The Architecture, Engineering and Construction sector has systems integration problems and complicated supply chain challenges. In addition, on-site work puts extra demands on IT.
Communication between remote architects, engineers, managers, site staff and back-office teams is often confusing. Tracking and matching paperwork can be time-consuming. Temporary workers, health and safety and regulatory issues, and security challenges all add to the picture.
New collaboration systems and devices can dramatically improve communication, planning and forecasting, and radically reduce costs and time wasted in the purchase-to-pay cycle. But innovation needs to be balanced with rigorous business-focus in order to drive improvements. Solutions need to address people, process and technology issues.
Ambitious mid-market AEC businesses need to engage with new Building Informational Modelling (BIM) standards; virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR); new fabrication technologies and hi-tech surveying equipment like drones. These technologies can help win business, improve collaboration, and drive profitability.
Innovation and improvement must become part of the culture of the business but a sensible and commercial approach is required in order to ensure solid return on investment and to manage risk.