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4 Reasons Why Construction is stuck in the analog era

4 Reasons Why Construction is stuck in the analog era

Outside individual major projects, few Construction companies have fully digitized their operations. They aren’t alone. Companies in all industries report that digital transformations often fall short of expectations. In one McKinsey survey, just 16 percent of respondents said their organizations’ digital transformations had delivered sustainable performance improvements. Common challenges include... »

China’s role in African infrastructure and capital projects

China’s role in African infrastructure and capital projects

If you want to prosper first build roads If you want to prosper, first build roads, says a Chinese proverb. This certainly appears to hold true in Africa. The continent should build many roads, railways, ports, and power plants, as large infrastructure gaps remain an obstacle to growth, investment and economic diversification. The Achilles’ heel for Africa’s economic development Recent estimates b... »

Building Inspector Registration Category to  Protect the Public and Boost Sector Professionalism

Building Inspector Registration Category to Protect the Public and Boost Sector Professionalism

A registration category for building inspectors, aimed at protecting the public from substandard building practices as well as boosting the professionalism of the sector, will be launched by the The South African Council of Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPCMP) in October 2019.   The launch of the registration category follows months of industry-related research pertaini... »

Construction skills shortage in US ‘threat to the industry’

Construction skills shortage in US ‘threat to the industry’

A new report has revealed that 80% of US contractors are finding it difficult to hire qualified craft workers (general construction workers) that represent the majority of the construction workforce. The report of almost 2,000 survey respondents, released by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), revealed that 80% are having difficulty filling hourly craft positions, wit... »

GDP climbs 3.1% but Construction still in recession

GDP climbs 3.1% but Construction still in recession

The latest GPD figures from Statistics South Africa show that after shrinking sharply in the first quarter of 2019 the economy has rebounded to a  record positive growth of 3,1% in the second quarter (April−June)  but the construction industry remained firmly in recession, contracting for the fourth quarter in a row. Mining, finance, trade and government services were the main drivers of growth. M... »