The construction sector has traditionally been relatively slow to invest in research and development. Digital technologies provide new tools and techniques that are set to fundamentally reshape the industry for years to come. Is now the time to look again at R&D programs to embrace valuable digital opportunities? What new risks arise from their use?
The future landscape today
In very simple terms, the opportunities present themselves in one of three broad categories:
Firstly, knowledge management encompasses the collection and analysis of electronically generated data, typical examples being the use and increasing sophistication of BIM and tracking of plant, materials and labor.