How digital ready is the construction industry?

Last updated: 23 August 2021

The Digitalisation of Construction report examines the digital capability of NSW's construction industry. 

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Key information

  • 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.

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Key findings

  • 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.

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