Historically speaking, the construction industry invested the least amount of money into IT and technology. As time goes on and the industry keeps booming, the need for information technology is becoming more apparent. Construction firms are now leaning on construction management software for day to day tasks in estimating, scheduling, job costing, reporting – and the list continues. Investing in IT and technology is differentiating contractors from their competition, saving time and money, and becoming more productive company.
Let’s take a look at 3 technology game changers that are taking some of the weight off busy contractors.
LEED Construction Documentation
This type of technology software allows contractors, project managers, or designated employees to document and verify LEED construction credits from their desk, in the field, or from their own cell phone. This eliminates hundreds of hours spent on paperwork resulting in significant cost savings and increased productivity. Teams are able to focus on getting the job done on time and work more efficiently.
Construction Management Software
In the construction industry, everyone has carried that big rolled-up stack of drawings that never fits anywhere. Now, we have the ability to bring a tablet to a walk through and view blue prints of the job site directly from the palm of our hands. This software allows contractors to make changes, add notes, pictures, and notifies team members of the project updates. The closeout process becomes quicker with structure.
As an inexpensive way to get complex, unique views of a project’s progression, drones are (quite literally) taking off in the construction industry. Drones have the capabilities to capture survey imagery, provide time-lapse imagery, and contribute to job site safety. As if the images are not helpful enough, there are software systems on the market that are able to analyze the data of those images and include in building information modeling (BIM) models.