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Is your construction business lacking operational efficiencies and labor shortages? If thatâ€™s the case, then itâ€™s time to embrace the latest construction technologies in your business. Automating your operations to achieve a streamlined workflow has become the need of the hour. You will get hundreds of articles emphasizing the growing technology in construction.
But would you like to hear it from real construction professionals? Weâ€™ve got you covered. ProjectPro introduces another influencer to understand his take on technology and why you should adopt them.
Who Did We Interview?
Adam Bean is working as a project manager in one of the renowned fabricating construction companies. He is also a speaker who usually talks about innovations, leadership, and other subjects to help fellow construction experts make better decisions.
This is going to sound a little bit negative, but my short answer to that question is no.
When you talk about transformation or adopting new technologies (which the construction industry is notoriously slow to do), you must look at what has to happen fundamentally for that change to occur.
What must happen is peopleâ€™s habits have to change, and that doesnâ€™t happen quickly (it takes on average 60 â€“ 65 days to create a new habit). Yes, COVID backed the construction industry into a corner and forced a more rapid adaptation of Digital tools, but that adaption has been short-lived, and people have gone back to business as usual the way it was done before COVID, which I believe is a major step backward for the industry.
Thereâ€™s a great quote from one of my Mentorâ€™s â€śAdapt or Dieâ€ť Barry Bull While we still cling to outdated planning tools like the Gantt chart, which are a WW2 relic, the industry is headed for trouble.
There are a lot of talks right now about labor shortages. And this is going to sound a little controversial, but the perceived labor shortage is not the real problem.
The real problem is a very poor use of the available resources that we currently have.
As an apprentice, I spent part of my time working for my father who used to have a saying that at the time drove me crazy, but it speaks straight to the heart of the issue that the construction industry faces.
Whenever we asked for more people, tools, resources, etc he would always reply, â€śYouâ€™re not using what youâ€™ve got properly yetâ€ť Ian Bean The construction industry is not using the resources that we have available to us (including labor) anywhere near as effectively as we should be.
The tools are great (especially some of the stuff coming through in the 3D scanning, AI, AR, and VR space), but they boost productivity and emphasize needs that should be a focus and a shift in teaching people how to use these tools effectively.
The tools that we now have at our disposal are a two-edged sword both able to boost productivity and drive distraction (kill productivity). Again, I come back to habits.
If we donâ€™t teach people the basics of how to work productively first (which, as an industry, weâ€™ve done a very poor job), the tools arenâ€™t going to fix the problem; theyâ€™re going to make it worse.
The way I see it, weâ€™ll be in 1 of 2 places in five yearsâ€™ timeâ€¦
1. We continue doing what weâ€™re currently doing which will be disastrous.
2. We fix the fundamental problems (habits) with tools like 2-second lean, and we become the leading global benchmark in an industry full of world-class problem solvers.
Moreover, there will be more reliance on prefabrication and module construction. This is one way to have more control over the risk created by uncertainty in the supply chain.
Habits must change!.
This one is easy; it comes from the late, great Kobe Bryant
â€śThe Mamba Mentality itâ€™s a way of life, itâ€™s not an attitude Persea, itâ€™s the way you live.
Itâ€™s trying to get better every single day.
Itâ€™s not something where you live with bravado or anything like that.
Itâ€™s just the simplest form of trying to get better at whatever it is that youâ€™re doingâ€ť
Adam Bean has an extensive skills set that include project management, change management, marketing strategy as well as process improvement that makes him an ideal construction professional. His coaching skills has enabled him to guide and motivate peer construction experts.
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