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high cost of low coordination - Revizto blog
February 5, 2024

The high cost of low coordination: Why BIM and cloud-based collaboration are no longer optional in construction

by Jason Howden, Chief Innovation Officer, Revizto

In the dynamic world of construction, the adage “time is money” has never been more accurate. As Chief Innovation Officer for Revizto, I’ve witnessed firsthand the costly repercussions of poor coordination and communication in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. It’s time we address this pervasive issue head-on.

The construction industry is no stranger to challenges. From managing complex projects to coordinating multiple stakeholders, the sector is a labyrinth of potential pitfalls. Among these, poor communication and coordination are the most damaging, costing the U.S. construction industry more than $31 billion in 2018 alone.

This figure is staggering, but it’s not surprising. Construction workers lose almost two full working days each week solving avoidable issues and searching for project information. This inefficiency is a direct result of poor coordination and communication, and it’s a problem we can no longer afford to ignore.

The advent of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and cloud-based collaboration technologies has revolutionised the way we approach construction projects. Yet, despite the availability of these tools, their adoption has been slow. More than 75% of companies provide mobile devices to their project managers and field supervisors, but less than one-fifth consistently use apps beyond email, text, and phone calls to access project data and collaborate with project stakeholders. This underutilsation of technology is a missed opportunity for efficiency and cost savings.

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