In one of his recent blogs, Seth Godin, author of Poke the Box, mentions that most of the organizations and institutions we know today such as education, our work places, and the medical profession are all “pre-digital”. He says “pre-digital” means that the real impact of the digital age has not changed those institutions to date. Pre-digital usually means too many folks doing too much work that is unnecessary or that can be done much faster in a digital context. People working in pre-digital industries don’t have access to information in a readily available form, which usually means that they are “reinventing the wheel” every time they make you fill out the forms for your physical or for your taxes.
Construction is largely a “pre-digital” industry, and I don’t mean that in a complimentary way. Sure, structural engineering is computerized and digitized by necessity. So are mechanical, electrical and plumbing designs. Architects have been using CAD since the late 1970s, and today many owners have required that all drawings for their projects be digitized. LEED has driven change. Even BIM is making inroads, but the possibilities for new techniques and Read more » about Construction is Largely a Pre-Digital Industry