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July 12, 2019

Commercial Real Estate: Construction industry slow to take up technology

As reported in the Vancouver Sun, a critical shortage of skilled workers is usually the main problem that keeps most of B.C.’s builders up at night, but there’s another issue that should also be at the top of their minds: technology.

The B.C. Construction Association recently surveyed 320 construction companies around the province to figure out which construction technologies they are using and which ones they are not.

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The surveyors found three main types of tech that should be used more:

The industry has been generally slow to use building information modelling (BIM) programs. BIM includes using 3D models that give builders insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, build and manage infrastructure. While 44 per cent of survey respondents said they were interested in BIM, 20 per cent were not interested in using it, and 15 per cent had never even heard of it.

“Only 20 per cent of our respondents are using BIM,” said Chris Atchison, president of the construction association.

Green construction tech was another category that could use more attention, he said. A third category that needs a breakthrough is the use of robotics or drones in construction. “That’s a bit more of a flashy technology for the job site, and companies appear to be keeping an eye on this.”

Estimating software and construction project management software stood out at the most popular type of technology, with 45 per cent of respondents saying they use that tech and another 28 per cent indicating they are keen to use it.

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