In the construction and development industries, possibly the most significant development in project management has been the integration of the Internet and mobile technology: tools that streamline and remove bottlenecks in collaboration in all phases of construction from planning, to designing, to building are readily available on PCs, tablets, smartphones, and mobile hotspots. Residential Construction Companies need their projects to be managed efficiently while minimizing costs. Today, more and more- that means deeply integrated IT tools and communications.
Initializing the Build Site
Project management has benefited from the implementation of the tablet, rapidly becoming a must-have tool. The rich supply of apps and remote “cloud” services allow engineers, supervisors, and builders to draft and share vital documents in real-time. Cloud storage has made workplace IT more practical in many ways, and everything can be password secured allowing only authorized professionals access.
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Another critical element for construction is video. Not only does video offer remote teams the ability to collaborate more effectively, but using time-lapse photography, video can also be an asset to tracking and surveillance. Mobile video is increasingly more easily available in high-def, making identification and collaboration even easier. Video surveillance gives site managers a multi-screen perspective of the job site, letting them check progress and detect unauthorized activities. The typical construction site is full of expensive tools, vehicles, and other essentials in constant use. Asset tracking apps not only help to manage the machinery but when they are combined with RFID tags, they can reduce loss and waste. In a world where thieves are always looking for free copper and valuable tools, video is key to preventing theft that will delay your project and expand your costs as your team seeks out replacement gear and supplies.
Using machine-to-machine (M2M) communications technology, fleet management systems now play an even more significant role measuring fuel consumption, worker utilization, and regulations compliance. Plus, M2M fleet management delivers accurate measurements of driving habits like hard braking, speeding, and other operator behavior that causes wear and tear on heavy-duty machines and traditional autos used on the site. By using a dashboard view to observe vital daily metrics, you can make your work site more efficient and reduce preventable expenses.
Mobilize Your Work Site
To make your construction even more efficient, make sure your team is well trained and familiar with aspects of mobile and IT technology. The more they know about the vision, plans, and business rationale behind your project- the better your crew will be able to execute your goals faithfully.