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'General contractors need
to shift from a
reactive mindset to a proactive one.'
Bridging the Gap Through Tech
The lack of skilled workers is also taking its
toll on profitability. According to a Construction Industry Training Board report, more
than half of employers struggling to fill vacancies are losing business or turning down
opportunities to bid. The worker shortage
is particularly challenging as the workload
continues to grow; with work piling up and
project margins thin, today's contractors
don't have the people, time or financial
resources to spare.
One of the solutions is to find ways to use
current resources more productively. Construction firms can't afford to waste valuable
time conducting manual headcounts and

visual safety checks; tracking down people, information, tools or
equipment; or coordinating various tasks among subcontractors and
trades. In addition, as owners and developers demand less downtime and more accountability, general contractors need to shift from
a reactive mindset to a proactive one, providing ongoing project
updates and access to historical information so they can better plan
future site needs.
The good news is that by embracing innovation and digitization,
companies can not only improve productivity and meet the talent
challenge, but can also better prepare for the future.

Chad
Hollingsworth
co-founded
Triax Technologies, a
leading provider of technology for construction
site connectivity, to bring
innovative solutions to
challenging environments. Through its

Doing More with Less
The right construction technology can centralize information and
communication, improve safety, and reduce the amount of time
spent on non-value-added tasks.
While project management software has helped create a single
stream of information, drones have helped survey and document
sites, and cost-coding apps have helped cut down on manual data
entry, none of these solutions work together seamlessly right now to
connect the jobsite.
Cutting-edge, IoT-enabled sensor technology has the potential
to automatically - and accurately - tell various project stakeholders where key resources (workers, equipment, materials, tools) are
located on a site and how they're interacting with each other. This
technology is the foundation of a digitally connected construction
site, providing automatic, actionable data that workers, contractors
and owners can leverage to build smarter.
Wearable devices, for example, convert worker activity into actionable insights that prevent bottlenecks and drive safety, and their
adoption is on the rise. Such solutions can identify the location of
workers on site, automatically track their hours and collect important safety information for improved risk management.
These sensor technologies, along with building information modeling (BIM), AR/VR, smart tools and telematics-equipped machinery,
will make up the ConstrucTech ecosystem that automates manual
processes and recruits and empowers key industry stakeholders.
As the gap between digital laggards and early adopters across
industries widens, and technologies continue to emerge at an
exponential rate, construction companies will be faced with a choice:
adopt digitization or risk falling further and further behind.
With the current spotlight on our nation's crumbling infrastructure and changing workforce, there is no time like the present for
construction firms to demonstrate how they can continually adapt,
adopt and redefine themselves to meet challenges.
The industry cannot afford to miss this opportunity to embrace
product and process advancements, improve efficiency and secure
its significance for the years ahead - and, at the same time, reap the
financial benefits that come along with all that.

flagship spot-r wearable
technology, Triax provides real-time visibility
into the worksite, resulting in faster response
to injuries, improved
safety performance and
increased productivity.
Hollingsworth can be
reached by email at
chad@triaxtec.com.

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TECHNOLOGY

One key way to combat this problem is to
create a culture of innovation. An organization's culture can be a talent magnet, and
the difference between long-term organizational - and industry - success or failure.
Hindered by organizational inertia - "We've
always done it this way so why change?"
- some construction companies have a
conservative, fear-of-failure mindset.
To recruit millennials, construction firms
should implement a mindset that challenges
the status quo and embraces innovation.
By encouraging employees to research and
champion emerging products and adopt
Internet of Things (IoT) technology, firms can
attract younger workers who equate a more
digital workplace with opportunities for
career development and advancement.


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