Over the past few weeks I have reflected over the changes brought about by the lockdown and the manner in which I have been affected on a personal and professional level.
In my view, there are a number of positive attributes that can result:
1. The industry is moving towards a more tech-based space. This has already taken affect with the use of Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc. I have found this to have drastically reduced the inefficiencies associated with travelling to and from meetings as well as the time taken to settle down and place coffee orders. Additionally, discussions tend to be more succinct and that one can return to carrying out the work without much time being wasted in between therefore increasing productivity levels.
Furthermore, BIM Software has made major strides in developing integrated solutions for the professional team to share accurate, real time information to expedite the processes of stage 3 and 4 outcomes. From a quantity surveying perspective, this is ideal because updated drawings will automatically be uploaded into our respective programmes and the changes will easily be identified and remeasured for incorporation into the bills. It is a quicker and more accurate solution to benefit all project stakeholders.
2. Working remotely has highlighted that notwithstanding site visits, work can continue from any environment with a good internet connection and tech assistant on speed dial. Over the past two months, it has become apparent that more businesses can function remotely and will not need the traditional office spaces as once required. By moving to working in an outcomes-based environment, employees are able to adopt flexible working patterns whilst meeting deadlines and employers are able to cut down on overhead costs and boost overall staff moral by reducing traditional micromanagement techniques.
By reducing the m2 demanded for office space, there is opportunity to convert existing infrastructure into mixed-use facilities by offering co-working spaces and shared boardroom facilities to be used on an as and need basis. The remainder of the building can be converted into retail and living spaces by forming PPP’s to transform spaces to meet the inclusionary housing needs as mandated by current legislation.
There are several positive changes taking pace across the board and it is now more important than ever to continuously take part and listen in on conversations and remain open to change.