Advances in construction industry technology and applications are all around us. They include QR codes on building permits issued in New York City which provide access to background information concerning the permit; specialized GPS devices made by a New Zealand company with accuracy measured in centimeters; and many examples of the ever-increasing drive for smartphone apps to make the construction process safer and more efficient. Just as a nursing staff can suffer from “alarm fatigue”, will the construction industry suffer from its technological equivalent? This may become (if it isn’t already) too much information too quickly.
The normal connotation of “TMI” is too much personal information. But this concept is applicable to the business setting, as well, when someone performing a task can now be overwhelmed with information, thanks to developments in technology.
Each advance in technology may help a particular person perform a task more safely and/or more efficiently. But most advances result in a greater amount of information being made available over a shorter period of time. So the need to process information – decide what is critical and what isn’t without losing track of what may soon become critical – remains paramount. As technology advances, and as new apps are created, hopefully someone is paying attention to how we can meaningfully sort the information, pinpoint the critical stuff, and not get bogged down in or distracted by copious data. Too much information too quickly, if it cannot be managed, will be a setback and not an advance.