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In Conversation with Sam Barakat to Better Understand the Factors Affecting the Construction Industry

After the pandemic, the construction industry has seen a growing appetite for remote work culture. Construction companies have found it to be a nightmare to find skilled labor and adopt new construction technologies. But the pandemic significantly changed this feature.

We spoke with Sam Barakat to learn more about the change in construction trends in the next five years.

Q&A with Sam Barakat

Who Did We Interview?

Sam Barakat is a Construction Expert & Arbitrator. He is a Professional Engineer and a licensed lawyer. Sam has diverse experience in the construction market and has worked on multi-agency projects that include DOTs, local cities, counties, ports, and private developers. He is a profound member of RLB North American corporate team.

Let Us Quickly Get To Our Expert’s Point Of View.

Question 1: In the age of COVID-19, how do you see the construction industry in the year 2022? Do you think this year will be a “digital year” for construction professionals?

I would not expect a major transformation for the year 2022, yet there is definitely a growing appetite for remote working.

Question 2: The construction industry has undergone dynamic changes over the years. What do you consider the biggest challenge for this industry now?

Currently, the biggest challenge in our industry is the lack of skilled labor. The industry has to invent new tools and implement more policies and procedures to supplement the lack of efficiency that would be caused by the gap in skilled labor.

Question 3: What potential do you see in the latest construction technology trends? Are they capable of boosting the productivity of construction professionals?

New tool and equipment technologies continue to emerge, saving contractors time and preserving profit.

Question 4: Where do you see the construction industry in the next five years? Please share your valuable insights with our readers.

I believe that the trends in the next five years will be the development of better AI tools and the implementation of better risk management policies and procedures. Also, I see the trend moving towards industrialized construction.

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.

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Question 5: In four words or less, what's your prediction about the transforming construction industry?


Question 6: What's your success mantra?

Get used to getting out of your comfort zone to achieve better results.

More Details

Sam Barakat has spent more than 12 years working on international construction projects. Through ongoing educational workshops, seminars, and other relevant training, he is continually improving his knowledge.

Sam has also presided as an arbitrator in several construction cases. And, over the years, he has provided multiple expert opinions on construction issues in arbitration and local courts.