The Evolution of Construction Technology

Personal computers, tablet devices, and cloud computing. Sometimes it is easy to forget that the technology we rely on to efficiently complete daily tasks has only been around for the past 30 to 50 years. When technology became mainstream in several business sectors, the influence took longer for the construction industry. 

Let’s understand how technology has evolved and inquire if the past can help predict what to expect in the future.

One-Stop Shop

In the 80s and 90s, Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software was envisioned to alleviate problems associated with business processes. These systems wanted to combine the business’ functions by streamlining operations and grouping important data. Although this seems effective, it required businesses to rebuild their processes to fit within the software, there was not any way to tailor to the unique needs of a company. ERP systems were also very expensive, allowing only large construction companies to partake in the software. Smaller construction companies were left to convert data and processes into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. 

The Age of Connectivity

As more technological advancements were made, people became increasingly connected from software applications to cloud-based solutions. The format of the “one-shoe-fits-all” was no longer an issue like with ERP systems. Software within the construction industry has the capability to efficiently assist project management. At AO Contractors, we use ProCore software as it allows us to streamline every process from pre-construction to closeout. The intelligent software features a user-friendly smartphone app, allowing team members to stay connected as projects run their course. It can send the team project reminders that results in extensive accountability and productivity.

Gear Up For What’s Next

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems have become the new shift in construction technology. These systems can improve worker productivity by reducing time to move around the site and tracking the workers through smartphones to assess what solutions can be made to reduce unnecessary downtime.

At AO, we specialize in offering you a wide variety of contracting and construction management services that require the most efficient technologies so that you are maintaining a high-touch presence at each project phase. Contact the Alpha Omega Contractors team today!

With years of experience in commercial construction, Alpha Omega Contractors is your go-to construction company in Southern California. Our team helps bring your renovation wish list to life while helping you safeguard and future-proof the profitability of your business. Our team of general contractors, designers, and design-build experts will collaborate with you from the initial stages of pre-construction through to putting the finishing touches on your dream remodel project on time and within budget.

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