Construction is indisputably a complex industry.
Each construction project involves dozens, if not hundreds, of stakeholders and participants. Projects involve a great degree of detail, and while the construction industry has been doing well without software for millennia, technology has afforded contractors a route to make the building process faster, easier, safer, and more profitable.
Construction management software targets common pain points that apply to managers across construction types. Whether you’re in the industrial, civil, commercial, or residential building community, construction tech can undoubtedly help you.
We looked at all the ways construction software can help managers, and found that there are five benefits that span all industries: centralization, billing, on-site development, resource management, and real-time information. Want to know how construction management software can help each of these departments?
As we mentioned, construction projects involve a great number of participants, including construction workers, plumbers, masons, contractors, architects, project managers, sponsors, and more.
To complicate things, each participant has a long list of items and tasks required for the successful completion of a project.
Construction software helps centralize all those inputs, no matter how broad or granular the information is. The ability to have a bird’s eye view of your construction project, but also the ability to dive into more detailed information as needed, is priceless.
With so much going on in each construction project, billing can be a mess.
You need a designated team member — preferably an accountant — to be on top of the project, making sure accounts receivable and payable are in order, tickets or invoices are there to prove transactions, and more.
Of course, there’s dedication construction accounting software for these kinds of transactions, but many construction management options also offer this functionality.
The team member in charge of finances can use construction technology to easily go through all the documents and numbers, ask team members to upload their data, and collect and make payments.
No one knows best about the day-to-day developments in your construction project than on-site workers.
Empower construction workers by giving them the ability to quickly communicate any suggestions or difficulties they may come across.
Team members can quickly grab their phones, snap a picture of the problem, upload it to the platform, and share it with their boss or sponsor, all with construction software that’s mobile optimized.
In other words, day-to-day problem solving just got a lot easier.
Of course, they need the right tools to paint their canvas.
If they don’t have a full view of their available or unavailable resources, the project’s schedule can be greatly affected.
Software gives project managers a granular view of which resources are being used, when, and where. When a team member calls in sick one day, or any other obstacle presents itself, the project manager should have the tools to accommodate accordingly.
Access to real-time information for different roles
The cloud has made it possible for software to be collaborative in real time.
Although in the past few decades licenses and programs have been heavily used, the cloud (and SaaS) has made a great difference in communication across teams. Instead of team members all having dozens of different versions of a WBS or a project schedule, the cloud makes it possible for everyone to have the latest information. Any changes made can be instantly viewed by anyone.
That helps avoid confusion, and clunky emails.
Of course, I believe the best construction management information system is BuildBinder to alleviate these pain points (full disclosure: I am the CEO of BuildBinder). When looking for similar tools, look for cloud availability, cost effectiveness, and reviews.
So, next time you are stuck in a pile of paperwork, or in another meeting that could have easily been a simple document upload, think about how software can make things a great deal easier for your construction project.
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