The construction industry has been slower than other industries to embrace technology in all areas of business. The construction industry, however, has at its fingertips, an incredible number of tools that can make daily tasks easier. Some of these tools are automation tools and others can help you track and stay connected. We have assembled 10 tools for the construction industry to embrace now.
- Project Management Software
The use of project management software is an integral part to utilizing technology in the construction industry. PM software can track job productivity, profitability, relationships with other organizations. Take advantage of a software solution and see efficiency and job-visibility drastically increase.
- Mobility/Remote Connectivity
Most time lost is due to the inability to properly connect employees from the job site to the company head-quarters. Take steps to maintain connectivity to the field. Mobile time capture, file sharing, and project management will greatly impact accuracy and efficiency.
- Document Management
Having a document management solution in place does wonders for keeping projects organized. Use this to manage submittals, RFIs, punch lists and more. Some document management solutions can be purposed for a print management program as well.
- Video Conferencing
Meet with job sites remotely, hold team collaboration sessions, and engage with sub-contractors and owners with ease through video conferencing.
- Mobile Device Management
Effectively and securely manage mobile devices from a central location; Remote wipe, quick updating, immediate deployment of apps, and security management all through a single software application.
- Acceptable Use Policies
These policies govern and protect your organization from your biggest liability: your employees. This should address internet use, email, mobile, BYOD, etc. Acceptable use policies ensure your organization uses technology safely and responsibly.
- Device Encryption
Disk encryption is a technology which protects your team’s laptops and mobile devices by converting it into unreadable code that cannot be deciphered easily by unauthorized people. This technology is very important in an environment with many off-site team members.
- Reporting and Analytics
Your project management and accounting software are capable of providing incredible analytics and insights into the profitability, effort and efficiency of your business. Are you taking advantage of the custom reporting functionality?
Time tracking, billing, accounting, project management, take-off, document management, payroll: ensuring integration between your software is paramount to eliminating duplicate entry, managing your productivity, and minimizing wasted manual entry between disparate software platforms. 10. End User Support Having a reliable support system in place for the end-users of a construction company can be a great differentiator in a competitive industry. Keeping hardware and software systems current and working seamlessly is important in an environment where downtime and inefficiency can be the difference in being on time, winning on bid day, and protecting your data. These tools will help modernize any construction firm. Creating efficiency in your firm will take initial upfront work, but it will pay off in dividends.