Envision joined leading construction technology brands this June to share ideas on advancements and innovations for the construction, infrastructure and facilities management sectors in the decade ahead.
The inaugural Construction Technology Summit 2016 attracted more than 30 Australian construction technology start-ups alongside government, small to medium sized enterprises, and industry representatives and thought leaders, with more than 300 attending.
The conference explored avenues for improving how the wider construction industry can operate in the future, with three streams that looked at:
- The impacts of big data on smart cities and smart infrastructure
- How mobile will change the future of field processes
- How technology will impact efficient investment in, and management of, infrastructure assets
The Envision team, as exhibitors, welcomed the opportunity to talk with construction professionals about the challenges they faced in project delivery, with four key insights coming through.
Improving team collaboration was a common theme, with a clear desire to better use the collective knowledge of construction teams to overcome challenges faster.
While too much data was widely recognised for its potential to overwhelm and even detract from important highlights, people agreed that effective execution and ongoing planning depend on timely information – progress, costs, challenges etc – being available to all.
With the now widespread adoption of technologies such as BIM and GIS, the conference also provided a solid platform to further explore how Envision can complement these technologies during project delivery.
Finally, the growing trend for partnership-based contracts, such as PPPs, was also discussed. They bring a distinct set of benefits and communication challenges compared to more traditional contract styles – something Envision’s multi-stakeholder capability is geared to support.
The summit was a great forum for our team to engage with others in the industry, particularly because of the significant advantages we have seen in streamlining technology integration, working with technology providers to better help our clients optimise work efficiency and certainty.