Digital Technologies are increasingly imperative for the E&C industry. In contrast to other industries, the construction industry experienced stagnating productivity and thus built up a huge productivity gap over the last 50 years. At the same time, megatrends such as sustainability and an aging workforce pose new challenges for the construction industry. As new digital technologies including BIM, Biga Data, Wireless Monitoring are emerging in E&C industry, they offer many new opportunities for the industry to advance and address these challenges. Those innovative technologies are enabling many new use cases, like AEC integrated design, rapid modeling prototype, and efficient on-site processes with huge cost and delivery time benefits.
Many factors create additional momentum for change for E&C players. New, non-traditional players and innovators enter the industry. Governments and large project owners push for improvements in project delivery. As a consequence, we see a huge interest from industry players to know how to embrace the digital transformation and move forward strategically.
Christoph Rothballer is a Global Co-Lead of the Center for Mobility Innovation at The Boston Consulting Group. He is a core member of BCG's Industrial goods practice. He is also a member of the Public Sector, Global Advantage, and Strategy practice at the firm.
Christoph advises operators, equipment OEMs, EPCs, and investors active in the infrastructure and transportation space, on growth and digital strategies and investment opportunities. He also advises public sector organizations on prioritization, planning, and financing of large capital projects and smart mobility and smart infrastructure.
Christoph co-leads BCG’s relationship with World Economic Forum on infrastructure, construction, and smart cities. He is a regular speaker at conferences and has published many reports and articles on infrastructure topics. From 2012 to 2014, Christoph was on secondment to the WEF in Geneva.
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Dr. Stephen Mulva is the Director of the Construction Industry Institute (CII), an organized research unit of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He has academic appointments in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas and at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His current research projects are focused on improving the business performance and productivity of capital projects in most sectors of the modern economy. In the past, Stephen has held industry positions at Fluor, Bechtel, Phillips Petroleum and as a project management consultant for ePM. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and two engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
CII, based at The University of Texas at Austin, is a consortium of more than 130 leading owner, engineering-contractor, and supplier firms from both the public and private arenas.
These organizations have joined together to enhance the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital facility life cycle through CII research, related initiatives, and industry alliances.