INTRODUCTION

An interesting paradox exists between architecture/industrial design companies and their counterparts in the construction industry. The architecture and industrial design industries are both highly digitized. On the other hand, companies in the construction industry — where all the trenchwork occurs, both figuratively and literally — are lagging in the digital transformation of their organizations.

All of this was cited in a recent McKinsey Global Institute report which names construction as one of the least digitized industries:

“Industries that are both highly labor-intensive and localized, such as construction, tend to rank lower in usage [of digital capabilities], notably in the way they conduct customer transactions.”

The disconnect between the two complementary industries makes sense if you think about it. Designers and architects already work extensively with software programs in the normal course of business and so the jump to a company-wide digital transformation initiative is a natural progression. Meanwhile, their construction industry counterparts are found in the real world on job sites, building remarkable structures and managing projects, materials, and laborers.

With that backstory in mind, we created this whitepaper to address how construction companies are catching up to their computer-heavy design partners and using Intelligent Information Management (IIM) systems as one pathway to digital transformation. Specifically, we touch on the nine most powerful ways construction companies are using IIM to drive the digitization of their businesses.

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