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How digital engineering is transforming construction industry

October 04, 2019 / Beow Kwan Chew

Digital technologies have transformed entire industries in the last decade, impacting lives on both personal and professional fronts. Companies have had to reinvent themselves to evolve with the times, enhancing productivity, sustainability and adaptability, all in order to stay relevant to their target audience. Interestingly, however, firms within the engineering and construction industry have for the most part bucked this trend and retained a majority of the trade’s traditional methods. According to the World Economic Forum1, the E&C industry continues to operate today as it has for the past 50 years, heavily relying on manual labor, mechanical technologies and legacy business models. The lack of productivity growth remains prevalent throughout the industry, leading to delays in the completion of projects and material wastages, which affect project bottom lines significantly.