From Tools to Tech: Insights in Construction Innovation

From cutting-edge technology, to cybersecurity issues, handling the intricacies of modern building projects needs skill and ingenuity. That is why we met with Karl Sorensen, a seasoned expert from HITT Contracting Inc., to discuss the current trends affecting the future of construction.

Meet Karl Sorensen, a Construction Technology Trailblazer

Karl's path into construction technology began more than a decade ago, with a foundation in building and a passion for technology. Karl's ideas offer a unique combination of practical expertise and forward thinking, whether managing projects in the field or directing digital transformation initiatives.

Key insights on construction technology trend

Identifying Challenges

Some of the most frequent challenges encountered by construction professionals are bandwidth restrictions, financial constraints, and the ever-present difficulty of change management. These challenges highlight the need for strategic solutions that address real-world pain issues. Look at what the challenges are that most affect your team or organization and ask how has that changed in the past 24 months?  How it will change 2 years from now?

Prioritizing cybersecurity

In the age of digital dangers, cybersecurity has emerged as a primary responsibility for construction companies. Assessing technological decisions for compliance and security is essential at every step to ensure that data is secured in an increasingly connected environment. 

Project Management and Variable Control

A good Project Manager (PM) is not only able to manage and respond to variables but also anticipates and proactively plans for them. This approach helps to circumvent or offset potential issues in the future. The essence of effective project management lies in variable control, which involves identifying, predicting, and mitigating risks that may arise during the course of a project.

Measuring success

Success in building technology is assessed by concrete outputs, not just technical implementations. Create KPIs and measure their influence on enhancing the quality of life for site personnel—a statistic that goes beyond numbers to indicate real-world benefits.

Addressing connectivity issues

4G/Wifi connectivity difficulties on the job site still occur, especially in remote projects. Unreliable networks interrupt operations and reduce productivity. Navigate connection problems on a case-by-case basis, and where possible use backup solutions so that work can continue smoothly.

Technology as a Tool for Management:

Technology can be deployed to assist PMs in managing and mitigating variables and risk exposures on the job site. For instance, communication tools can address issues with site-wide messaging, while procurement and production management tools can streamline operations. PMs must choose technology that aligns with their management style and the specific challenges they face.

Practical Technology over Shiny Objects

The industry often gravitates towards 'shiny objects' rather than 'sharp tools' when it comes to technology. It's important to use the right tool for the job rather than adopting technology for its own sake. Practical, fundamental technologies—like daily reporting software that captures the right job site data—can be more beneficial than chasing after the latest innovations.

Measuring Material Procurement

One of the significant pain points in construction management is material procurement. PMs seek technologies that ensure materials are released and delivered on time, reducing the need for constant communication with manufacturers, vendors, and subcontractors. While these technologies may not be glamorous, they are fundamental to improving efficiency on the job site.

Data-Driven Tools for Workflow Optimization

Tools that leverage existing data to offset workflow constraints can be highly effective. For example, closeout software that has been piloted and deployed can streamline the final stages of a project. These tools use collected data to optimize processes and are a source of satisfaction for those who implement them.

Embracing Innovation as a Path Forward

The road to embrace construction technology is about more than just getting the latest gadgets—it's about solving real problems and empowering field teams. Construction organizations should build a path to long-term development and innovation by focusing on the issues at hand and connecting technological solutions with organizational goals.

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The insights gained from our chat with Karl Sorensen provide an informed peek into the power of building technology and processes for adoption. Construction enterprises can lead the path for a better, more efficient future in the built environment by utilizing innovation, understanding the problems that need addressing, and measuring success.

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