Digital Disruption in the Construction Industry

Unlocking BIM capabilities for subcontractors

The construction industry has yet to fully embrace BIM’s potential, even though the concept has been around since the 1970s. - PlanGrid

Case in point:
Window manufacturers

In the digital era the construction industry is still one of the fastest growing industries but a bit surprisingly it has been one of the last industries to get hit (or boosted) by digital disruption. Now, the race for digital for construction companies has started to tighten and at the moment 70% of construction companies believe that those companies who do not adopt digital tools will go out of business.

Offering Management, among other technologies, is now creating opportunities for construction companies. To begin with, buildings are massive and complex projects that are not considered ‘ready’ when the construction project is finished but rather set in to a maintenance phase.Ideally, buildings can be seen as ecosystems that a network of subcontractors maintain and develop with full automation according to the property owner’s development strategy.

Higher profits with smart quoting

From an Offering Management perspective this unlocks massive commercial opportunities for Offering Management enabled companies that manufacture products or services for the construction industry.

As an example, let’s look at the relationship between a construction company and a window manufacturer. In the phase where the constructor starts requesing for quotes from window manufacturers based on the specifications defined in BIM. As windows are highly customizable products, let’s assume there are two window manufacturers. Window manufacturer A pull in the specifications directly from the construction company’s BIM to their own quoting tool and production configurator while window manufacturer B crafts theire quote manually.

In this case window manufacturer A is able to generate their quote automatically within the same day with fully customized quote for the product, delivery and related lifecycle services. All this with zero human error in both quoting and production.

While manufacturer B is still waiting to allocate sales support from production, manufacturer A has already delivered their quote using less resources in the sales process as well as improving their opportunity of winning the deal with higher profit.

Technically speaking

If the construction company cannot provide API access to their BIM, they can use subcontractors’ own configuration tools to design or reconfigure the needed products and in response, get a quote for the full delivery. This way the desired products will be delivered to the desired construction area, in desired time. Additionally, the subcontractor can increase their efficiency, profits and service quality by including an automated bidding system for window installation partners as part of their automated quoting process.

The order-to-delivery process can be done with Offering Management tools that talk to each other in every step, from design to delivery to service. The bottom line is that Offering Management tools and methods lower the costs and waste in every part of the process, from design to manufacturing and finally to distribution and lifecycle services - a lucrative offer for construction companies with high ambition in delivery schedules and environmental strategy.

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