Digitalization In Concrete Construction Doesn't Steal Jobs, It Transforms Them

When talking about digitalization, there’s always the fear that it will change things for the worse. With all the great potential that comes with automation and streamlining, the increasing talk about BIM and other tech innovations leaves some people wondering whether they will still have a job at the end of the day.

The reality, of course, is not black and white. While it’s true that some of the work as we know it will radically change, it doesn’t mean that computers will take over the job market. On the contrary, digitalization is powered by human interaction and social collaboration.

Digital tools improve collaboration

Many people think that technology is the only driver in digitalization. There are sociological factors too, like the basic need for working together and sharing information. The cornerstone of collaboration is access to data, and digital innovations are making that easier than before.

The cornerstone of collaboration is access to data, and digital innovations are making that easier than before.

In the future, data is owned by authors. Anyone can be an author and put information out there for others to use. People are digitally involved with each other, creating a collaborative space to plan together. They cooperate much more seamlessly than before because the software allows them to work together without the restrictions of time and place.

Jobs will change their form, but that’s nothing new

Of course, the introduction of digital tools means that some aspects of daily work will change. New systems need to be learned, and processes will be reformed with the integration of software. The learning process may seem arduous or scary, but it’s crucial in order to make work more effective, take part in sharing information, and stay on board with the inevitable digital development.

Working life is always in flux, and requires adopting new tools and practices. Digitalization is simply one chapter in the long history of employment. Instead of viewing it as a change, it can be seen as a developmental tool for improving human interaction and sharing knowledge.

Positive results will accelerate the change

Combining access to information with collaboration–that’s the driver that will change the industry and start the business transformation. Together they increase productivity, which in turn creates a competitive edge. These stakeholders will win projects, and others are bound to follow if they want to keep up.

Some people wonder whether we should take the risk and make things potentially worse by changing them. They can keep wondering. There are trailblazers ready to make the move, and they will reap the benefits. As they push forward, the market will gradually begin to change.

There are trailblazers ready to make the move, and they will reap the benefits. As they push forward, the market will gradually begin to change.

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About the Author

Jukka Suomi

Jukka is a Product Manager responsible for the development of digital concepts, services, and tools for managing construction workflows. He has not only a decades-long history in developing Tekla Structures capabilities but also an active role in pushing BIM adoption forward in the industry in collaboration with Finnish and global research and industry stakeholders.

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