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Is the construction industry behind: Middle Eastern technology

As a tradesman, you’ve likely heard about the rapid technological advancements taking place in the Middle East’s construction industry. From drones to AI and virtual reality, the region is embracing digital transformation at an unprecedented pace. But is the rest of the world falling behind? 

We explore how the Middle East is leveraging technology to drive innovation and efficiency in construction, and what lessons we can learn from their approach.

The need for digital adoption

Historically, the construction industry has been slow to embrace digital change. However, the Middle East’s pressing need for infrastructure, coupled with a shortage of skilled labour and increasing demands for transparency and integration, has catalysed a significant shift towards digital adoption.

Government mandates and digital transformation initiatives across the region are requiring widespread use of digital tools to ensure construction projects are delivered on time and within budget. The potential for improved performance through technology is becoming increasingly clear, and the Middle East is seizing the opportunity with both hands.

The rise of drones

One of the most exciting developments in Middle East construction technology is the use of drones. These aerial marvels offer a unique perspective that aids in planning, progress tracking, and surveying, providing real-time updates that help contractors and stakeholders manage multiple sites efficiently.

Site engineers often find planning and progress reporting monotonous and time-consuming, but drones can streamline these processes, enhancing safety and data collection along the way. However, it’s important to acknowledge and address any regulatory obstacles and privacy concerns that may arise, particularly in populated areas.

While drone technology is improving in terms of capability, affordability, and adoption in the Middle East, there are still challenges to overcome, such as cost, flight regulations, skilled operators, and flight times. As these hurdles are addressed, the incorporation of AI in data analysis is set to revolutionise the construction sector worldwide.

Applying digital in architecture

The digital revolution is also highlighting the need for construction professionals, such as architects, to continuously upskill and reskill for the future. Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming increasingly common in the planning and design stages of projects, allowing architects to gain a 3D perspective of their work and push boundaries while reducing risk, cost, and improving safety, quality, and accuracy.

By embracing new technology, architects in the Middle East are taking risks, pushing limits, and achieving greatness in both their projects and personal development. This forward-thinking approach is setting a new standard for the industry globally.

Modernising engineering with digital

The rise of mega projects in the Middle East is paving the way for exciting career opportunities for graduate and professional engineers from around the world. These extensive and forward-thinking schemes, such as NEOM in north-western Saudi Arabia – the first ‘cognitive city’ where world-class technology is fuelled by data and intelligence – are being built on an unprecedented scale.

The wide-ranging pipeline of work is generating opportunities for engineers to be creative, explore new technologies, and drive innovation, making the Middle East an ideal place to develop a career in engineering.

Building a sustainable future

Digital technologies can be used in construction to increase efficiencies from the design phase to build out. Building Information Modeling (BIM), for example, automates design tasks and ensures data accuracy while establishing intelligent infrastructure modelling. 

When used in conjunction with advanced technologies like aerial drones and augmented reality, BIM enables architects and engineers to explore previously inconceivable solutions to design problems.

Sustainability is a key driver in projects like NEOM, which is envisioned to be a Net Zero, smart city by 2030. 

Tradesman Talk

As tradesmen, it’s crucial that we stay informed about the latest technological advancements in our industry, even if they’re happening on the other side of the world. The Middle East’s rapid adoption of digital tools and innovative solutions is setting a new benchmark for construction globally, and we must be prepared to adapt and evolve to remain competitive.

At Tradesman Saver, we’re committed to supporting you on this journey. Our comprehensive insurance is designed to give you the peace of mind you need to focus on what you do best – delivering top-quality work while exploring new technologies and approaches.

We want to hear from you! How are you incorporating digital tools and technologies into your projects? What challenges have you faced, and how have you overcome them? Share your experiences and insights in the comments below. Until next time, make sure it’s Tradesman Saver for all your insurance needs!

Dean Laming

Dean Laming is a Chartered Insurance Broker with more than 25 years insurance experience. Through various underwriting, operational and management roles, Dean has built up extensive knowledge of how to run a business and is now Managing Director of Tradesman Saver, part of the wider Henry Seymour Group.

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