In Focus: Construction Tech Adoption Speeds Up
Friday, February 26, 2021
Faced with the urgent need to both enable remote work and safeguard job-site activity, U.S. construction firms significantly ramped up tech investments in 2020, condensing three years worth of adoption into a single year.
According to JLL’s State of Construction Tech report, mature technologies — including digital collaboration platforms, virtual scanning tools, and safety-focused wearables — were forecast to see strong growth in 2020, thanks to proven value and low barriers to adoption. But once the pandemic struck, these tools proved more than nice-to-have — they’ve become a veritable lifeline for companies of all sizes to keep projects alive through this public health crisis.
Indeed, the novel coronavirus pressed tech adoption onto most every industry, as office-based workers moved en masse to remote work environments. But for the construction sector in particular, time-tested tech tools have proven essential to keeping job sites open, while enabling social distancing.