The construction industry has been less innovative and also slow in accepting startups and the technology change benefits. In the near future we will be in a world where building structures will be created unmanned and completely automated. And for this reason, the construction industry has started to slowly changing towards startups and the relevant technology solutions to all of the problems that are experienced in the construction industry. The industry has been slow in accepting startups which has lead to it having more difficulties in controlling projects and managing the construction company profit margins.
The use of traditional construction method has resulted to more profits been consumed away by issues like inaccuracies that are caused by human error, delays in receiving, sharing of project drawings and other associated documents. The construction industry is struggling with the traditional method of construction and the need to review projects or share documents that are heavy to be shared through emails on a daily basis.
Even though the construction industry is slow to accept startups it has shown a progressing change which will allow the startups to introduce online construction collaboration tools that are programmed to keep construction project drawings and other important related documents available online at all times to all team members whenever they require using them. This change in construction industry will improve communication between the contractors, project managers, builders and owners making the communication easy, reliable and traceable. Startups will be able to introduce the online design software that will allow the project managers to easily update or make changes on the project drawings and make them available to the builders which will reduce paperwork and result to easy paperless project planning process.
The construction industry sector has slowly been changing towards accepting startups due to the technical challenges that the industry is facing which has played a big role in the slow process of construction industry digitalization, it is not easy to solve problems across all the construction sites for multiple sectors that are dispersed geographically. The construction industry has been slow to startup change but due to the fact that there is a huge demand for environment friendly construction structures which means that there has to be a change in the traditional construction process. This will make the shortage of skilled labor and supervisory staff to become worse, and that is a key important issue in construction that will require new ways of working and thinking capacity in order to tackle it. Many builders believe that every project is unique and it is not possible to scale up new ideas by introducing new construction technology and so the construction companies tend to focus on making partly incremental improvement
One of the factors that has made the construction industry to change in accepting startups even though the changing process is slow is the fact that the construction industry has been poor in productivity record, it relies entirely on paper work for all the construction projects and deliveries. Because the industry has been slow in digitalization, information and document sharing is delayed more often and contractors, project managers and owners work from different versions of reality. The use of paper work has made it difficult to analyze data that is crucial and helpful in procurement, constructing or historical performance which will lead to poor project risk management and poor project outcome and this can be disappointing to the clients. Mismanaged paperwork can cause disagreement between contractors, project managers and owners on important issues that can affect the whole construction process such as construction progress, claim management and change order.
With the startups intervention on the construction industry, there will be availability of low cost broadband internet connection through handheld devices like tablets and smart phones that will use a cloud based mobile applications that can be used even on remote construction areas. With this construction mobile applications, project managers and operators have the ability to change how the traditional construction process works like productivity management, incident reports, document sharing, time tracking, material dispatching and avoid manual inspection which is time consuming and dangerous to execute at times.