UK Property Forums partner RLB has helped create a digital landscape guide for SMEs in construction.
The guide is a bid to support those in the construction industry who are seeking to increase the amount of their operation which is digitised.
RLB points to a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Digitalisation in Construction report in 2023, which reported that more than half those working in the construction industry are failing to adopt digital practices.
Many, it says, lack resource, time and training to digitalise their processes and systems.
Now RLB Digital, in conjunction with the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University has taken part in a scheme to produce the guide, which is funded by the Innovation Driven Procurement Project.
Designed to be a starting point to help businesses feel more confident about running their businesses digitally, the guide supports SME owners in their understanding of what digital tools are available, how to choose the right ones and how to embed them in their business.
RLB says digital adoption can help with the administrative burden, win work, complete jobs faster and to a better quality and maintain or increase income.
Anne Bowerman, business analyst for RLB Digital, said: “We currently have a very tiered approach to the adoption of digital within the built environment. We hope this guide can support those who might want to begin their digital journey but need that additional support to get them started.”
Dr Emmanuel Manu, from the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The RLB team has been instrumental in supporting us and the Innovation Driven Procurement Project to make this guide become a reality. This interactive guide can support education and adoption of digital technology within the sector at every level.”
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