The construction industry has struggled with the consistent challenge of low productivity. Globally, the construction sector has seen annual productivity improvements of on average just 1.0 percent over the past two decades.
In comparison, the manufacturing sector averages around 3.6 percent globally. It’s clear to see the industry has been outpaced by others.
What low productivity really means to the construction industry is low output, late project delivery, reduced profits, and costly delays.
The sector is highly complex with fragmentation at its core and continual challenges around low margins, adversarial pricing models, financial fragility, and skills shortages.
There’s no doubt that BIM is seen as key for the engineering and construction (E&C) industry as it looks to digital transformation to tackle some seemingly inherent challenges such as budget overspend, project delays, and quality control issues.
In fact, a Zion Market Research report predicted BIM market value would reach $10.36 billion by 2022, up from $3.52 billion in 2016.
Engineering and construction is a project-centric world— and ERP-PM integration is key.
Along these lines, E&C professionals frequently ask, “How can I tie my corporate ERP system together with my project management system(s) to avoid error-prone, time-consuming double entry?”
Few will dispute how the lack of integration is is a headache—including missing or inconsistent information and inefficient double entry— but taking the first step can feel daunting. Fortunately, the tools and expertise available today make ERP-PM integration faster, easier, and more complete.
How do you know if integration is right for you?
BIM World 2018 in Paris isn’t fooling around. One of the largest building information modeling events in the world, the March 2018 event attracted almost 8,000 attendees, 174 exhibitors, and more than 90 conference and workshop sessions.
This year’s overarching theme was digital transformation. International experts revealed three key trends unfolding within the BIM world:
- You can’t do BIM without a common data environment (CDE)
- Artificial intelligence (AI) is now a reality in construction
- Everything is connected
In Part I, we discussed how company culture impacts team members. In Part II, we’ll examine how five corporate trends help organizations distinguish themselves from competitors and gain a leading edge.
1. Corporate trends: The biophilia hypothesis
E&C organizations have also created many new and innovative approaches to redeveloping their physical workspace. The biophilia hypothesis proposes that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.
Connecting workers in office environments with nature certainly isn’t new, but it’s getting a lot of recent traction. I visit many clients who’ve added courtyards, gardens, beehives, and natural light to their work spaces.