Findings From the Fourth Annual Construction Tech Report: Software in Use
JBKnowledge, Inc. released the 2015 Construction Technology Report this past November. The #ConstructionTechReport compiles data and opinions from over 2,000 building professionals who completed the JBKnowledge research survey to illustrate current technology trends and strategies in the construction industry. From the survey results, it is apparent that both manual processes and software are used to handle sensitive data and records for construction professionals. The manual process of handing this important information is dangerous due to human error and security reasons. For these reasons, software integration is imperative for more efficient and secure operations.
Since 2014, the number of construction professionals who use a manual process when sending invitations to bid has increased. This increase could be accredited to increased adoption of online file storage websites such as Dropbox™. Some survey respondents stated that they use their personal cloud storage system to handle these operations, which is dangerous for a company’s security and confidentiality. A more streamlined and secure option for the invitation to bid process can be implemented through the use of software. Using software in the invitation to bid process allows for integration and ultimately a faster and safer process. SmartBidNet, a product of JBKnowledge, Inc., was the number one software used in this category by the building professionals surveyed.
The construction technology survey also found that 82.9% of companies still use either a manual process or spreadsheets to collect data on job sites. A small amount of companies are implementing a field data collection solution, and an even smaller amount are using BIM software. Plenty of applications are available for use in these categories, however the budget and knowledge in regards to this technology has not spread amongst the industry quite yet. Of those surveyed who did implement BIM Technology, Revit (Autodesk®), was the number one software in use followed by Navisworks (Autodesk®) and Sketchup (Trimble™).
The survey did find however, that construction professionals are implementing software in regards to estimating, as well as the project scheduling processes. Estimating software has the widest range of product offerings, but is still forecasted to make fundamental changes to the industry. Estimators who have fully adopted BIM have reported saving 65% of their time from counting and measuring plans through the implementation of software. Project scheduling software has far less product offerings than estimating. Microsoft® Projects and Primavera P6 take the lead in this segment with 95.6% of respondents are using either one or the other.
The 2015 Construction Technology Report provides a more in depth analysis of the software, or lack of software, in current use by the construction industry. Click here to download the full Construction Technology Report today, where you can learn more about the technology trends in Cloud Security, IT Departments, mobile technology and more that are in use by construction professionals.