How Digital Transformation Affects the Bottom Line
Panelists at the Institution of Civil Engineers discuss how the industry can best capitalize on technology
The Institution of Civil Engineers has been promoting progress and solving problems among civil engineers since its founding 201 years ago in London. Today, there’s no issue more top of mind in the industry than digital technology adoption. Recently, Steve Englinton, principal tutor for BIM training at ICE and founder of several construction tech companies, hosted a webinar to discuss the business realities of technology adoption, titled “The Business Impact of Digital: How Does Transition Affect the Bottom Line?” Todd Wynne, VP of strategy at Bluebeam; Eleanor Bryan, director of EY energy and infrastructure practice at Highways England; and Ellie Wilson, head of digital transformation at Balfour Beatty Highways, were the panelists.
The conversation is worth watching in its entirety.
Here are some key takeaways:
- There has already been a massive transformation. The introduction of tablets and iPads on site has led to savings of thousands, even millions, of dollars per project.
- There need to be new roles supporting bringing digital into business. BIM can transform the way the industry works, if the industry lets it. There is a great need for things like data engineers and data analysts to make best use of all the invaluable information being captured daily.
- A need for sensitivity to the scale and pace of change. Digital transformation should make people’s lives easier. If the transition to paperless is made as easy as possible by creating a friendly and focused environment of change, then people will willingly come on board. Don’t try to do six things at once. Start small, but track toward a shining star.
- Write BIM usage into contracts. Nothing encourages peers to adopt technology like a legally binding document!
- Get the basics right. Start with improving the lives of the end users, the people actually building the projects. You can’t realize true business advantages of BIM unless the people who are on the ground are fully invested in the digital transformation.