Transforming The Way The World Works
While the Electrical Contracting industry continues to face uncertain economic times it is encouraging to see so many of our top contractors reporting increased profit and turnover.
This is a strong indication of the industry’s resilience but even so it is clear that the UK electrical sector, along with construction as a whole, will need to adapt and evolve to meet the challenges of the coming years.
Much of this will focus on making increasingly effective use of technology not only to manage isolated processes but to drive the complete construction workflow from design to handover and on into operation and maintenance of a building.
Considering major recent developments such as BIM and e-commerce, it is clear that rich, accurate, structured product data which can be synchronised between trading partners is a key factor in the successful automation of these processes.
It is therefore worth noting that 80% of the Top 50 contractors use the Luckins database as the basis for estimating and procurement and, of these, there is a small but growing number now making much more extensive use of the product data throughout their business.
Elsewhere in the Electrical Times Top 50 supplement (in association with Trimble) we discuss how contractors can make the best use of this data for integrating their business processes, communicating with suppliers and maximising return on their technology investment.
The Trimble name may be relatively new to many in the UK electrical industry but the business includes many well-known and long established names including ProDesign, ContractMaster and FastTest as well as Luckins.
Most of the UK’s major contractors already rely on one or more of these products and we are proud that almost every one of the UK’s Top 50 electrical contractors is now a Trimble customer.
Used correctly the technologies now available can create streamlined workflows, drive increased productivity and bring about significant cost avoidance leading to improved margins.
With a wide range of design and business software and industry standard product content in our portfolio and new innovations in the pipeline, Trimble are in the perfect position to help electrical contractors transform their working methods and achieve these objectives.