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Supply Chain: Rewards of manual to digital transformation

Updated: May 24, 2021

In 1989, one of the most innovative and complicated construction projects I know was built in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. It’s the Ice Hotel. It’s a working hotel that only books rooms from December to April. It’s built using 2-ton bricks of ice harvested from the Torne River along with what the builders call snice, a combination of snow and ice. It’s not a building that can exist in many parts of the world due to the complicated ice and snice supply chain and particular weather requirements. This may be an extreme example to discuss supply chain issues in the construction industry, but it perfectly illustrates something unique about construction. No two projects are the same depending on the location, building requirements, and execution of the construction. And, the bigger the project is, say a single-family home versus an airport, the larger and more complicated the supply chain.

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