CONNstruction - Fall 2015 - (Page 7)
Striking the Right
By Don Shubert
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
Technology is speeding innovation
across the industry and continues
to add benefits to all aspects of
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
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.
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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
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CONNstruction - Fall 2015