Increased technology progress and vulnerability of construction sector to global crises, such as economy recessions, pandemic, sustainability constraints, resource scarcity and limitation, etc., put requirements for construction sector to follow the technological progress in order to improve its productivity, resilience and sustainability and to pave ways for new job places and for employment increase (particularly improvement of demographic aspect). All the opportunities available by science and technology achievements, particularly digital tools, have not been sufficiently deployed in the construction industry. There is a need for improving skills and introduce new ones, in order to provide basis for the twin transition of the construction sector.
The goal of this project is to develop a methodology for identification of tangible effects of digital skills on sustainability performance of construction sector services and products, for various professional profiles in the construction sector.
- Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius
The scientific impact is seen in establishment of a novel methodology for measuring of impacts of skills, accompanied by a set of key performance indicators; identification of gaps in future skills to meet sustainability demands; suggesting new job places. Having quantitative indicators at response will enable improved quality management of services, reduction of performance gaps of buildings and a ground for monitoring and corrections. It can also assist in:
- construction processes optimal sequencing / scheduling,
- and related assignment of tasks among team members,
- as well as in improvement of digital instruments, tools and software used for carrying out tasks in buildings’ life cycle.
All the above have potential of reducing design, construction and operation costs while achieving targeted performance, which in long term will encourage setting more ambitious criteria of buildings’ performance and furthermore, their international alignment.
The research results will be applicable for improvement of qualification schemes of construction skills, particularly in the part of foresights of future skills, that will be needed to leverage the sector development. It can be a significant input for national and international VET strategies design and policy recommendations.