As a whole, the construction industry seems to shy away from change. Many argue, why change a process that is already working? That school of thought must change. Innovation isn’t trying to fix a process; it’s trying to improve upon the process. Because of this mentality, some firms are lagging behind their competitors who are implementing cutting-edge solutions to improve upon their processes.
It’s common that some companies may fear the cost of upgrading, while others worry about the time that must be spent due to the learning curve. Because of this, it’s common to find construction professionals that still rely on old software and spreadsheets to get their jobs done. These systems are holding individual firms as well as the industry itself back. The primary deterrent of these old processes is the lack of real-time communication. As a matter of fact, the old industry solutions only allow construction firms to collect data every four to six weeks.
Companies who are still behind the curve cannot deny the fact that by combining the cloud and mobile construction apps they will be able to communicate in real time. What they may not know is that this upgrade will come with little spending and far less development and integration time than expected. As mobile app development platforms continue to progress, the road to a paperless workplace is now readily available. Mobile industry software allows your business to digitize workflows with mobile apps, so you always have constant communication between the field and office.
What Does This Mean?
Collecting data will no longer take four to six weeks. With new technology, data can be collected immediately. The field and the office now have a direct line to each other. The PM is no longer has to go to the office or trailer to file reports; this can all be done straight from the field, saving you loads of time and paperwork. Additionally, the PM can approve changes in workflow and other requests from the project foreman immediately, creating no more costly delays.
The ability to update and share information directly from the jobsite is becoming essential in today’s construction industry. The company who can get the job done the fastest and cheapest, with no errors, will always get the job. So why be behind the curve? If you have not implemented mobile technology to your workplace, it’s probably about time.