Construction jobsites are evolving. Technology is playing a bigger role in every aspect of construction projects – from the way engineers and designers collaborate to the way we track onsite employees. Although the industry as a whole is slow to adopt technology, construction has not been untouched the technological advances – even the small mom and pop shops are now finding ways to integrate technology into their projects. Making your jobsite intelligent is becoming paramount as more technology continues to be integrated into construction projects. Gone are the days when hard copies are the only documents being passed between the jobsite and the headquarters.
An intelligent jobsite means the ability to accurately track data is taken to the next steps and that data is applied to your projects in real time to help contractors make well-informed decisions. The intelligent jobsite does not have gaps in communication and uses all of its’ resources in the most efficient way possible. A few tools are necessary to achieve a truly intelligent jobsite, but they are all fairly easy to adopt.
The Right Applications The right applications will take you far in your intelligent jobsite. The applications to track every aspect of your project and keep everyone well informed are becoming more user-friendly and accessible. There are applications to track the bidding process, tools and equipment, onsite employees, and even calculate roof pitch. Mobile devices with access to cloud-based applications are even more effective at creating an intelligent jobsite because users are able to collaborate in real time. Accessing and sharing the same files at the same time means fewer errors or miscommunications when it comes to the most current status of a particular document be it a spreadsheet, a blueprint, or a request for information.
Mobility You can’t have an intelligent jobsite without mobility. Oftentimes, this means mobile devices, such as tablets, are being used on the jobsite to track progress and keep lines of communication open at all times. Having the right applications won’t help you to the fullest if you do not provide your onsite employees access to these applications through mobile devices. Mobility will help your key onsite contractors save time and energy that was once used to track others down and get answers. Some have called mobility a “mobile office” meaning the devices used have taken the place of running back and forth from the jobsite to jobsite. Daily updates on project status help a project stay nimble. If there needs to be a change in the project timeline, everyone knows about it. If machinery breaks down, photos can be sent and documentation can be created.
Integration Integrating your applications really seals the deal for your intelligent jobsite. Integrating your applications means you are able to push and pull data between applications in order to ascertain the insights you need. Your applications will be able to talk to one another in real time so you are never behind on the latest updates. Integrating your applications allows you to implement business intelligence and make sense of all of your data and ultimately make better business decisions. There are several ways to integrate your applications. Standard integrations exist between some solutions but others will need to be custom integrated. This can get expensive, so a third option exists. Integrating with iPaaS (integration platform as a solutions) will allow you to connect to any number of applications you would like to use for a monthly fee versus paying for each custom integration. Your BI solution needs to be able to scale to support data volume, user volumes, and concurrency. If not, you could run into problems when it comes to the daily revenue generating activities. Remember, your product implementation could include million or even billions of records and the data your company acquires will only grow. Scalability should be a main consideration for you as you look into different solutions. With an intelligent jobsite, you and your team will always be on the same page and have the ability to collaborate in real time from the jobsite. You will also be able to make your data work for you to help you make the best business decisions possible.