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Paper vs. Technology when capturing and recording onsite construction data – There’s only one winner
In an era of rapid technological advancement, the construction industry has remained somewhat hesitant in embracing the digital revolution. There are pockets of change, but elements of the construction industry still demonstrate a resilience to change. Construction professionals have often clung to familiar, paper-based processes due to concerns about the steep learning curve of new technology. But the truth is, technology isn't that scary.
The slow adoption of technology in construction is a missed opportunity. While other industries have fully harnessed the power of digital tools, the construction sector has lagged behind. This reluctance to change not only hinders progress but also impacts the industry's competitiveness and sustainability.
Benefits of Embracing Technology
So, what benefits can construction professionals expect when they leap into the digital realm? Here are a few compelling reasons to embrace technology:
- Increased Efficiency: Digital tools can automate manual processes, saving time, ensuring compliance and reducing the risk of errors.
- Improved Collaboration: Technology facilitates real-time communication and data sharing, fostering collaboration among teams, even across geographical boundaries.
- Enhanced Safety: Visualisation and capture technology can help identify safety hazards early in the construction process, minimising accidents and injuries.
- Cost Savings: Streamlined processes and better project management through technology can lead to significant cost savings, including reduce travel cost to site.
- Sustainability: Technology can help monitor and optimise resource usage, minimising unnecessary travel to site, promoting sustainability and reducing environmental impact.
Symetri: Your Partner in the Digital Transformation Journey
Breaking down the barrier to technology adoption doesn't have to be a daunting task. Consultancy led technology companies like Symetri are here to support construction professionals on their digital transformation journey. With a wealth of expertise and a wide range of solutions, Symetri can help construction firms seamlessly integrate technology into their operations.
Oculo: A formidable tool
One of the powerful tools in Symetri's arsenal is Oculo, a platform designed specifically for the construction industry. Utilising a 360⁰ degree camera mounted on a hard hat or selfie stick, Oculo provides a constantly updating “Google-esque” view of your construction site, with simple site walks the only requirement for image capture. Its adoption drives improved project progress monitoring, evidence capture, quality management, issue resolution and regulatory compliance amongst a host of other benefits. With Oculo you can also minimise the need for unnecessary trips to site to audit work and discuss resolution, which reduces preventable carbon emissions and health and safety risk.
In conclusion, it's time for the construction industry to shed its fear of technology. The benefits are too significant to ignore, and with the support of trusted partners like Symetri and tools like Oculo, the transition can be smooth and rewarding. Embrace technology, break down the barriers, and set your construction projects on a path to success in the digital age.
For more information on Oculo, view our product page.
This blog post is part of a series:
- Unlocking efficiency: The importance of capturing and recording live construction imagery and data
- Streamlining workflows: How Oculo enhances your construction processes with Autodesk BIM 360, Autodesk Construction Cloud and Viewpoint
- Supporting the Building Safety Act with Oculo: A new era in construction safety