Karl-Johan Rodert, Insurance Manager at Skanska provides insights into the opportunities and challenges the construction industry faces today, and what lies ahead for 2020.
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What were the opportunities and the challenges in the construction industries in 2019?
Current global trends, such as urbanisation and demographic change, are increasing the need for new and more sustainable construction solutions. This drives investments in infrastructure, health care, housing and education, which means opportunities for Skanska to create value as well as build a better society.
How is digitalisation changing the industry and ways of working in construction?
There’s much to be done. Construction is among the least digitised industries, due to traditionally conservative approaches and fragmented ways of working. But as the world goes increasingly digital, construction has begun to catch up. Now, delivering projects increasingly relies on smartphones and digital models that preview what will be built, sometimes through virtual reality.
Skanska is working intensively with further developing the digitalisation of work methods throughout all project phases, from procurement and design through construction and handover to the customer. Through digitalization, we want to make work more efficient, green, safe and inclusive – and even more fun.
What do you believe to be the key trends for construction in 2020?
Looking ahead, urbanisation will continually be taking place more or less in all our markets. In addition to this, the need for sustainable offices, homes and public facilities will increase and that is something we at Skanska are experts on delivering.