European Building Summit 2023

Digitization in the construction industry benefits.

In the last few decades, digitalization has transformed many sectors of the economy, including construction. The adoption of new technologies and digital tools has revolutionized the way construction projects are planned, designed, built and managed. In this article, we will explore some of the main impacts of digitization in this sector.

Increased efficiency in planning and design

Digitization has enabled construction professionals to use advanced 3D modeling and building simulation tools to plan and design projects more efficiently and accurately, recreating what the building process will look like before it starts and anticipating risks.

In addition, other technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyze field data and plan construction projects more effectively.

Finally, computer-aided design (CAD) software allows architects and designers to create detailed and accurate designs that can be easily adjusted and modified to the needs of each project.

A safer construction site

Digitization has also improved construction site safety. Drones are used to perform inspections and risk assessments in hard-to-reach locations. Smart glasses and other wearable devices allow workers to receive real-time information about safety and precautions to take to avoid accidents.

At the same time, we have digital algorithms that can help us make decisions in the construction process, such as simulating the passage of time in one material or another.

In a final note on safety, it is worth mentioning off-site construction. As we have already mentioned in another blog article, this is a great pending revolution in the sector that would reduce both cost overruns and the high accident rate. A model that is closely related to digitalization.

Reduce costs and construction time

Digitization has also enabled a reduction in costs and construction time. Digital planning and design tools allow teams to identify and resolve problems before construction work begins, reducing costs and time. In turn, it has enabled the automation of many tasks, reducing errors and the time required to complete them.

In this aspect, the use of data is key. Big Data technology allows us that massive data management that brings value to the construction process. It is through data management and analysis that we can minimize risks and improve production and economic margins.

More sustainable than traditional construction

As mentioned above, new technologies allow the construction sector to work with greater foresight and adjust needs. This makes it possible to accurately measure the materials needed for each project and to prevent 35% of the materials from being wasted, as happens in traditional construction.

All this allows it to become a circular process in which the environment is not damaged so much and the budget is better adjusted, thus generating a more sustainable system, also economically.

However, despite the many benefits of digitalization in construction, there are still challenges that need to be addressed. The lack of digital skills among workers, familiar with the traditional model, is a major obstacle to the implementation of new technologies.

In conclusion, we are far from full digitalization in the sector. But it is the way forward to improve efficiency in planning and design, safety on the construction site, and reduce costs and construction time.

As digital technologies continue to evolve, the impact of digitization on construction is expected to remain profound and transformative, which we will discuss at the European Building Summit Barcelona 2023.