Architecture Engineering & ConstructionFebruary 4, 2022

How digital disruption is solving the productivity slump in construction

Bouygues Construction has partnered with Dassault Systemes to adapt digital disruption and change the construction industry.
Avatar Rebecca Lambert

Construction may be one of the largest industries in the world, but reports show that it’s also one of the least productive. Global consultant points to meager productivity growth of just 1% annually over the last two decades, citing time and cost overruns in construction projects as the norm.

Digital disruption promises to solve the challenge. Further research from McKinsey indicates that embracing the latest technologies and working practices can result in productivity gains of 14-15% and cost reductions of 4-6% when implemented effectively.

So far, few construction companies have unlocked the full benefits of going digital. But an increasing number are making a concerted effort to drive fundamental change.

French company Bouygues Construction is one of them. It has recently completed a major renovation on a dual-purpose art and sports facility and used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to manage the entire project. By bringing all data and information together in one place, the company has been able to break down communication barriers and give everyone the insights they need to work more productively.

The project was a testbed for Bouygues Construction’s wider digital transformation strategy, part of a broader vision to modernize the construction industry.

“We are working on digital technology to move towards a more environmental approach and improve issues related to productivity,” said Frédéric Gal, business transformation program director at Bouygues Construction. “Our partnership [with Dassault Systèmes] is about achieving better designs, automating studies with generative design, and having the right data fed back during execution to anticipate the slightest issues and delays.”

As the company looks to the future, it’s excited about how digitalization and developments around virtual twin experiences will redefine the future of its own company and the industry in which it operates.

“Digitalization offers a tremendous opportunity to respond to the challenges of the construction sector, such as the monitoring and control of risks, quality and deadlines,” said Marie-Luce Godinot, deputy CEO of Bouygues Construction.

Watch the customer videos and read the full story here to learn more about how Bouygues Construction is driving its digital transformation.

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