U.S. construction companies are not embracing technological advancements such as data analytics, drones, robotics, radio frequency identification (RFID) equipment and materials tracking, according to a report by consulting firm KPMG International.
The firm surveyed more than 200 senior executives from major project owners and engineering and construction companies worldwide, and found that nearly half of the organizations use multiple software platforms that are manually monitored.
When it comes to mobile technology and platforms, while most use remote monitoring on projects, 19% do not use mobile technology at all. Among those that do use mobile technology for projects, nearly 40% don’t have devices linked to an integrated system or broader enterprise-wide project management system.
“The survey responses reflect the industry’s innate conservatism towards technologies, with most firms content to follow rather than lead,” said Geno Armstrong, international sector leader, Engineering & Construction, at KPMG in the U.S.
“Many lack a clear technology strategy, and either adopt it in a piecemeal fashion, or not at all,” Armstrong said. “The rapidly evolving infrastructure challenges of the next decade [demand] that both owners and engineering and construction firms embrace technology more strategically and at a far more rapid pace than in the past.”
Seventy percent of the companies surveyed do not use robotic or automated technology, and most have no plans to use it in the future. About two thirds (65%) do not use data analytics other than for traditional cost and schedule analytics.
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