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newsandviews Striking the Right Technological Balance By Don Shubert CCIA President Innovation and technology play an important role in construction. The industry is constantly striving to improve safety, productivity, quality, accuracy, data collection, and reporting. There are many technological advancements that enhance the process. In order to stay competitive, contractors have to dedicate resources to selecting and incorporating the right technologies into their business plan. They also have to make sure that their company continues to focus on the fundamentals and core construction practices. In  construction, it takes a combination of different talents, strengths and types of efforts to succeed in today's marketplace. Technology is speeding innovation across the industry and continues to add benefits to all aspects of the business. Successful companies are comprised of a balance of older generations that have embraced technology, and younger generations that take the time to master and be proficient in the fundamentals. Companies should not lose sight of one while focusing on the other. To get ahead in the industry, contractors should strike the right balance when combining emerging technologies with their core practices. It is getting more competitive in today's marketplace. The advantage to working smarter and safer that technology provides is often the key to helping a company obtain more work and maximize profits on existing projects. While the many benefits of new technology can be alluring, contractors must be careful not to fall out of balance by over-relying on it. There is still a human component to construction that remains important to the success of every project. Today's technology must be coupled with hard-earned years of field experience to get the best results. It takes people who know the basics and understand how the technology works, to bring everything together on a project. There is something to be said about the people who go out on the job, look around, and have the ability to assess the production as a whole. These seasoned construction professionals get a certain sense of things and are able to see the big picture. They have a feel for what is going on with the project and how best to move the work forward. It is important to make certain that your company's reliance on technology doesn't displace this important aspect of the process. Often, those that can work with a pencil and paper, or work with basic tools, can notice when something technological isn't quite right and needs to be reevaluated. Estimators, tradespeople, equipment operators, foremen, and superintendents need to be proficient in the fundamentals as well as the technology. Moreover, this practical, hands-on experience is vital when something has to be fixed or is needed to improvise to keep the job moving. Technology can do many things, but it may not be ready to completely replace the human ability to problem solve, negotiate, and communicate in escalated situations. Software may not be a substitute for a superintendent first thing in the morning or solve the day-to-day problems that are not anticipated. That being said, technology has had a tremendous impact on the construction industry. It has many positive effects on projects. It is speeding innovation across the industry and continues to add benefits to all aspects of the business. It is also advancing at a rapid pace and becoming an integral part of the process for completing a project. Today's contractors depend on many applications, from estimating software, to 3D modeling, to machine controls that enhance accuracy and performance. Technology has obviously established its place in construction, it is here to stay, and will continue to grow within the industry. The pace of technology is quickening. Experience in the fundamentals takes time. Mastering both is a true accomplishment. The right combination brings real value to a project. CONNstruction / FALL 2015 / 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Fall 2015

Striking the Right Technological Balance
Eyes Over the Project: Drones in Construction
Connecticut Moves to Modernize Technology
Technology Drives Lean, Adds Value to Projects
Machine-Controlled Equipment Improves Jobsite Performance
Secure Your Data
Intelligent Communication in Transportation
Is Your Construction Software Technology Up to Speed?
Young Contractors Forum Summer Membership Meeting and Young Contractors Forum Annual Charity Golf Outing
AGC of Connecticut Annual Golf Outing
Press Conference and 2015 CCIA Ethics and Compliance Summit
Index to Advertisers/

CONNstruction - Fall 2015