Driving Digitisation in ASEAN Construction

By Procore

Construction companies across Southeast Asia have a growing appetite for digital construction solutions. To meet the construction boom across the region, they will need to shift from the point solutions and office software packages they have been reliant on, to an integrated platform solution that can deliver project visibility, efficiency and business intelligence.

Several national codes specify the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software on certain projects, fuelling a high BIM adoption rate across the region. Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) introduced Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) promoting the use of digital technologies and created the Productivity Solutions Grant to offset the cost of adopting pre-approved digital solutions. Collectively, these initiatives have encouraged construction firms to update their tech stacks and transition to true platform capabilities. 

Procore recently announced its expansion into ASEAN, establishing a direct team in Singapore and working closely with established partners like CS Global to help clients on that digital journey. Procore’s aim is to help the industry lift its technological maturity, with a platform approach that addresses specific regional needs. Organisations including Obayashi Corporation, Kajima, Sime Darby Property, JVACC and Makati Development Corporation have already signed on with Procore.
 

Building a digital foundation

For companies that are new to construction management software, the following modules should be adopted first to build a foundation for ongoing development, while showing the fastest ROI:

  1. Project management, including document control, correspondence, drawing and RFI management
  2. Analytics, for real-time reporting to track time, budget, and quality, and assess risk
  3. Quality & Safety, for managing onsite risks and defects 
  4. Project financials and cost management

Rolling out foundational technology that enables all internal and external project stakeholders to collaborate and access the data they need in one place will best serve organisations in the long run. It is also important that the solution is easy to use, to ensure all stakeholders can input consistent data and extract valuable project information.

 

Setting up for success

The largest construction firm in the Philippines, Makati Development Corporation (MDC) adopted Procore to enable better data gathering and decision making across hundreds of projects. After implementation, MDC saw that the project management platform not only increased efficiency on specific projects, it also enabled improved visibility and risk management across the company.

For companies like MDC that have already adopted construction software, there are several best practices to keep in mind:

  1. Define how you would like the solution to be used with standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  2. Sponsor it from the top, communicate objectives clearly, and ideally, tie the software use to a company goal
  3. Nominate someone to own and roll out the construction software
  4. Define clear metrics for success, and review these quarterly
     

Charting construction’s digital future

Digital transformation in construction has accelerated remarkably in recent years, with continuous innovation promising exciting new capabilities for companies and their users. Project management platforms will become extensible to other categories of the construction lifecycle. Pre-construction, handover, maintenance and asset management can all seamlessly interact with a single project data source, enabled by pre-built integrations. This means faster return on investment, less resource dependency on scoping, building and deploying technology connectors across the business, and reduced cost for maintenance and support.

In the near future, we will also begin to see automation at scale. Sophisticated analytics capabilities can be utilised across the construction lifecycle to review consistent inefficiencies and gaps, enable more predictive decisions, and deliver better business outcomes.

Finally, as many countries grapple with a construction skills and labour shortage, technology could automate, repurpose and prescribe resources. With intelligent technology managing the project, human error would be reduced and hiring possibilities would be opened up – relieving the skills burden on any individual or jobsite. Over the longer term, technology will not only digitise but revolutionise the way we build.

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