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Expert: Technology not a threat to construction jobs

"We do not foresee machines taking over our jobs just yet," Faithful+Gould's regional director for digital and technology told ConstructionWeekOnline

Technology is not a threat to regional construction jobs just yet, an expert said [representational image].
Technology is not a threat to regional construction jobs just yet, an expert said [representational image].

Technology does not pose a threat to construction jobs just yet, an expert told ConstructionWeekOnline.

Nic Jacobs, regional director for digital and technology at Faithful+Gould, said tech tools are instead supplementing contemporary regional construction programmes. 

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He continued: "We do not foresee machines taking over our jobs just yet, but we do foresee added value as a result of the savings generated through better processes and procedures, more informed decision-making, [better] utilisation of staff, [reduced] waste, [lower]environmental impact, and so on.

"The secret is to find ways of measuring these improved performances and savings, which in turn will prove the return on the initial investment."

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In the contemporary construction sector, the advantage of standardisation that technology offers can lead to better quality output, Jacobs said. 

"The more the industry is able to standardise, the more efficient the entire construction delivery process will become," he explained.

"Don’t think of construction just as the design and delivery of a building, since there are numerous services or jobs that can be standardised and automated at various stages of the [project’s] life cycle."

READ: The GCC's construction technology sector is ready for more

Jacobs's views were published as part of a market analysis piece in Construction Week #663. Click here to read it.

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