New report reveals real extent of construction’s lack of efficiency

By Andy Brown03 February 2023

On average, only 46% of areas are utilised on a construction project during a given week, according to a new report from AI-based construction technology company, Buildots.

Using what the company says is, “previously unavailable datasets of highly accurate, real-time information” a study has been produced looking at ways construction can improve its efficiencies.

The data showed that for projects that span over 1,000,000 sq ft, average area utilisation is just 10%, whereas smaller projects generally utilise 50% or more.

The report also reveals that almost 11% of subcontractor visits end with work being left incomplete, commercial projects have 57% more subcontractor return visits than residential projects, subcontractor output fluctuates greatly from week to week, a significant cause of project delays, and that around 10% of activities at a given construction site are performed out of sequence.

“Construction companies today lack complete visibility regarding the productivity of their projects and the effectiveness of their management methods,” says Buildots CEO, Roy Danon.

“The information published in this report not only indicates the issues found across a wide-range of international construction projects, but also presents suggestions of how to address them. This holds tremendous potential to drive the industry forward into a new era of data-driven efficiency and progress.”

The report, The Numbers Behind Inefficient Construction Practices: A Data-Driven Report can be viewed here.

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