Experts see mix of soft skills and new tech as future for industry

Experts see mix of soft skills and new tech as future for industry

A panel of industry experts sees the future of construction as a mix of new technology and new values.A discussion panel titled Let’s Talk About Technology, held at Vancouver’s Terminal City Club and presented by construction software firm Procore Technologies gathered together several different firms who have moved to adopt technological innovation to, as panel moderator and Brantwood Consulting managing partner Helen Goodland said, “the last pre-industrial sector.”

Vancouver-based ETRO Construction principal Mike Maierle said the industry has come some way in the last five years.

“We have BIM, cross laminated timber and Passive House to a far greater extent than before. Five years ago, I never thought I’d be hiring an innovation manager,” he said.

“But we’re still a very unsophisticated business, dealing with subtrades that have two people working off a spreadsheet in an office.”

Procore Technologies CEO Tooey Courtemanche said “the human element is what’s pulling the industry forward” and added people much younger than himself are the ones bringing technology into the construction industry.

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