideal safety processes to implement at their site.