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Survey: Construction Workers Believe Tech Innovation Holds the Key to Improving Productivity Levels

Survey: Construction Workers Believe Tech Innovation Holds the Key to Improving Productivity Levels

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New research by HP‘New research’ refers to the findings in HP’s State of Construction Productivity report. Please see the end of the press release for further information about how the survey was conducted. Any research/statistics/data outside of the survey is referenced with its own footnote.* shows 59% feel the sector is no more productive than when they began their careers

News Highlights

  • Nearly two-thirds (62%) believe the industry is slow in solving productivity problems 
  • 71% think technological innovation will help improve shortcomings
  • Layout seen as particularly in need of innovation, with mistakes eating into margins
  • Availability of HP SitePrint layout solution announced across DACH region 

HP has unveiled the findings from its first ‘State of Construction Productivity’ survey, revealing a lack of progress in terms of improving construction’s sluggish productivity levels. While labor productivity in manufacturing, a similar sector, has grown an average 3.6 percent a year over the past two decades, construction has lagged with a mere 1 percent increase over the same period, according to McKinsey.According to global management consultant firm McKinsey: ‘Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution’,*
The HP survey - which canvased the opinions of construction workers and decision makers from the US, UK and Germany - found that 60% of respondents agreed techniques and processes have changed little in the last 20-30 years. 
“There is a clear acceptance within the industry that a problem exists, with less than 1% of workers believing the sector has no issue with productivity,” comments Xavi Juarez, Director, HP Construction Services. “For survey respondents to have seen little improvement in productivity across their careers is remarkable, considering the advances in technology during this time. A greater focus on harnessing tech and automating certain tasks is surely key to helping construction meaningfully improve productivity levels.”

Tech remains under utilized

Respondents agreed that technology has an integral role to play, with 71% seeing it as being able to solve the productivity puzzle. However, the data suggests that new innovations need greater prioritisation, perhaps explaining the industry’s lack of progress:

  • Only 3% - of CIOs said productivity-boosting technology had been introduced on-site at in the last 12 months
  • 75% - of all respondents have seen no such technology deployed on-site over the past year
  • Still, 57% - said that the pandemic had accelerated adoption of on-site and automation technology
  • 68% - said their employer was open to adopting new technology to improve.
Respondents believe raising productivity levels can help the industry overcome various key issues, including:
  • 64% - improve housing shortages
  • 67% - alleviate project delays
  • 66% - help attract the next generation of talent
  • 71% - reduce criticism of projects in the public eye 

Unproductive layout techniques a liability for firms

On average, impacted construction employees saw delays of over 15 days caused by layout (or setting-out) errors, with some (5%) enduring interruptions as long as three months. The cost of these reworks amount to 9.4% of the total project budget on average and a fraction under a fifth (19%) of the project’s profit margin.
Mistakes aren’t the only issue facing layout teams. Almost 9 in 10 (88%) of those surveyed have had challenges staffing layout tasks – a combination of both a lack of skills and a shortage of labor. Meanwhile, 70% are concerned about the potential for injury caused by manual layout techniques.
The results suggest that technology is seen as the answer, with 67% saying layout methods should have evolved further (as high as 74% in Germany), and 66% wanting layout tasks automated (rising to 78% amongst US respondents). 

SitePrint to boost DACH productivity

HP SitePrint, an autonomous robotic solution designed to bring layout into the modern era, prints complex construction site layouts with pinpoint accuracy - empowering construction pros with as much as ten times the productivity of manual techniques.Based on data from real customer usage where HP SitePrint was deployed – comparing HP SitePrint’s performance to manual layout techniques used for the very same job, or to the customer’s estimation of the manual layout time/resources needed based on their experience working on similar projects. HP’s data typically finds manual layout methods average between 25m2 and 35m2 covered per hour, with a crew of two people. SitePrint’s performance averages between 180m2 and 300m2, with one operator. Exact improvement results will vary from project to project and can be influenced by multiple factors, such as the line density or the dimensions of the site.*
Following its successful roll out in North America and the UK&I - including deployment on high profile projects such as Skanska’s re-development of Penn Station in New York – HP has announced SitePrint’s full availability in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH), beginning November 1st, 2023.
“We’re thrilled to be making our productivity-boosting HP SitePrint solution fully available to DACH customers,” said Daniel Martinez, General Manager, HP Large Format Printing. “As the results of HP’s State of Construction Productivity survey show, the sector is crying out for technological innovation. By digitizing what has long been a manual and time-consuming task, SitePrint makes it faster and easier for construction professionals to bring an idea to life on site, while reducing costs and side-stepping labor shortages.”

About the HP State of Construction Productivity Survey

HP commissioned an online survey, managed by Censuswide, among a sample of 903 respondents, aged 18+, across the UK, USA and Germany – consisting of CEOs, CIOs, site managers, contracts managers, construction foremen, superintendents, and leadmen, construction dryliners, surveyors and fixers, setting-out/layout engineers and surveyors, BIM managers, as well as field operation managers and field engineers. The data was collected between 11.09.2023 - 14.09.2023. Censuswide abides by and employs members of the Market Research Society and follows the MRS code of conduct which is based on the ESOMAR principles. 

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