Aurecon study calls for digital ‘adaptations’ for the sector

‘The Digital Horizon’ survey showed need to change business models and upskill construction workers

Aurecon's survey showed the need for change for business models and to train workers on the digital movement
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Aurecon's survey showed the need for change for business models and to train workers on the digital movement

More than 100 business leaders have revealed in Aurecon’s latest survey the necessity to change business models and train workers to align with the “digital disruption” of the construction sector.

Aurecon’s second wave of its Digital Futures research - The Digital Horizon – showed more than one in two respondents feel their organisation is, at best, only somewhat capable of thriving in a changing digital landscape.

Other results from the survey confirmed that 75% of respondents named ‘upskilling staff’ as a focus area for their organisation to thrive over next two to five years.

Aurecon chief digital officer Dr Andrew Maher said the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector had not yet experienced as much digital disruption as other sectors, partly due to the physical nature of the sector’s products.

“Great disruption is knocking as new technologies are now connecting the physical infrastructure and digital worlds at a pace and scale never witnessed before,” said Maher.

“Many industries which the architecture, engineering and construction sector services will transform beyond recognition and, without the ability to anticipate these changes, organisations may miss their chance to effectively adapt.”

He added: “Our survey data demonstrated a need for leaders to stay up to date on emerging trends and understand what technology is in development, when it will reach maturity, how it will impact their industry and how they can respond commercially. This is critical for businesses to stay agile and turn disruption into opportunity.”

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