Innovation in a time of crisis: How construction is responding to COVID-19

Construction Executive, 5/6/2020


A recent survey published by EY found that only 28% of construction and engineering companies have a successful digital strategy. This does not come as a surprise as the construction industry has historically been slow to adopt new technologies. COVID-19 has changed that. 

The carpet has been pulled out from under many as the standard mode of operations is no longer feasible. It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention and as COVID-19 continues to disrupt construction, companies have continued to prove their resiliency through onsite and offsite innovation and quick adaptation to change.

Innovations Onsite

Amid the health crisis, construction leads have been forced to think differently about the way projects are run to keep people safe and healthy. In response to the social distancing mandates, construction safety software provider Newmetrix (formerly released a new feature to its AI application Vinnie. The app is used to monitor site risk in terms of safety, productivity and quality, and now Vinnie will also monitor social distancing practices. CEO Josh Kanner says that this new feature is using real-time updates to indicate if workers are too close in proximity to one another as a way of preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

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Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19

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