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Digitizing Construction: Adoption Report in the AEC Industry

Digitizing Construction: Adoption Report in the AEC Industry

The construction industry is no stranger to change. Over the years, it has seen the introduction of new materials, technologies, and processes that have transformed the way we build. Today, digitizing construction is a major trend and opportunity for the industry to improve efficiency, productivity, and collaboration. From Building Information Modelling (BIM) to drones, robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT), digital technologies are increasingly being adopted across the construction value chain.

To provide industry benchmarks for other markets throughout the Asia Pacific, Autodesk collaborated with Deloitte to research new trends impacting this sector and the level of technology adoption in Singapore, Australia, and Japan.

But what does this mean for the industry? How far along are we on this journey? And what are the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead? This report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of digital adoption in the construction industry. We will examine the current state of play, the drivers and barriers to adoption, and the implications for key stakeholders such as owners, contractors, and suppliers.

Digitizing Construction: Deloitte and Autodesk Industry Report Highlights

Deloitte and Autodesk Industry Report Highlights
  • Businesses in the engineering and construction industries are recognizing the need to use technology more frequently. In FY2022, almost nine out of ten (89%) companies reported making investments in or purchasing new technology.
  • Lack of digital skills in the workforce was cited as the top barrier to the adoption of technology by 44% of businesses, followed by uncertainty about skills and capabilities (41%) and a lack of funding (41%).
  • 40% of well-established businesses use business information modeling (BIM), while 39% use cloud management software.
  • Using new technology to deliver client work was cited as a primary source of revenue growth by 61% of businesses, followed by winning more complex and higher value work (66%) and winning work of similar complexity and value to that done currently (63%).
  • Increased productivity (34%), improved customer experience (33%), and increased staff safety (33% were the most frequently mentioned business benefits of introducing technologies.

Focus Areas

Focus Areas

  • Creating an overall strategy and tracking and measuring progress.
  • Establishing a strong change management plan to support the motivation for change.
  • Growing digital skills in-house.
  • Collaboration
  • Concentrating on the financial benefits of digital adoption initiatives.

Top Barriers to Technology Adoption in Construction Industry

Top Barriers to Technology Adoption in Construction Industry

  • Employee turnover – 34%
  • Resistance to change – 37%
  • Lack of necessary digital skills – 44%
  • Lack of leadership support – 35%
  • Uncertainty – 41%
  • Do not see the relevance to business – 29%
  • Lack of time – 39%
  • Technologies cost – 37%
  • Lack of budget allocated 41%
  • Lack of trusted providers – 31%
  • Lack of Awareness – 11%

Every sector of the economy is being impacted by new disruptive technologies, which are altering how businesses plan, organize, and complete their work. Similar to other industries, the construction and engineering sectors have recently seen a variety of technologies introduced.

Successful construction and engineering companies are realizing the advantages of technology adoption and implementation.

BIM and the use of cloud-based construction management software can both be seen as key enabling technologies that can open the use of other more sophisticated digital technologies, resulting in their comparatively higher use.

Digital technologies may be viewed by businesses as a long-term investment that may not yield immediate results.

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