Machine control helps us build more efficiently and more sustainably, and is crucial for bridging the skills gap.
But adoption remains low.
To find out, Topcon commissioned a report that asked 1,000 decision makers in construction companies across Europe how they’re currently using machine control, what’s stopping it being used more, and what they think it’ll take for the sector to embrace it in the future.
It’s no secret that the construction sector is a traditional one. A slow-moving industry that’s resistant to change, it has lagged behind its peers in manufacturing when it comes to technology adoption. And while construction has never had a large margin for error, it is quickly running out of whatever wriggle room it had.
The global population is growing rapidly – with it projected to tip the 10 billion mark by 2100 – and, as a result, infrastructure demands are higher than ever. Contractors are under enormous pressure to deliver projects on time and on budget, with both of these elements ever shrinking, and competition is rife. Throw into the mix the growing need to work more sustainably, a shortage of skilled personnel and the rising cost of fuel and materials, and the construction sector finds itself in an unenviable position.
We’re reaching a breaking point, and it’s clear that radical change is needed if we’re to futureproof the sector….