Digital construction boss appointed by ALEC to drive growth

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Digital construction boss appointed by ALEC to drive growth
Digital construction boss appointed by ALEC to drive growth

ALEC’s increasing focus on digital transformation in recent years is making our operations more productive, efficient, sustainable, and accurate, whilst reducing risk and resource wastage

ALEC has appointed Andy Boutle as its Head of Digital Construction in line with its on-going plans of digital transformation.

With an emphasis on increasing workflow communication and vertical efficiencies, the newly created role tasks Boutle with the digitisation of the entire value chain for projects undertaken by ALEC.

“While the pandemic has certainly been a catalyst of transformation, there is still a long road ahead for the digitalisation of the sector. The benefits ranging from improving quality and safety, to reducing costs and project timelines, and increasing profits are abundantly clear. But there remains trepidation in the region largely due to the steep learning curve and challenges around integration between systems, and deciding what investments will yield maximum positive impact”, said Kez Taylor, CEO, ALEC.

He added that ALEC has successfully leveraged the latest technologies on several projects and believe it is now time to double down on these digital investments. “In doing so, we will inevitability promote technology adoption among our customers and partners, leading to a digital-first mind-set across the industry that advances the sector towards greater efficiency, quality, and sustainability”, said Taylor.

According to a study by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), investing in technology and innovation are among the key factors in boosting the construction sector’s productivity by up to 60 per cent. It revealed that digital technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), augmented/virtual reality, robotics and cloud are heralding a new era of possibilities and efficiencies for the global construction sector. However, there remain several bottlenecks in the adoption of these technologies in the region.

“ALEC’s increasing focus on digital transformation in recent years is making our operations more productive, efficient, sustainable, and accurate, whilst reducing risk and resource wastage. This translates to an improved level of service and quality of product for our customers. In parallel, our partners are benefitting from the streamlining of collaborative processes made possibly by our expertly integrated systems”, said Boutle.

Boutle further highlighted that ALEC recognises that the challenges faced by the construction sector as a whole – skills and labour shortages, productivity issues, attitudes towards change, out dated procurement models and more have the potential to be addressed by industry-wide digital transformation. “However, they cannot be solved overnight or independently by a single organisation. ALEC is therefore committed to collaborating with key industry stakeholders to increase the overall maturity of the market and promote the drive towards interoperability and standardisation, both of which are critical to the transformation of the sector”, he said.

ALEC, with Boutle’s appointment, has already initiated the process of achieving the BSI Kitemark ISO 19650 certification for information management using BIM. To enhance business intelligence through analytics and reporting, the company is also currently deploying a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that will digitalise its processes.

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