Following the merger of Bullock Construction with United House (the contracting division of United House Group) to form United Living in 2014, the merged construction company's CIO Greg Morley was immediately focused on consolidating and integrating the technologies of the combined businesses. In 2017, though, he moved on to the digital offensive.
Morley has made heavy investments in scalable infrastructure and technologies over the past 12 months to position the business for growth. These key initiatives have been to move all systems out of co-location and into the private cloud, to deploy enterprise content management for architecture/engineering/construction with strong building information management capabilities, and to implement a new construction operations management system.
The cloud investment has enhanced United Living's security posture, improved the responsiveness of the IT function and provided scalability. Meanwhile the workforce has been equipped with field-based technologies that streamline workflows, improve efficiency and support compliance. While parts of the construction sector such as social housing refurbishment are not historically predisposed to sexy tech innovation, Morley knows it's coming and he has used 2017's IT investments to deliver faster mobilisation of construction site setups earlier, with mobile technologies and online services.
Going forward, Morley and his team will be easing up on investment in favour of building on the investments already made and exploring data opportunities across multiple systems to bring value to internal businesses and customers.