3 Misconceptions About Construction Technology

by Madison Eklund
May 31, 2018

Technology is changing the construction industry. Whether it's mobile apps, GPS trackers or autonomous vehicles, technology has proven to help streamline processes in construction and trucking. While most industry professionals recognize the increased role of technology in their future, some are still hesitant to buy in. That skepticism could be due to misconceptions about construction technology, its efficacy and how hard it will be to use. Put your worries to rest — let's dispel a few of those misconceptions.

Misconception #1: Integrating new technology is too complicated and my workers will never be able to adapt quickly enough.

A common fear is that new software will be too difficult to bring in to the whole company. They're worried not everyone will understand the technology — especially older employees who have been so used to pen and paper. And training every employee can be a tedious process, but that shouldn't deter you from moving forward.

The solution is to find the right version of technology for your company and understand that most applications and interfaces are designed to be easy to use. You have options when it comes to new software. You don’t need to jump right into the platform with the most functions. If you think your workers won't adapt as quickly as you’d like, choose a simpler technology with few functions. Test multiple solutions and pick one that assimilates well with your company. The goal is technology that will solve a problem within your company, not make life more difficult.

It is also important to provide proper technology training. The most common failure with a company-wide rollout of new technology is a lack of employee training, from leaders to front-line employees. The fallout comes when the onsite crews don’t fully understand the benefits of the software. To ensure a smooth implementation, make sure everyone who will be using the technology is properly trained.

Misconception #2: It’s not crucial to upgrade to new technology.

Everything is working fine now, so why would you want to upgrade to a new, unknown software?

Because in the long run, tech solutions will make day-to-day processes more efficient and cost effective. Most onsite technology aids people in the field, aiming to make their job easier. The same technology will also make things more efficient for people in the office by allowing real-time communication and progress reports. Using one integrated technology for your company will create better, faster communication, as well as making all processes easier to manage. These attributes will allow for more timely and informed decisions which will benefit the overall profitability of your company.

It may not seem important to adopt newer technology today, but it will become more crucial with each day that passes. Upgrading to newer technologies now puts your company a foot in front of the competition later.

Misconception #3: Software developers don’t understand what we need because they’ve never stepped foot on a construction site.

Because technology has not always been directly aligned with the construction industry, it can be hard for company leaders to believe that software developers actually have their needs in mind. The important thing to understand is that the best-in-class software was designed for companies like yours. They do understand your problems, and developers and producers want their products to work seamlessly in our industry. To do that, they have to put time and energy into understanding the business. Most developers are in direct contact with industry leaders and clients.

There’s no question that technology is currently impacting the construction industry, and the future only holds more advancements. It’s the companies that have the ability to adapt and embrace technological change that ultimately survive and see success in the competitive business environment.

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