Consumer technology has changed the way business is done in the construction industry. It’s changed the way we plan, design, collaborate, and communicate. It’s also changed where we do business and how we do business. In today’s market, the most successful construction companies are those that make full use of every technological shortcut that they can find.
Like most, you probably think that your company has already adopted a tech-centric culture because evolved far beyond the days of pen-to-paper documentation and it’s likely that you manage scheduling, accounting and construction documents using some sort of software. But is that enough?
Even if you’re doing all of the above, if you’re not taking advantage of mobile platforms in your everyday operations, you’re missing out! Moreover, even if mobile is already incorporated into your workflow, are you using it to its full potential.
Technological deficiencies — regardless of the size — create inefficiencies that accumulate over time, and operations built around antiquated systems eventually become too labor-intensive. Let’s face it, in order to be competitive today, there is no room for high-maintenance technology.
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Do you have limited access to data when you’re out of office?
A good mobile app allows you to view all your projects from the exact same perspective even when accessed from different locations or different devices.
If you’re unable to access any of your project data when you’re away from the office, you’ve already lost competitive advantage. In today’s market, data-sharing is happening in real-time. We’re trained to expect access to data immediately. The same goes your clients and other construction project stakeholders.
You must be able to share project updates, access data and communicate with stakeholders from wherever you are - not only when you’re at your desk. If this isn’t the case with your current mobile platform, it’s time to rethink your strategy.
Do you have limited view of daily activity?
No project ever goes exactly as planned. That’s the reality of the complex and ever-changing work environment of a construction job. In order to truly maximize on profits it is imperative that you have clear visibility into your projects’ daily activities.
A mobile strategy that provides you with clear visibility means you’re able to identify and remedy disasters before they are out of control, avoid delays, reduce re-work, and more!
Are there disconnects among the field, trailer, and office?
You probably manage multiple projects at once but it’s impossible for you to be at all sites at the same time. Yet, there is no room for you to be disconnected from what’s happening at each job site. At any given point, you and your project managers should be able to give in-depth feedback on exactly what’s happening in the field. If you’re not, that’s a red flag.
Your construction app should make it easy for you to seamlessly manage all of your projects remotely with easy access to real-time reports from the field, and centralized communication/collaboration with onsite workers.
Do you have inconsistent data across databases?
With several different stakeholders and the overwhelming volume of documents being produced, updated, and shared on a daily basis, maintaining consistent data across all databases can prove to be a daunting task. However, the success of your projects depend on accurate recordkeeping. This is especially difficult if you’re bridging together multiple software solutions.
Your mobile app should provide robust and sophisticated data management for your projects, all from a centralized hub. This ensures that you’re able to access the latest, most accurate versions of any document. Additionally, you need to be able share access to key documents with varying permission levels. That way, users without permission won’t be able to access that data while others with proper authority can upload, view, and download documents as needed.
Is there a lag in field productivity?
With better tools, your onsite workers can get a lot more done. Mobile devices give workers access to a range of reporting, modeling and collaboration tools that will make their job faster and easier. Simply put, a mobile device is the ultimate multi-tool.
If you answer 'Yes' to any of the questions above, it’s time to adopt a new mobile strategy.
BuildingBlok mobile keeps you ahead of the curve, allowing you to access and enter data in the field, even when you’re offline.
BuildingBlok mobile isn’t just access to BuildingBlok.com from your mobile device. Our mobile applications are specifically designed for field use. These tools allow you to work no matter where you are. The best part is, You’re never disconnected from your projects. You’re able to choose where you do your own work and from anywhere.
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