CCI: Technology Adoption to Increase

Technology use is increasing among contractors, with 60% reporting using at least one technology from the Commercial Construction Index (CCI) list of eight. This is an increase of six percentage points from 2018. Eighty percent expect to use some of the technologies by 2022.

Automated equipment/robotics and 3D printing both see low levels of current use at 5% and 6%, respectively, with no dramatic change expected by 2022.

The CCI report also showed that general contractors (GCs) use advanced technologies more than specialty trade contractors such as contract glaziers. More than 75% of GCs currently use at least one of the technologies included in the survey, with drones, augmented and/or virtual reality and equipment tagging being used most. Contractors with 100 or more employees use these technologies more widely compared to smaller companies. However, wearables see equal use among larger and small companies (fewer than ten employees) and less use among midsize firms.

When it comes to the top technologies for improving job performance, contractors are split on which technologies best can improve productivity, schedule and safety.

Top Technologies for Improving Productivity
• Equipment tagging (27%);
• Wearable technology (25%); and
• RFID tagging (24%).

Top Technologies for Improving Schedule
• Equipment tagging (30%);
• RFID tagging (30%); and
• Reality capture (20%).

Top Technologies for Improving Safety
• Wearable technology (60%);
• Automated equipment or robotics (22%); and
• Drones (18%).

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