How digital tools can grow your construction business

Digital capability is becoming increasingly important for New Zealand businesses, including industries across the construction sector. Learn about what tools and support are available for the sector and understand the benefits of digitsing your business.

This webinar was recorded on 8 September 2021. It includes speakers from the government-funded Digital Boost programme, Chatterton Builders, Mill Electrical and Summerset New Zealand.

Embracing the digital world

As part of the Construction Sector Accord's Towards High Performance webinar series, the Accord partnered with the government-funded Digital Boost programme to show how using digital tools can improve your online capabilities – including marketing, accounting, risk management, project management, cashflow and operations.

Experts and construction sector businesses discussed digital trends, tools relevant for the sector, helpful tips and tricks and free online courses available for businesses looking to upskill.

We heard from businesses large and small that have embraced digital tools. They discussed what digital tools they use, how they have made a difference and shared their advice for others in the industry looking to embrace digital technology in construction.

Key speakers

Evelyn Seewald – Programme Lead, Digital Boost

Evelyn is a digital thought leader and currently heads Digital Boost – an MBIE initiative aimed at helping small New Zealand businesses embrace digital technologies through an online learning platform. She explained the Digital Boost programme and the benefits of using digital tools in your business.

Brent Chatterton – Managing Director, Chatterton Builders

Chatterton Builders has been building homes in Canterbury since 1998. Brent believes that in the construction industry you need to constantly learn and upskill – from new tools onsite, to new tools online. He discussed the challenges that exist in the sector and what he's found helpful for his business in the digital space.

Nic Gold – Managing Director, Mill Electrical

Mill Electrical is a growing construction business in the Hawke’s Bay and Bay of Plenty. As the business has expanded in recent years, so has the need for more efficient digital systems and processes. Nic discussed how using digital tools, like app-based project management software, has made a difference for his business.

James O'Hagan – National BIM Manager, Summerset New Zealand

James is an expert in Building Information Modelling (BIM) with 18 years' experience in the design and construction industry in New Zealand and Australia. He explained BIM processes and concepts, and how using BIM can help your business – from planning to design and construction.

Last updated: 08 September 2021