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A Look at Infrastructure and Construction Post-Pandemic

A Look at Infrastructure and Construction Post-Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic is still technically not over. But things are getting better every day. Some restrictions are being lifted and industries are slowly getting back to normal with some adjustments, of course. The construction industry took one of the biggest hits from this pandemic.

According to the latest International Construction and Infrastructure Surveys, professionals in this industry reported significant reduction in workload on the first quarter of 2020.

Depending on the region hit by the pandemic, global infrastructure took a halt due to lockdowns and other restrictions that affected the construction industry in more ways than we can imagine. You can view the impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry market by type and region globally. But as resilient as it is, the industry is now trying to bounce back from the losses of the past year.

With post-pandemic activities under way for most regions, here’s how the infrastructure and construction industry can get back on track with some precautions in place:

• Conducting site visits

The primary goal for preventing the spread of COVID-19 is reducing exposure and maintaining proper physical distancing. With this in mind, physical site visits may still be prohibited, which proves to be a challenge for surveyors, designers, contractors and clients.

But issues like this can be addressed with the help of an Edinburgh 3D laser scanning company that can conduct a survey of the site, render it into 3D BIM models and allow members of the construction team to collaborate on the project through online meetings while still having an accurate representation of the site.

• Maintaining social distancing

The two-meter social distancing rule is one of the biggest challenges for people working in construction projects, as most of them have to be in close proximity with each other, especially in tight spaces. A smart solution here is to eliminate as much activities that don’t promote the proper social distancing measures.

For instance, instead of conducting manual surveys, companies can obtain a measured building survey that’s accurate, fast and safe.

Work schedules can also be adjusted reduce the time and frequency of people in close contact with each other. Workers should be discouraged from face-to-face interactions whenever possible and proper precautionary measures should be in place if these interactions can’t be avoided.

• Finding suppliers

The pandemic has caused a lot of suppliers and subcontractors to downsize or close their business altogether because they simply cannot cope with the losses. This is expected to continue post-pandemic where infrastructure and construction firms may experience delays because of the lack of a strong supply chain.

But this can be addressed with proper planning and the use of a more advanced equipment that allow for lesser use of materials and tools without sacrificing the quality of a project. Planning tools are also proving to be very beneficial because they can help contractors source out materials when they need them.

• Rising construction costs

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges post-pandemic for the construction industry is the need to have bigger construction sites to maintain proper social distancing and still give people enough space to work in.

It means additional costs for construction firms, not to mention the longer timeline of completing projects because of a limited workforce that can easily add to construction expenses.

To solve this problem, it’s very important for construction companies to take advantage of technologies such as 3D laser scanning to reduce construction costs while still ensuring that projects are done as efficiently as possible.

The theme of the infrastructure and construction landscape post-pandemic would definitely be resilience. Although COVID-19 has affected global infrastructure in more ways than we can imagine, it will all boil down to how industries tackle this situation and find ways to still thrive in it. This pandemic has also highlighted the different weak spots in infrastructure and construction systems and it will hopefully allow professionals to turn these vulnerabilities into strengths in the long run.

But now that things are slowly getting back to normal, the infrastructure and construction industry should be able to resume operations while practicing all necessary precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus in construction sites. Practicing an attitude of resilience is definitely one of the best ways to move forward with this challenge.

Ensure you receive fast and cost-effective solutions when working on your construction projects. 3D laser scanning and measured building survey companies will offer you accurate, hassle-free services which will speed up any project. Contact us today to book your measured building survey.

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    Author: Sonia