Like many industries, the construction industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many changes have occurred in the past year. Even after the pandemic is over, there will be many changes that stay.
When it comes to the post-pandemic in the construction industry, there are many ways that you’ll have to adapt if you want to run your construction company effectively. Even though it can seem a bit daunting to change the way you complete many of your construction-related processes, you’ll be ahead of the competition once you’ve adapted.
In this article, we’ll cover all the different ways you should expect to adapt in the post-COVID-19 world. That way, you can be ready for all the changes coming in the future, after the pandemic has ended. Read on to learn more.
Digital Collaboration and Communications Tools
Because of the pandemic, the construction industry has had to turn to digital adoption when managing many of its different processes. For this reason, digital collaboration and communication tools will now start to be used more often in this industry.
All types of information used for different projects will now be collected online. For example, the plans for a construction project will be available online in a database. Digital building replicas will also be used, improving accuracy.
Information related to worker schedules, payments, and more will also be stored online. If you’ve been thinking of investing in a cloud ERP, now is the time.
Acumatica Construction Edition is a perfect choice if you want to start streamlining all your accounting processes and provide more visibility amongst your teams.
Acumatica is also useful when it comes to communicating digitally with your clients. Already during COVID-19, many elements of project management and communications went online. So many people spent time looking at screens to communicate. Ensuring that there is transparency within your organization, no matter if they are in the field, at the office, or even at home, a cloud solution is the way to go.
Now, it will be the norm. So if you want to stay ahead of the competition, you should invest in digital collaboration and communications tools.
Remote Visiting and Monitoring
In the past, stakeholders would come directly to the construction site to check out the work’s progress and make sure that all safety regulations were being followed. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this had to change.
Instead, stakeholders began to visit construction sites remotely. As a result, this will start to occur more often. Video conferencing tools will often be used, and there could even be more surveillance of sites.
This constant surveillance of construction sites will also guarantee more safety for workers since anyone not allowed on the site during off-hours will be seen on camera if they go onto the site.
Drones also started being used during the pandemic. There are many benefits to using drones since they can survey and map accurately, providing you with the information you need about the work’s progress at the site.
If you want the work at your site to progress effectively and quickly, with all the best safety methods implemented, removing visiting technology and monitoring can get you ahead in the post-pandemic construction industry.
AI Sensors and Wearables
Because health and safety requirements were so strict during the pandemic, things have changed. During the pandemic, AI sensors and wearables were used so that construction companies could ensure they were compliant with distancing regulations.
In the future, you’ll be able to ensure that workers are in the correct construction areas by using these sensors and wearables.
If you work with contractors, then this will be especially useful. This is because you will be able to keep track of newly hired workers more efficiently.
Automated Construction and Robotics
During the pandemic, it was easier to assign some repetitive tasks to robots. This way, there would be fewer workers on-site. Those who were on-site would complete the most complex tasks. As a result, the use of automated construction and robotics is now on the rise.
The tasks that robots can complete include cement pouring, masonry, and brick-laying. They can also be used for demolition projects before construction begins.
After the pandemic, construction and robotics will improve lead times, address safety and health issues, and drive down construction projects’ costs.
Contractors will be some of the most hard-hit people in the construction industry post-pandemic. This is because they are smaller than larger construction players, so they’ve had the hardest time finding projects during the pandemic.
As a result, you need to do what you can to help out contractors. After all, they are an essential part of the operation when you hire them for construction projects.
First, you need to keep your dialogue with them open. This way, everything regarding payment, work times, and who you’re working with will be clear.
Second, when you do communicate, make sure everything is in writing. It also helps to record all your communications electronically. By using the type of digital communications tools we covered earlier, you can ensure you do this.
Need More Information About Post-Pandemic Construction?
Now that you know all about what to expect when adapting to post-pandemic construction industry trends, you might need more information. Maybe you want to learn more about the different types of new technologies you can use at your work sites. Or maybe you want to learn more about what software you can use to run your construction company efficiently.
If your organization is ready to adapt to the various changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, reach out to our experts today!