Soledad Berbel-Roman on existing barriers to adopt new technologies in the UK infrastructure sector
One of our Flood Engineers, Soledad Berbel-Roman, assisted in a joint ICE and Topcon lecture at the Institution of Civil Engineers. Featuring the viewpoints of many individuals across the breadth of the civil engineering field, the event focused on topics such as the reasons behind the slow uptake of ground breaking technology.
According to responses to a poll, the five greatest barriers preventing the adoption of new technologies are the cost and financial implications, corporate culture instilling static mentalities, lack of awareness, inflexible tendering and the lack of leadership strategy. The issues seem to come from an internal inability to be open to new concepts and practices. This becomes a problem when over half of young civil engineers believe that the introduction of new technologies can combat skill shortages.
Soledad’s lecture focused on this resistance to change by distinguishing between short-term and long-term perspectives. The myopic project by project based model leaves little room for preparations or even simple awareness of the ever changing environment of civil engineering in terms of technology. Ultimately, the lecture was a call to change, that illustrated the belief that adaption by embracing the modern technological market is the way forward.