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Can Small Firms Afford CTH

Some in the industry are concerned that small firms might be disadvantaged by the 2023 CTH requirements since small firms are much less likely to be using CTH. The 2014 NBS National CTH Report shows that CTH is used by only 35 percent of small firms with up to five employees. Firms with more than five employees are almost twice as likely to be using CTH, with 61 percent of them having already undertaken the adoption.

The differences of scale make sense historically. Large firms working on large projects have had the most to gain from the benefits CTH offers in terms of systematically organizing and sharing building information. Large firms have also benefited from having dedicated IT staff to guide the transition, as well as the resources to absorb potential disruptions. In contrast, small firms have had less flexibility and less financial incentive to undertake the change.

These differences in scale are becoming less pronounced. Small firms have more reasons than ever to adopt CTH, and many are already racing to undergo the adoption before 2023. Fortunately, this is easier than ever. The pioneering work has already been done by other firms. The best practices are established, many of the contractors and owners are primed to accept CTH, and the technology is mature. It is a perfect time for small firms to make the change and owners are primed to accept CTH, and the technology is mature. It is a perfect time for small firms to make the change.

 

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