Sometimes it feels like construction work goes hand-in-hand with challenges. This is particularly true for the heavy civil construction sector, which is experiencing many issues in keeping job sites going, according to The Civil Quarterly, a publication from Dodge Data & Analytics.
But all news is not bad: Dodge also reports heavy civil contractors are primarily optimistic about their business conditions, despite the impacts of COVID-19. For example, 56 percent have a high confidence level about their market’s ability to offer new business opportunities for the next year, increasing to 63 percent for a two-year outlook.
These contractors also seem satisfied with their current backlogs, since the ratio of the average months of backlog reported and of the average ideal backlog is 92. “This contrasts with commercial contractors, who in a recent Dodge study, had a ratio of average current to ideal backlog of 73,” Dodge reported.
The organization also found that there was a widespread adoption of tools and digital processes in the heavy civil sector, including drones and ruggedized tablets, which more than half of the contractors use. Forty-two percent also use heavy equipment that is operated remotely or by machine control.
In addition, nearly 25 percent of heavy civil contractors were considering implementing technologies that are less widely in use, including mobile mapping systems and e-ticketing. “The growth in e-ticketing is further explained by an owner’s perspective on how it improves safety, especially during the pandemic, and e-ticketing will be more thoroughly explored in the next quarter’s report,” Dodge said.