Today’s construction companies must look at every aspect of their workflow with an eye toward automation. Technology can help you land more jobs, manage the projects you have, save time and money, and improve employee communications and satisfaction.
The construction industry had lagged behind other industries in technology adoption, but the pandemic accelerated the number and types of technologies that are being applied specifically to that industry. Venture capital firms are investing millions of dollars in the development of new automation tools that are designed specifically for construction management and day-to-day operations.
You may already be using some of these technologies today, but here are some areas of your business and applications you may not have even considered!
This is, of course, where projects start. Especially in situations where you’re bidding against many other companies, the timing, accuracy, and “wow” factor (standing apart from your competition) are all very important.
Some information remains constant from proposal to proposal, but other data needs to change, based on the job.
Close to 70 different applications currently exist to help your company create bids. Although none is guaranteed to help you win the bid, they can certainly help you free up more time and ensure your proposals are complete and accurate.
Among the highest-rated tools (based on user reviews) are:
Congratulations! Your company won the bid. Some of these applications are also useful during the proposal process, because you can show (internally and externally) how the project will be completed.
Software solutions that are widely used and highly-recommended by construction companies include:
Of course, the software you select depends on a range of factors, which we will discuss later.
We’re not suggesting replacing your HR professional with a robot. But automation can play a huge role in ensuring the people who work for you are the best possible talent. Managing schedules, benefits, and work performance can all be complex, but automation reduces the amount of time spent on gathering data and can help you make better hiring choices.
BambooHR, Arcoro, and Sage People are among the companies that have products developed specifically for the construction field. The one you select depends largely on the size and complexity of your team. These software reviews will help you choose the solution that’s right for your company. We also recommend that you check recommendations from people who have purchased the software.
The pandemic made us all realize the impact of health and wellness on all industries. Not only did managers need to think about safety on job sites, but they became more aware of the impact of the spread of illness on scheduling and supply chain.
Wearable devices can help managers assess the health and wellness of their teams.
Further, as workers age and face physical challenges, they may need some assistance from wearable technology in preventing injury. Some of the new inventions in this field also give workers more body strength for repetitive movements and lifting. A number of these innovations are showcased each year at WeaRAcon.
Safety and productivity wearables include watches, hats, boots, and goggles, as well as devices that prevent back, leg, and arm strain.
Where’s that crane today? Software can now help you see the location of the vehicles you need, but also keep track of equipment, maintenance schedules, and inventory.
Among the technologies most commonly used for construction fleet management are:
Drones, which were once considered high-tech are now commonplace for both planning and job site monitoring. 3D printing has many applications in the construction industry and can aid tremendously in the planning and building process.
But Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now being applied to the construction industry and is reported to reduce construction costs by up to 20 percent. From project planning to problem-solving, intelligent “robots” will soon work side-by-side with humans to provide data and recommendations for better and more cost-effective building.
How can you afford to invest in the technologies you’ll need for today and tomorrow?
As in all businesses, staying on top of your costs and revenue are essential in running a profitable construction business.
For example, Vendrix is a solution developed for and by people in the construction industry to:
The construction technology sector is booming, and you may be overwhelmed by the number of options you have in any one category. But automation is designed to eliminate stress and expense, not increase it. First, we suggest you:
Make sure you’re involving your management team in decision-making too. If you have people working with you who buy-in to new systems, they are more likely to adopt them quickly and even help their peers embrace them.
Track and measure the impact of automation on your business costs and success. We can almost guarantee that technology will lead to financial improvements!
Start with your financial system. Contact Vendrix today for a demo.