Construction industry after COVID-19
First of all, I would like to apology because, due to the consequences of the new situation, our publication rate has decreased during April. However, we are now back and our aim today is explain you how is going to change the construction industry after COVID-19
COVID-19 has impacted our society globally, changing methodologies, processes and behaviors, and the construction sector is included.
Impact of COVID-19 in construction
Focusing on this industry, when contractors and companies begin to recover their activities, they will see a completely different reality.
First, workers healthy and safety needs to be improved. Construction companies must take care of creating a safer and healthier environment on job sites: introducing workforce temperature checks, staggered entry times and disinfection of tools and places. So the way of operate in construction is going to change.
Due to these changes that improve safety, projects timeline will increase. This extends the sales cycle of construction and augments the costs.
Protocols and procedures will be more extensive. Group activities will decrease thanks to the incorporation of more technology to the construction process. For example, doing remote building inspections by IoTzing the construction site is more efficient than obtaining data in the traditional way.
There will be a change in the project types trends. Public projects will be more focused on sustainability (open and green areas). As a example, Spanish cities are working on expanding their cycles lines and sidewalks. Another example is that architects will need to add consider safety distances in their building designs.
There were several delays in the construction supply chain during the initial months of the COVID crisis. These problems can provoke a change in the decision making process of contractors. They will take into account more expensive options if these nearest alternatives have less risks of collapse.
Modular and prefabrication will be more adopted as a solution. They offer more safety and control, avoiding onsite building that presents more congestions and risks. In our post The future of construction outlook we included modular as a potential trend.
Also, probably office workers continue their activity doing remote work, reducing infection risks between the workforce.
This new problems can be a great opportunity for disrupting technologies.
After a proper analysis of the construction industry after COVID-19 we observe that new trends are a big chance for contech and proptech companies. New companies will offer digital products, workforce management tools… And new solutions will be focused on optimizing the project timeline, like our CoSMoS product. It helps in concrete related stages: reducing timings and avoiding site inspections.
In following posts we will deepen about new technologies helping construction companies for post COVID-19 era.