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Technology to the rescue in construction hiring deficit

In the UK, BIM technology is an industry standard. January 2016 Blog PictureWhile the US has yet to make it mandatory, a new study suggests that the technology could solve more than one problem. The construction industry’s hiring deficit and resulting labor shortage has been a hot topic for the past several years. The root of the problem has been linked to various factors, including an immigrant downturn and lack of training courses. The National Association of Home Builders’ CEO Jerry Howard called it an epidemic, citing that workers who left the industry after the housing bust still haven’t returned, even those who took on positions in the now-lagging oil business.

According to the chief economist of Associated General Contractors, commercial builders are using technology to bridge the gap and boost efficiency. Construction Dive magazine says that Building Information Modeling offers more than just reduced efficiencies; it’s also enticing to younger workers. BIM incorporates gaming technology which gives a new generation a shot at the satisfaction of “real world” building. Plus, these workers are less hesitant to dive into new software, increasing the likelihood of BIM’s permanent application, and finally contributing to the builder’s overall efficiency.

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