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How technology can be the catalyst for change in the rail sector

In construction, the rail sector is one that is certainly embracing technology and digital transformation. The implementation of digital signalling systems, for example, is helping trains operate more efficiently, maintaining timely schedules even with greater frequency. Smart monitoring systems are providing operators with real time alerts for faults and helping with pre-emptive maintenance that reduces…

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It’s time to connect the dots…

Every week the news headlines bring more doom and gloom, if it’s not the latest Brexit debacle, it’s how yet another construction firm has closed its doors. It’s certainly shattered the assumption that if you’re big you can’t go bust, and now with one of the oldest construction firms closing, it shows that just because…

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Tech skills – making digital transformation work in construction

While the construction industry in the UK is not generally known for its pioneering approach to digital transformation, it’s not necessarily stuck in the dark ages. There are some companies proving that technology can be hugely beneficial to business, from data analysis to engineering and design applications. Technology in itself is not necessarily holding back…

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Technology – Construction just doesn’t get IT

In the last 30 years the world has undergone a massive transformation thanks to technology. Whereas in the 80’s computers were deemed a rare luxury that few people owned, now everyone uses not just computers but mobile phones to communicate on email, instant messenger and manage projects around the globe. Most people cannot imagine life…

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The Great Divide – The large tech implementation gap.

There’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of technology and BIM and how various digital solutions can help make construction safer and more efficient. But the number of companies forging ahead and actually implementing this technology seem to be in the minority. When asking industry role players why, the answer that is consistently…

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What skills are needed to drive digital transformation in construction?

It is almost as if the construction industry is scrambling to find the panacea that will turn around its fortunes. Amid all the headlines forecasting doom and gloom with regards to Brexit, and reports highlighting less than impressive output, digital transformation consistently comes up as a suggested solution to the industry’s problems. But is it?…

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Effective leadership in construction – what’s needed?

Leaders in the construction industry carry a great deal of responsibility. They work with £bn budgets, oversee projects that impact thousands of lives, and ultimately decide the success or failure of a project based on their decision making abilities and management skills. And given what’s at stake, failure shouldn’t be an option. Yet the number…

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What’s needed to enable more intelligent transport technology in the UK?

Driverless cars and intelligent transport systems are no longer the thing of dreams. While this technology has been talked about regarding the transport of the future for some time – that future is soon to become reality. With global trends towards lowering emissions and incorporating artificial intelligence in infrastructure, there have been massive investments in…

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What is holding back highways innovation?

The number of road users is increasing exponentially every year, adding to road congestion and maintenance costs. On top of that many local authorities have had their budgets cut, limiting infrastructure development. While there are calls for innovation and a different way of thinking, new technology is a hard sell to the authorities holding the…

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Can technology facilitate a more efficient & effective construction industry?

It has taken less than a decade to demonstrate the real value of using technology to improve planning, processes and procurement in construction. BIM has now become a standard in major tenders with the industry leaders now embracing BIM level 2. BIM is just the start of technological improvements that can dramatically change the construction…

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Cybersecurity in construction

When risks are accessed in the construction industry it typically brings to mind worker safety and the question of on-time delivery by subcontractors and supply chain vendors or payment by clients. However, with technology increasingly being incorporated into construction it has opened up the industry to an entirely new type of threat. Smart technology is…

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Who will drive the innovation in construction?

Technology is driving change at a pace that many companies are finding hard to keep up with. Especially those entrenched in traditional modes of operating. There is no question that change is necessary and innovation is one way to go about it. But in corporate cultures where it’s more important to follow policy and procedure,…

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