As the co-founder of a Canadian-grown company, I was very proud to be part of the Canadian Construction Association’s 100th annual conference last week. Canada is full of construction talent and leadership, and it’s inspiring to be part of this community.
In fact, I was lucky enough to lead a session about the digitization of construction. It was a great opportunity to share my own ideas and learn how today’s construction companies are going digital.
Here are my top learnings:
1. It’s difficult to know where to start.
Construction has officially entered the digital age, and new innovations seem to be launching every day. But for many construction companies, things have become overwhelming. There’s a lot to learn in this new, digital world—and a lot of options. How do you know where to start?
More than ever, I’m inspired by construction’s need for simple, easy-to-implement tools. It’s exciting to hear about drones, smart tools, and artificial intelligence. But digitization starts with more basic technology. It might not be flashy, but just like those drones, it can help your bottom line.
2. Going digital doesn’t have to be complicated.
So, where do you start with digital tools? In my session, I outlined some of the easiest ways your company can go digital—like using Dropbox or Google Sheets, buying the right tablets for your site, or setting your site up with wifi.
These solutions don’t take much time to set up, or get everyone connected, but they could make a big difference in your company.
3. Tech can help with recruitment.
It’s no secret: construction is struggling to recruit young talent. We’re seeing fewer young people joining the industry, and the industry knows that technology can help with recruitment. Implementing technology isn’t just enticing to young people, it helps them achieve more in their jobs, and focus on the work at hand (not the menial work).
Inspired for the future
These learnings are inspiring for me, because construction technology is my passion. In 2012, I met my co-founder Mallorie, and we dedicated our careers to simplifying the construction process. We spent months speaking with Canadian construction pros about their daily challenges. As a result, we created Bridgit—construction management software that streamlines communication, quality control, punch lists, and more.
From the start, we knew that construction needed simple solutions they could implement right away. So our app is designed to be easy. Time and again, that’s the number one thing users say about Bridgit: it’s so easy to use.
Over the years, we’ve received amazing support and validation from the Canadian construction community. Today, our software has expanded, and thousands of projects have used the app, all across North America. As a thank you to the CCA and everyone who attended the 2018 conference, I’m excited to provide a special pricing offer on our software.
Lauren Lake is the COO and co-founder at Bridgit. She holds a degree in Civil Structural Engineering and is well-versed in construction workforce management and resource planning processes. Lauren has been named to the Forbes Manufacturing & Industry 30 Under 30 and Best Of Canada Forbes Under 30 Innovators lists. Lauren has presented at industry events and conferences, including BuiltWorlds, Canadian Construction Association, Procore Groundbreak, and more. Follow Lauren on LinkedIn and Instagram.
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