Now that the coronavirus lockdown measures are being eased and many companies are adopting new methods of working, the construction industry is more and more turning to high-tech innovations.

According to Verdict, software specialists Procore Technology surveyed 250 construction managers to reveal that 66 per cent of companies have rolled out new digital technology during the lockdown.

Of the managers who responded to the survey, 94 per cent reported a noticeable improvement in who their teams worked as a direct result of the innovations. Four out of five respondents stated that they believe the use of a single digital platform which gives access to all the relevant information will be key to the future of the construction industry.

Brandon Olivieri O’Connor, Director of UK and Ireland at Procore UK&I, said: “We’ve seen contractors proactively making the move away from manual methods and excel towards platform technology. Construction won’t be the same as it was before, with connectivity and mobility driving a new way of working.”

Nearly 60 per cent of construction firms say there is an increased demand from workers for digital solutions to keep connected and work more efficiently, and over half of the companies that have rolled out digital solutions during the lockdown say there is an improvement in their teams’ safety.

Matthew O’Dowd, Group QHSE Manager, Elliott Group said: “At Elliott Group, the means to work digitally gives us a competitive advantage and ultimately helps us to achieve our mission of delivering projects defect-free – maintaining quality, reliability as well as safety.

He explained that the technology provided by Procore ensured that Elliott Group were able to continue operations during the COVID-19 crisis, and importantly provided means to make quick decisions.

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