The purpose of the report is to determine how 'digital ready' the construction industry is to meet the opportunities of the digital future. Most class 2 builders and about half of class 2 designers are at only the 'basic' stage of digitalisation. While many want to improve their digital readiness, the biggest barrier is cost.
- Most class 2 builders (57%) and designers (48%) are in a basic stage of digitalisation.
- It will take about ten years for the industry to reach ‘digital maturity’. This is where the use of Building Information Models (BIM) and Digital Twins is standard.
- Top drivers of digitalisation:
- achieving greater accuracy and trustworthiness (70%)
- improving quality and standards (66%)
- delivering on time, budget, and quality (61%).
- Top barriers to digitalisation:
- the cost of software and licenses (67%)
- the cost of hardware (57%)
- inadequate design fees (55%).
- 80% of the industry is a small business (less than 20 employees).
About the report:
Designers and constructors involved in class 2 multi-story residential buildings were surveyed and interviewed as part of the research to determine:
- the current level of digital maturity of designers and constructors in NSW
- the motivators and barriers to digital adoption
- existing and future skills gaps
- opportunities to raise industry capability.
The report is a partnership between the Office of the NSW Building Commissioner and Western Sydney University’s Centre for Smart Modern Construction.
This research is completely independent.