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1 Solution For 6 Construction Challenges

Architects, engineers and contractors (AEC) are always looking for ways to deliver projects faster and for cheaper costs. So we decided to ask 1,280 AEC pros what would help them do exactly that for our 2015 North American Construction Survey.

The survey included companies both big and small, from 10 staffers or fewer to 1,000 or more employees.

The results confirmed that technology adoption in the construction industry can no longer be ignored:

72% of respondents pegged technology as the most important thing changing construction in North America.

While the question list was quite extensive, below is the list of the standout challenges AEC pros face today:

The Top 6 Construction Challenges

  1. 79% see communication tools that keep projects on track as the most important capability for managing productivity and reducing cost.

  2. 69% desired online access for all project participants when using construction software.

  3. 62% said tracking budgets in real-time is essential to increasing productivity and reducing costs.

  4. 45% rate centralization of project info as critical to enhancing productivity and cutting costs.

  5. 59% said intelligent scheduling and mobile access to project management lifecycles on any device is invaluable.

  6. 50% reported the use of faulty drawings or specifications as the main cause of project delays.

One Solution

The single problem that connected these responses was a lack of control over information. Every time a team member prints or uploads information, it’s another opportunity for miscommunication and project delays.

The one solution to all these problems is better, industry-specific technology. But adoption is easier said than done.

Industry experts report that adopting these advances has been a challenge because of the lack of interoperability between construction technologies.

“When apps put too many functions together, it’s overwhelming,” said Carol Hagen, a construction technology consultant. “If it takes a long time for an employee to learn the tool, he becomes frustrated and will not want to use it again.”

The SKYSITE construction app was our way of responding to the complex challenges industry professionals face every day. SKYSITE gives users 21st century control over their construction information. The app is designed to use today’s tech for improved collaboration and communication, letting professionals manage, markup, and distribute drawings easily from a tablet or mobile device.

The Takeaway

No matter the challenge (or chosen solution), our 2015 North American Construction Survey had one major takeaway:

“AEC professionals have their priorities straight for the most important issues facing our society today, and they are increasingly turning to communication and collaboration technology to address these issues,” said Evan Casey, National Director of Business Development for ARC.

Go to www.skysite.com to learn more about how SKYSITE can help you overcome your construction challenges.

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