Personally, I would be satisfied in the first step if we were to use available developments in deconstruction, drilling and grinding work, but also in the processes of construction acceptance and documentation, and establish them as an industry standard. This would defuse hazardous areas, reduce the time spent by our employees and create a more work-friendly environment. Another factor to increase the attractiveness of the industry.
Q: What do companies in the industry already need to consider in order to remain successful in the coming years?
CH: An essential factor is the definite will to want to develop further. The industry does not “only” need good construction technicians, but also a mixture of mechanical engineering, data technology and IT. Whether in-house or with the right development partners. In the end, it’s always about building, of course, but also increasingly about data, processes, machine controls and standards for data exchange.
In construction management, we now have to worry too much about documenting what IS planned, what IS built, what IS delivered, why something didn’t go according to plan, etc. With certain data structures, the necessary integrations by means of IT architecture and the willingness to approach processes a little differently than in the last 100 years, you will be well-equipped. I was trained from the beginning of my education throughout my professional career on how to deal with deviations. Undeniably, this is an important quality to successfully complete a construction project. However, we still take far too little time to reflect on why the deviation occurred and whether the plan should not have been different. In the future, these evaluations will be supported by systems and give us the time to clarify causes and draw appropriate lessons for the next construction site. As a result, we will no longer feel like the “fireman who put out the fire” but like the “civil engineer who successfully implemented the plan”.
If our people can focus on building again, they will come to stay. There is nothing better than being able to proudly say to your family, “I was there during the construction”. We do great things for society every day, we are a vast lever when it comes to sustainability, and mobility is not possible without infrastructure.