How Mobile Technology is Transforming the Construction Industry
The “mobile era” is in full swing, and construction companies are slowly but surely making the switch. Over 80% of construction professionals surveyed said that mobile technology is of high priority, and 4 out of 5 stated that they are currently using some form of mobile technology.
With so many construction professionals making the switch, what exactly is mobile technology doing to shift the industry?
Getting it right the first time
Mobile technology allows for immediate communication between all stakeholders. This means that everyone will be on the same page when it comes to how a project is going to be completed. Most construction projects require constant communication between multiple parties and any lapse can be detrimental to a project’s productivity. Should any confusion occur, mobile technology allows the parties to resolve it immediately using mobile email, or submitting documents in real-time. Better communication leads to fewer reworks, which can be costly and detrimental to productivity. 65% of construction professionals surveyed said that rework is their number one cost.
Access to Real-time information
Mobile applications allow the field workers to submit all documents to a shared platform where members of the back office can view them immediately and know what is going on in the field. This allows project managers to be more informed at all times and allows them to provide direct input or correct possible problems. On top of this, mobile capabilities allow the field workers to be able to request information, maintenance, etc. from the field which saves time and money.
With mobile technology, workers in the field can submit daily reports, RFIs, emails, and any other form of communication in real-time and receive a response promptly. This means that there is no reason for the worker to leave the field to find information. If the worker doesn’t leave the field, they have more time to spend doing something productive which means staying on schedule.
Never again will you have to shuffle through your file drawers frantically searching for a document you desperately need. With mobile technology, all documents are not only easy to create, but also kept in one place where they are easily searchable in a matter of seconds. This will save you the hassle of having to re-do documents or face problems due to incomplete documentation.
More accountability in the field
Without mobile solutions, the back office has no idea what the field workers are doing, which encourages a culture of a lack of accountability. Mobile technology has GPS capabilities that allow the project manager to track time spent on-site, as well as keep better timecards that will save on labor costs
More accurate documentation
Creating reports in the field not only saves a drive back to the office but also ensures greater accuracy. For example, if workers are creating daily reports as they encounter things, they will create more detailed reports than if they waited to fill out a report once they left the site. Daily reports and any other documentation in the field will be automatically GPS tracked and time stamped which will save you from future disputes and possibly legal trouble.
Mobile applications can be easily integrated with many systems that your company already uses for payroll, accounting, supply chain management, etc.
The shift to mobile is happening NOW. Mobile technology has provided clear benefits that paper or desktop solutions cannot offer.