Building on ICT to Connect SMEs in the Digital Construction Supply Chain

The smart use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in construction is a key element for fostering efficiency, innovation and competitiveness in the sector with high potential for smaller actors. On the other hand, at an SME-intensive sector, adopting new technologies is often challenged by limited financial capabilities and knowledge to deal with technological solutions, or lack of understanding of the full potential of ICTs. Recognising these challenges, the Connect & Construct (C&C) demonstration action, funded by the European Commission (Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry), aims to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of the European construction industry by making it easier for construction companies to exchange data/information and collaborate digitally along their value chains. Building on existing ICT solutions and standards, it provides a common framework for seamless and interoperable information exchange along the construction supply chain.

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