Cloud Computing in Construction: Trends identified by GlobalData
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Cloud Computing in Construction: Trends

By GlobalData Thematic Research 04 Jun 2021 (Last Updated June 4th, 2021 16:59)

Construction companies began tentatively adopting cloud computing over a decade ago, but in recent years the importance of cloud in the industry has grown.

Cloud Computing in Construction: Trends
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More companies are adopting cloud-first strategies indicating the long-term importance of the cloud. Adopting the cloud and associated technologies can help develop strategies to protect against universal industry challenges.

Trends in cloud computing in construction

Listed below are the key trends impacting cloud computing in construction, as identified by GlobalData.

Delivery

The increasing complexity of projects is leading to significant challenges in delivering on time and budget. Project monitoring is primarily focused on monitoring cost overruns and delays. A forward-looking, smart project management approach is needed to help translate data insights into actions and help keep projects on track and costs down.

Sustainability

Construction will need to adapt as consumers and corporations turn to more sustainable practices. Sustainability in construction encompasses the use of more sustainable materials in construction and improved management of construction waste. As global demands on the industry continue to increase, efficient resource management is needed to address these issues.

Sourcing

Contractors face challenges in securing people, materials, and equipment in the right place at the right time. Issues of long delays, bureaucratic procurement processes, and economic factors all drive up project costs. At the same time, the negative perception of the industry is a significant obstacle in attracting the young and talented to help reinvigorate the industry.

Costs

Increased project complexity, low-profit margins, and a shifting competitive landscape have all put pressure on profitability and have made cost control vital for survival. Firms have seen project expenses increased steadily in the past few years due to rising material costs and future costs are likely to increase even more.

Collaboration

As projects become increasingly challenging and complex, higher levels of coordination are needed between all stakeholders, including project owners, designers, engineers, and contractors. Construction companies are looking to collaborate across the construction cycle through integrated contracts, joint ventures, or mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Data resources

As companies have adopted new technologies, the amount of data produced has increased. Data is quickly becoming an asset in helping effective decision making. To maximise return on investment for a project, data must be collected, stored, managed, and used efficiently.

Digitalisation

The industry has been traditionally slow to adopt technology. However, productivity has been idle in the construction sector due to the extensive regulation, a fragmented construction cycle, and misaligned incentives among contractors and owners. Thin margins have no doubt invested in digital innovation difficult in recent years, but the productivity-boosting effects of digital are gradually being realised and becoming more widespread in construction.

Safety

Despite improvements, construction remains a dangerous profession. Although improvements can come from better enforcement of health and safety regulations and training, advances are being made in the adoption of new technologies and the use of robotics to replace the need for humans to undertake dangerous tasks.

Data security

As more of the construction process becomes digitalised, vulnerabilities have arisen from the fragmentation of construction into multiple enterprises. There is growing concern over the security of data and the threat of cyber-attacks.

This is an edited extract from the Cloud Computing in Construction – Thematic Research report produced by GlobalData Thematic Research.

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