One positive impact of the COVID crisis has been the accelerated adoption of digital communications and technologies. This has not only enabled remote working but has afforded projects access to a wider talent pool, with a potentially global reach for certain skills. Digital models, drones, robotics, virtual / augmented reality, and other advanced systems have also found new advocates and applications in a traditionally conservative industry.
However, most of the benefits from technology have been seen in management, planning and design, modelling and professional services.
Other parts of the construction process have slowed the pace of project delivery due to bottlenecks in logistics, stock, sequencing, and on-site labour. Also, the use of BIM is often not sufficiently comprehensive, understood or supported to realise its full potential. The lagging productivity of the construction and engineering industry is largely due to sluggish adoption of technology and resistance to change.