How tech is reshaping skills needed in construction

Construction tech skills Ellis Fox Blog

From robotics to augmented reality (AR), the number of technologies making inroads in construction continue to grow. Fortunately, as technologies mature, we seem to have moved past the concerns that technology would replace humans. Instead, companies are now looking for ways to maximise the benefits that new technologies have to offer.

With this approach comes a requirement for different skillsets in employees. We look at how different aspects of technology can help you advance your career.

Identifying the best technology fit

One of the challenges that companies face is the plethora of technologies that offer very similar benefits.  Without understanding specific applications and how the technologies will integrate with existing systems, it’s hard to discern which product is the best choice.

Employees that have a combined knowledge of how the industry works and a deep understanding of what specific technologies can do, are assets for a company.  Their value comes in understanding what the technology needs to deliver and how different technologies can do this.

Having someone who can bridge the gap between understanding where the company is versus where they want to be, and what technologies can help them get there is hugely beneficial. It helps companies to optimise their technology spend and ensure that they achieve a good return on their investment.

Creating efficiencies

In UK construction, productivity is the industry’s Achilles heel. Projects delivered on time and within budget are the exception rather than the rule. In working to solve this, technology has a lot to offer: From data digitization to automation, and integrating technology for more accurate and advanced building techniques.

What companies need in terms of skills are people that can successfully implement and oversee digital transformation so that they can start to gain efficiencies. This may involve digitizing systems, setting up workflows and processes, and even initiating new ways of working on site.

This requires a combination of strong technical knowledge and project management skills, as well as good communication and people management abilities. For implementation to succeed, changes will need to be made, which often gets met with resistance. This requires skillful persuasion combined with technical knowledge, in order to sell the benefits and get buy in.

Keeping up with tech transformation is one of the best things you can do for your career. It can give you the advantage of being at the forefront of progressive and positive change in construction.