Technology is not only helping companies build more in less time, it can also help incorporate sustainability measures into the construction process.

New, modern construction methods require creativity. Computers can’t be creative. On the other hand, the human limitations that can result in fatigue and injuries can be helped by using robotic equipment. Robotics can eliminate repetitive work. There is a partnership to be had, and it is already in place in some companies.

Humans are innovative when solutions are needed. But we are limited when it comes to consuming and interpreting large amounts of data. Computers can perform that work more quickly than any person can. The cloud can augment that process by accommodating enormous data sets that computers can analyze to reveal the trends behind the data.

The technology is already there, in the form of artificial intelligence and machine learning, to save a team a week’s worth of work or more in interpreting data. The main challenge is to present the results in a way that people can understand.

Benefits come from adopting innovations without waiting for perfection. Technology promises collaboration that could not be imagined before. More can often be achieved when all the stakeholders on a project can see the information collectively. However, it still requires the will to make things work better together. Not only is a conscious change of mindset is needed, but the way work is done also needs to change.  

There will always be people who are unwilling to embrace change. A shift in mindset can threaten people. But the people and companies that do adapt and change are more likely to survive and thrive in the changing construction landscape. There comes a point where it is too late to catch up, and some inevitably get left behind.

One of those changes taking place is in sustainability. In many companies, the leadership talks about the role the company can take in promoting sustainability. For some, it may just be talk. Others are not just talking the talk but walking the walk.

When it comes to building a sustainable future, again, the technology is already available. It’s just a matter of how it is put to use. Digital tools give companies the ability to design carbon-friendly options. They provide the power to make new choices. Whereas decisions have historically been based on low-cost options, technology enables decision makers to consider the data up front before plans are set and meet customer expectations for sustainable construction without necessarily sacrificing cost.

For successful implementation of sustainable construction practices, education is important. The unknown is often feared. Sustainability goals and initiatives need to extend beyond the boardroom and make their way to the field.

When sustainability targets are mapped out at the beginning of a project, multiple benefits can be attained. One is reducing waste, whether from saving on wasted materials or saving on travel by remote collaboration in the cloud. Smart methods of construction and innovations are implemented on an adoption curve like anything else. Technology will help companies build more in less time and incorporate sustainability measures into their construction process.

Bridging the Gap Podcast, episode 154 with guest Ismail Makda of Graitec Group "Can Sustainability Make it Past the Boardroom?"​

Tune in to episode 154 of Bridging the Gap Podcast to learn more from Ismail Makda of GRAITEC.

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