When thinking about jobs in the construction industry, technology skills don’t immediately strike you as must-haves for your CV.
But technology continues to disrupt traditional industries, and reshape our approaches to processes in just about every aspect of daily life. The construction industry is no exception, with software, apps and devices finding a permanent home in many of the day-to-day operations of the job.
With this in mind, here are some of the ways in which technology is changing the construction industry from the inside out.
Diversifying and increasing the skilled workforce
Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown that the number of qualified tradespeople holding a diploma or an advanced diploma has essentially tripled over the last 30 years.
As the use of technology increases in construction, so too does the need for qualified workers to oversee and operate it. While some jobs may become automated in the future, a whole new industry of roles is opening up to those willing to get the relevant qualifications. These are the workers who are driving the industry forward.
As a result, there’s no shortage of demand for an increasingly skilled workforce in construction. With new jobs being added to the field regularly, qualified candidates have a host of opportunities in the industry to look forward to.
With so many people involved in delivering a project – from clients to contractors, suppliers to project managers – it’s no wonder construction is considered to be one of the most fragmented industries.
Collaborative project management tools allow these parties to come together, enabling comments and feedback to be given in real time. These live documents mean that everyone has the same information. Troubleshooting, updates and resolutions can be accessed and updated across all stakeholders from anywhere.
Giving a new perspective
Walkthroughs of a construction site can be time consuming, and pose potential safety hazards to those conducting them.
The advent of drone technology has made these devices more accessible than ever, meaning that fly-throughs of a project can be conducted without having to step foot on site. Drones are able to access areas that people can’t; shedding new perspective on things that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
The use of such devices saves time too, increasing productivity thanks to hours saved on walkthroughs.
Increase process efficiency
Have you ever found yourself wishing you had more time to work on something, but instead had to make your way through a monotonous or mindless task to tick the boxes first?
Harnessing the right tech can be the key to giving you back your precious time. This frees you up to focus on the big picture and outsourcing the more repetitive or time consuming parts of the job.
For construction recruitment, trawling through resumes and managing the application process can be a frustrating waste of time. Hunting for the right candidates in a sea of applications shouldn’t be so difficult.
And now, it doesn’t have to be. Platforms like Conecta do the hard work for you, meaning you can focus on interviewing top talent rather than spending hours trying to find them in the first place.
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