18.07.2018 | By Arlinda Sipilä

The construction industry is going digital and things are moving fast. We dug a little deeper into a few key areas which are likely to have a great impact on the industry in the years to come.

This blog post continues our new weekly series discussing the 6 key trends in the construction industry, one topic at a time. You can find the previous topics here:

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Key trends in the construction industry

The construction industry, often seen as a relatively conservative field, has over the last few years started to change rapidly. New technology has become available, and it is helping to make construction processes both simpler and easier to manage.

“You can see the parallels with the vehicle industry, which was able to streamline its production processes at an early stage. Eight to ten years ago, the construction industry started heading in the same direction, and now things are moving fast”, says Markus Waser, Head of Training in Construction Technology and Community Construction at Yrgo in Gothenburg.

Easy-access models in the Cloud

Cloud services simplify construction projects. Instead of everyone involved in a project sending updated models to one another once a week, only for one party to discover that the wall they have been working on seems to have been moved, everyone can now work according to the same model in real time.  Everyone has access to the latest information and can be certain that it is right. Everything is correct, and the work can be completed more quickly. Sölve Harr is convinced that everyone will soon be working this way.

“Thanks to digitalisation, we can now use our tablets or phones to check how many ventilation pipes there are in a project. All the parties involved have quick access to all the information. Once a simple user interface is designed for the model, BIM technology will become a whole lot more interesting and fun to use”, he says.