Construction contractors and project managers alike are always in search of ways to streamline their operations. Thanks to the combination of technological advances and the demand for innovation, there are now numerous tools available that do just that.
The following are just some of the most popular and useful tech tools that project management or construction contractors should consider using.
BIM (Building Information Modeling) and Virtual Design
BIM is a type of virtual design. With this tool, you collaboratively design a building with computer models. It is an alternative to traditional drawings, which would require multiple drawings.
BIM does more than reduce the need to draw. It also reduces errors and saves time and money. This comes from a combination of reducing the time spent drawing figures and the computer’s ability to check for mistakes that a human may overlook.
Not all of the tech tools for contractors are unique to construction. Complete ERP systems are one example of this.
This software combines a long list of functions in a single platform. Just some of the functions you can expect include:
- Project management
- Job costing
- Human resources
- Equipment management
- Document management
- Inventory management
With a complete ERP solution, contractors only have to use a single system for all of the above functions. This reduces their costs as well as time. After all, it eliminates the need to input the same data on multiple platforms, or to export and import data between them.
Having all of the relevant data in the same platform also makes analysis easier. After all, different programs could display or analyze data differently, but this isn’t a concern with a single platform.
Many of the behind-the-scenes processes related to construction can be automated with the right workflows. These workflows can boost efficiency and reduce human error.
Many of these automation workflow tools allow for a high level of detail. For example, you may be able to fully automate many processes and route other processes to the right person.
Document imaging is another example of a tool that is versatile enough for multiple industries. That being said, the best programs have packages or features unique to construction management.
This tech tool reduces the need to carry binders full of paper everywhere that you go. It also gives you access to all of your documents no matter where you are, even if they are not physically with you. There is no need to waste time driving back to the office to get information.
The following are just some of the types of documents contractors or project management may want digital images of:
- Change orders
Mobile Apps for Project Management
Project managers can also make use of the range of new mobile apps specifically designed for project management. As with most other types of tools on this list, there are construction-specific options as well as general ones that work for construction. These mobile apps include communication alerts, bid management, plan views, and more.
Contractors that use tech tools will find themselves using their time more efficiently. The various tools can reduce the amount of time and effort required for the off-site aspects of the job. They can also save time by spotting errors before they turn into costly delays.
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