Construction Technology: Productivity Tools for 2019

By |2019-01-09T10:44:32+00:00December 13th, 2018|

Productivity on the jobsite is critical. It’s estimated that on the jobsite, 70% of time is wasted on work not directly related to building. Backend tasks, like paperwork, supply acquisition, information exchanges, contracts, etc, gobble up time, dragging projects out which increases costs.

With 2019 just around the corner, it’s time to shape up your construction business, streamline your back-of-house tasks, and free your team to focus on their primary job functions. We found a few of the best productivity tools in the industry that your company should implement ASAP.

Daily Reporting Software

Take tedious required tasks that slow down day-to-day and make them easy by bundling them all in one place that can be digitally connected into other tracking systems. Things like:

  • Daily Weather Report
  • Photos and Videos
  • Task Assignment
  • Time Cards
  • Safety and QA

are necessary to document, but they can be time-consuming and difficult to keep track of if they aren’t all being stored in one place.

Add accountability to the mix by having it all documented via digital and suddenly, daily reports stop being such a headache. If you aren’t utilizing an all-in-one document tracking software or application, we highly recommend finding one now. PlanGrid is one of the leading software programs for this purpose in the construction industry.

Drones

Already growing in number, drones are proving their value in the world of construction, specifically for planning and safety. No longer do you have to imagine being able to survey a site remotely because you can.

Documentation

Creating 3D images of a jobsite has gone from a labor-intensive process to one that happens in mere hours thanks to drone fly-bys. Quick fly-bys at the end of each day provide valuable time lapse reporting on jobsite progress, but further, provide evidence of where equipment and materials were located at day-end in the event that they go missing overnight.

Safety

Drones eliminate the need for human inspection in hazardous situations, like high or low area, or places with extreme heat or cold. Hard-to-reach areas can be inspected from above, instead of putting equipment in precarious places or sending workers to areas that may be unsafe, saving both time and money.

If your jobsite hasn’t joined the drone movement, 2019 is the time.

Portable devices

Documentation is easier, reading prints is faster than ever, and communicating with suppliers/equipment providers/other teams is simple, thanks to the handheld technology we use every day.

Tablets, phones, and other wireless devices make working in the field faster than ever. But your tech is only as good as the connection it gets to WIFI. Make sure your jobsite is outfitted with the speeds it needs to deliver the best performance across all your tech.

Wearables

Boosting safety reduces downtime on the job. Wearables have immense possibilities for jobsites. They can track where time is most valuable and most wasted. They can be used to help train less-skilled workers. They reduce costly mistakes. They monitor vitals to prevent accidents and ensure worker safety.

With preventative measures in place at every step on every employee, costly downtime is drastically reduced. Insurance premiums decrease and risk is nearly eliminated when combined with AI and robotics, enabling your company to deliver quality results in no time. Here are a few of the wearables we recommend implementing in 2019:

Blockchain

Building trust, keeping track of documentation and payment, and ensuring that transactions are secure and verified are just a few of the benefits blockchain offers to the construction industry.

Often, delays happen in a project because someone loses paperwork, documentation can’t be verified, or inspections take longer than necessary. Keeping track of accountability and enforcing it in the construction industry can be incredibly difficult because of the complex nature of large-scale projects.

Blockchain offers many potential ways to shift to lean construction, speeding tedious, time-consuming processes through automation and if/then rules. To learn more, read our post on Blockchain in Construction.

While the construction industry may have been slow to modernize in previous years, we’re seeing a shift in direction toward more digitized jobsites. Stay on top of productivity in 2019 by implementing our above recommendations. Doing something else with your jobsite? Leading the way with cutting-edge technology? Tell us about it on social!

 

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