By Paul Wal­lett, re­gional di­rec­tor, Trim­ble So­lu­tions Mid­dle East & In­dia

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Tech­nol­ogy has been at the fore­front of ev­ery busi­ness dur­ing the COVID-19 cri­sis. Ev­ery busi­ness is made to rethink the way they work. Tech­nol­ogy is play­ing a cru­cial role in keep­ing our so­ci­ety func­tional. Com­pa­nies adopt­ing new tech­nolo­gies are be­lieved to have a long-last­ing im­pact on their busi­ness be­yond the pan­demic. The dig­i­tal de­ploy­ment for re­mote work has be­come a new nor­mal even be­fore the econ­omy started opening up post-lock­down and even be­fore govern­ments started to im­ple­ment stricter safety guide­lines for busi­ness to go back to nor­mal.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Mck­in­sey Dig­i­tal Re­port, the on­set of COVID-19 has vaulted the adop­tion of con­sumer & busi­ness tech­nol­ogy 5 years in ad­vance in the span of 8 weeks . There is a sig­nif­i­cant shift in the adop­tion of tech­nol­ogy such as Ge­net­ics, 3D print­ing, biotech­nol­ogy, nan­otech­nol­ogy, IOT, AI and quan­tum com­put­ing. Con­nec­tiv­ity and data are two of the most im­por­tant driv­ers of change. There have been ma­jor chal­lenges faced by the con­struc­tion in­dus­try in the last few years when it comes to the adop­tion of tech­nol­ogy. How­ever, when the economies were glob­ally locked down, the uti­liza­tion of tech­nol­ogy in­creased even by the con­struc­tion com­pa­nies and this saw the adop­tion of 4.0 tech­nolo­gies with BIM and cloud com­put­ing, blockchain, IOT, AI and au­ton­omy on the job sites.

At Trim­ble, we be­lieve in trans­form­ing the way the world works by de­liv­er­ing prod­ucts and ser­vices that con­nect the phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal worlds. Cloud Com­put­ing has be­come the main­stream so­lu­tion in the con­struc­tion sec­tor in the last 3 months, it is one of the so­lu­tions we of­fer with an aim to al­low peo­ple to mit­i­gate risks and con­tinue to work any­time from any place.

Trim­ble Con­nect, our cloud-based col­lab­o­ra­tion plat­form, con­nects the right peo­ple to the right data at the right time. It fur­ther en­ables in­formed de­ci­sion-mak­ing and en­hances pro­ject ef­fi­ciency. The plat­form has sur­passed 10 mil­lion users till date. In re­sponse to COVID-19, dis­trib­uted work­ing has in­ten­si­fied the need for teams to share in­for­ma­tion and col­lab­o­rate re­motely, lead­ing 1.2 mil­lion users to join Trim­ble Con­nect in March and April alone. To date, Trim­ble

Con­nect has hosted more than 80,000 de­sign and con­struc­tion projects, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for peo­ple to col­lab­o­rate and work to­gether from any­where in the world. Fur­ther­more, the num­ber of in­vi­ta­tions to col­lab­o­rate on projects in­creased 58% in April over the pre­vi­ous month, in­di­cat­ing that users are ad­just­ing to new re­mote and dis­trib­uted work­ing dy­nam­ics and en­abling teams to stay re­silient, de­spite in­ter­rup­tions to their tra­di­tional daily rou­tines.

Trim­ble also of­fers Sketchup, one of the most widely used 3D mod­el­ing so­lu­tions. It is used across mul­ti­ple di­vi­sions such as ar­chi­tec­ture, en­gi­neer­ing, and con­struc­tion and 3D Ware­house, a plat­form to share and down­load Sketchup 3D. Since the be­gin­ning of the pan­demic, there has been an in­crease of 41% in monthly ac­tive users of Sketchup. There has also been 33% in­crease in down­loads and 50% in­crease in up­loads dur­ing the same pe­riod on 3D Ware­house as well. This data clearly in­di­cates that the con­struc­tion in­dus­try has de­ployed dig­i­tal so­lu­tions more than ever dur­ing this cri­sis and tech­nol­ogy has kept the in­dus­try mov­ing even when the on­site work was dras­ti­cally af­fected.

Tech­nol­ogy is not just sup­port­ing peo­ple work­ing from of­fice or home but is also help­ing con­struc­tion com­pa­nies im­prove data col­lec­tion ef­fi­ciency and the safety of the on­site team through au­ton­o­mous robots. This was proven dur­ing the mas­sive ren­o­va­tion

1https://www.mck­in­­ness-func­tions/ mck­in­sey-dig­i­tal/our-in­sights/the-covid-19-re­cov­ery­will-be-dig­i­tal-a-plan-for-the-first-90-days 2https://in­vestor.trim­­leases/news­re­lease-de­tails/trim­ble-con­nect-col­lab­o­ra­tion-plat­form-hits-10-mil­lion-user

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