We have all heard the numbers. Labor-productivity growth in construction has averaged only 1% a year in the past two decades, which is compared with growth of 2.8% for the total world economy and 3.6% in the case of manufacturing.
Here’s where it gets exciting. McKinsey, www.mckinsey.com, New York, N.Y., goes on to predict that if construction-sector productivity were to catch up with that of the total economy, this would boost the sector’s value by an estimated $1.6 trillion, adding about 2% to the global economy, or the equivalent of meeting about half of the world’s infrastructure need. Talk about a big opportunity!
So, the question remains: What is the solution to boosting productivity in construction? Peggy Smedley recently sat down with Marcel Broekmaat, director of product management, connect applications, Trimble, buildings.trimble.com , Sunnyvale, Calif., to talk about lagging productivity in construction and how the three Cs—constructible, content enabled, and connected—can help. On The Peggy Smedley Show, he explains there are big benefits to leveraging those three Cs and that using standardized content repeatedly on projects can drive planning and execution.
Here’s the overall premise: The Trimble Constructible Process lets construction professionals build beyond BIM (building information modeling). Using constructive data and realtime collaboration, every person, phase, and process works together seamlessly, optimizing the entire design, build, and operate lifecycle.
Here’s a closer look at those three Cs that Broekmaat referenced on the podcast:
- Connected: Breaks downs the silos, and ultimately improves coordination and project management across every touchpoint.
- Content-enabled: Managed content ensures construction professionals are working with the most up-to-date manufacturer’s content.
- Constructible models and workflows: Precise geometries can help uncover issues earlier. In constructible workflows, building data is used in the field to direct the construction process.
On the show, Broekmaat explains that there are wins for all parties involved. “The owner gets a higher quality building typically, delivered in time and at the expected cost. Part of that is creation of awareness as well. When that is starting to serve the owner level, I am convinced that this will become the standard.”
Digging a little bit deeper, he says sharing folders doesn’t necessarily create collaboration. Rather that is moving the problem from the local desktop to the cloud.
“What we believe the right solution is to put that data in the design context,” says Broekmaat. “Location is what it is about. When you are in a location as a worker, you need to know what data is relevant to you and Trimble Connect does exactly that. We combine the design information, drawings and 3D models, with the data that can be shared, either through files or the individual BIM elements.”
For construction professionals, tapping into technology could be the solution to improving productivity and adding that estimated $1.6 trillion, or 2% to the global economy. Are you ready to take your project to the next level? To learn more about the Constructible Process, visit Constructible.com.
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