Commercial civil engineering is the backbone behind building a society. However, today it is plagued by some serious issues leading to the delay and even cancellation of some projects. These issues are so critical that the future development of society will be hindered. Now, the question is, what are these issues, and how are they impacting the future of the commercial, civil engineering industry today?
Reddy Kancharla – The future of the commercial civil engineering industry
Reddy Kancharla is an esteemed name in the civil engineering and construction industry in the USA. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering and has over 25 years of credible experience in geotechnical consultation, construction QA/QC, and civil construction. He has deep knowledge about the diverse complexities engaged in the construction and design of commercial and residential buildings, roadway constructions, bridges, shallow and deep foundations, and earth retaining structures in the New York metropolitan area.
He says the following are the two major issues the commercial construction industry needs to arrest today-
- Worker safety and deaths
When it comes to the major issues that are impacting the commercial civil engineering industry in New York today, the most important one is the safety of construction workers on the site. In the past, the construction industry battled against worker deaths, and with the Pandemic still on, the issue has become even graver now.
When it comes to preventing these deaths, he says training the workers about health and safety hazards is the need of the hour. This will help them stay informed, and they can prevent the risks of these hazards with better information, accuracy, and awareness.
- The use of technology is sluggish
Though technology has grown exponentially in other sectors, the construction industry has been very sluggish when it comes to embracing digitization. Commercial construction companies under invest in modern and new technology despite being aware of the fact that this technology will boost development, performance, and results.
He adds there is emerging technology like augmented and virtual reality, drones, robots, and 3D printing. They are examples of new technology that is embraced by the industry daily. There is hope more projects are likely to be completed with the adoption of the above new technologies.
There are several problems in the construction industry in New York that can be resolved by embracing a specific type of technology. For instance, construction projects can make use of drones to boost security and keep workers and employees safe by monitoring the site from above and ensuring every process is performed accurately. He says software pertaining to project management helps with the planning and scheduling of the project, while VR and AR help with the visualization of the final product.
Reddy Kancharla says that during the Pandemic, there was a mass migration of laborers to other industries. These workers found jobs in other sectors to sustain them during project delays. Many of these workers have not returned to the construction industry despite lockdown and restrictions being lifted in the post-COVID-19 era. He says this is likely to be a big problem in the future for the commercial civil engineering industry if adequate measures are not taken to retain these laborers from migrating to other sectors for work.