With growing concerns about the over all efficiency in the construction industry, there has never been a greater need for worldwide industry changes that lower costs and reduce waste and construction time. Through years of industry experience and cutting edge research, we have come to the conclusion that these changes can be enabled by the transition from traditional pen-and-paper workflow to digital workflow.
We, at the Rendra team, aim to inspire change and provoke useful debate, to help you make your work easier — and more efficient — by taking advantage of today’s available technology. Together with our network of friends in the industry, we will be providing you with the latest, most innovative and efficient breakthroughs in digital construction. We have hunted some of the industry’s most prolific digital ‘revolutionaries’ to contribute their knowledge on this blog. This is the beginning of a new online Digital Construction community.
Over the past few years, the Rendra team and our accomplices have been following and analyzing the current shift in the construction industry. We have been to numerous sites, to see digital construction in action, and our accomplices are among the most vocal contributors at conferences and discussions about the future of construction.
Our experience has taught us one absolutely crucial lesson — change is easy to talk about, but it’s much harder to actually follow through. Usually, this is not because people don’t want to change, or because people believe that change is a bad idea for the business. Rather, truly meaningful change is difficult because it requires such a comprehensive reappraisal of so many areas all at the same time. This means it is exceedingly difficult to coordinate a change among all the members of an entire construction team. Such change requires enormous amounts of planning and investment, as well as numerous meetings and follow-ups. Often, this can discourage us as we question whether or not such upheaval is actually worthwhile, especially when we are already under pressure to complete projects.
We have found that every company, that has been successful in this transition, has had at least one digital revolutionary — one ‘champion’ to lead the charge. These champions have found success by looking for what we call a ‘minimum viable change’ — a small, yet meaningful change that shows workers the possibilities that await them if they are prepared to pursue this transition further. Once workers at every level begin to see the benefits of digital construction, more and more people offer their support for the ongoing transformation of the company.
This blog will tell the success stories of these champions, showing their ingenious methods and ideas. Industry leaders will be contributing their extensive experience from digitizing their workflow. The blog will focus on the lessons they have learnt, giving you useful tips on how to make the transition as easy as possible, focusing on how digitization enables higher interoperability while working on site. We will also be holding debates about the drawbacks and benefits of digitizing workflows.
BIM technicians will be providing concrete, usable tips and video tutorials on how different Building Information Modeling software can be incorporated into your projects. These will be supported by articles on how to overcome barriers and obstacles in the implementation of this software.
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If you have something you’d like to contribute to this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us. We believe change involves everyone, and the revolution we seek will never happen without active engagement from our readers — we would love to see what you have to offer Digital Construction.
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