Construction Resource Management Solutions and Concepts
In order for project managers to succeed in doing their jobs, they must remain informed and constantly learn about the construction industry. How do they do this? The first step is by choosing the right resources. Next, they should use resources effectively. Lastly, they should use available resources to track their progress.
Resources are one of a company’s most useful tools. With so much information out there about construction, managing resources and picking the right ones to use is difficult. To effectively use resources and put themselves ahead of their competitors, managers should know where to go for information when they need it. During the building phase, managers should know how to use the right resources when needs change and maximize the utilization of resources while keeping the project on track. With so much to manage, project managers should use technology to assist them in the complete management process.
Project elements should manage resources by using software which supports the three concepts of the management process. Those concepts are: planning, execution & change, and tracking.
The planning phase includes resources for choosing the best methods of construction, finding projects and customers, and managing bids. In order to do all of these effectively, software should be used. Management software can help project managers find, analyze, and predict the usefulness of these resources. They do so by providing:
- Predictive analysis for prioritizing and optimizing resources
- Resource capacity & demand dashboards
- Increased visibility of all resources
Execution and Change
The execution and change phase of construction management includes resources for regulatory compliance, hiring workers, and project management. Software can help managers effectively use resources that help with these issues. Software can:
- Include special workflows for instilling resource governance
- Standardize approvals and allocations of resourcecs
- Empower planners to adjust resources when priorities change
- Schedule employees and equipment with an easy to use drag-and-drop tool
The third and final stage focuses on reflecting on completed projects. This phase includes resources for tracking accounting and industry trends. Software helps managers by:
- Increasing return on investment of deployed resources
- Mobile time in and out tracking
- Tracking and managing budgets versus actuals
- Improved capitalization of labor costs
Now that the three concepts that software supports is clear, let’s take a closer look at the eight most useful sources listed above.
1) Methods of Construction
When looking for general construction advice, project managers should stay away from simple google searches. There is so much information out there on the web and you can find information which contradicts itself. Instead, project managers should stick to trusted websites such as ebuilder.net and constructionknowledge.net. There are also mobile apps available to assist in completing simple building tasks.
2) Finding Projects and Customers
Word of mouth and a solid reputation remain the best means for maintaining a constant stream of work. Other media for advertising include social media such as Facebook and Instagram. These sites allow you to post photos of completed projects. Google Adwords is another great way to advertise. These allow your ads to pop up on targeted computer screens and maximize organic visibility of your website. The best part about Adwords is that you can take down ads instantly if your workload exceeds your capability.
3) Bid Management
Software such as eSUB can help you manage bids effectively. eSUB eliminates paperwork and allows for instant communication which simplifies the bidding process. Bid management can be complex, so technology should be used to help you stay organized and accurate.
4) Regulatory Compliance
It is important that your company follow the law of the land. Standard safety laws apply nationally whereas building code and regulations vary by location. Contractors can use software to help them in this category by instantly communicating safety rules and building codes to employees.
5) Hiring Workers
Finding the right workers for the task is crucial to successful completion of the project. Employers can use sites such as Monster.com to find their dream candidates. Also, they should browse through the site snagajob.com. These sites help you find temporary, long term, and specialized workers. They come in handy when workloads are high and you don’t have time to go through the full hiring process.
6) Project Management
Project management is another area where technology can help you out a ton. Software such as eSUB allows users to communicate and collaborate to effectively solve issues on the jobsite. It allows subcontractors to be updated on things such as deliveries, while allowing customers to track the progress of their building without meetings.
Contractors should be careful in consulting for advice in accounting. Normal accountants are not fit to give advice for construction, as they focus on past events. Instead contractors should look to trusted sources such as NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) for information about construction finance.
8) Industry Trends
Project managers should look to professional construction journals and magazine to stay updated on the latest industry trends and happenings. Here is an extensive list.
By using project management software, contractors can improve and run their business better by getting the most out of the right resources. In many cases, technology provides solutions to issues that project managers run into by managing resources. Software allows better use of resources in three categories: planning, execution & change, and tracking. In using these resources to their utmost capability, contractors can stay informed and beat their competitors.