Report6 February 2019Updated 4 months ago

Construction goes digital

Construction companies are going digital, helping to boost productivity in the sector after years of stagnation. At the same time, however, investment in machinery remains subdued. Could robotics and 3D printing offer a solution?

Executive summary

The construction sector is not known for being extremely innovative: bricklaying is often performed in the same way it was hundreds of years ago.

But in recent years, construction companies have been catching up in terms of digitalisation. This is important in a sector where every project often has to be designed from scratch.

At the same time though, industrialisation has been slow to take off, with many firms reluctant to invest in machinery.

In this report, we look at the impact new technology is having on the European construction sector as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by robotics and 3D printing.