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5 Ways the Construction Industry is Going all Mobile

By CIOReview | Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Are your employees facing a delay in uploading reports on-site? Is your construction firm finding it hard to save time and control expenses? Mobile technology is all set to fix it.

FREMONT, CA: Smartphones and tablets have completely transformed our lives. The mobile technology has become a norm in our day to day lives. Wherever we look, we see people using mobile technology to complete their tasks. This remarkable technology has spread its branches in domains like aerospace, healthcare sector, etc. The construction sector is not behind in this competition.

The construction enterprises, generally, are under a lot of pressure, a lot of deadlines to meet, safety regulations to consider, manage employees, and the list goes on. Mobiles have now made the tasks a lot easier.

Below are some ways the construction industry can harness the power of the cell phones to have a competitive edge over the other firms.

1. Mobile Time Card Apps: The mobile phones leverage the contractors, sub-contractors as well as employees to keep track of the activities going on the job site by using a timecard application. This app checks the location via GPS tracking. This decent and straightforward app helps the employees save time by preventing them from exceeding deadlines. Switching to this paperless process enables the construction firms to save money as employees can complete the payroll quickly, and enhance the enterprise's understanding of the true labor costs and time.

2. Reduction in errors as well as costs: Rework causes a significant source of extra expenses for most of the construction firms. This rework can be avoided by getting the job done according to the clients' needs and the materials they want the architects to use. Thus reducing errors facilitates better understanding between the clients, employees, and project managers in the field. The workers will have access to all the information regarding the job documentation as well as specifications to get all the things done right. Immediate access to data will lead to fewer mistakes.

3. Real-Time Communication: The major issue that the construction industries face is a highly fragmented workforce. All the engineers, workers, and equipment along with stakeholders, project managers, and clients are distributed around the construction site. In this scenario, it becomes difficult for the construction firm to bring everyone together at one place to conduct an immediate meeting and take any impromptu decision. Mobile technology enables businesses to conduct meetings that can help in quick conclusion without any disruption in the work process. Real-time communication can reduce the chances of the job getting delayed and ensure that every stakeholder has a say.

4. Efficient project management: Paper reporting leaves project managers with considerable data to compile, which leads to significant delays in problem detection and its correction. Mobile technology has resolved this issue by leveraging real-time data collection and transmission between the job site and project managers in the back office. Thus mobile technology helps firms in avoiding wastage of time with automated reporting. Through images, GPS taken on-site and time-trackers, the mobile technology delivers transparent, accurate, and reliable information about the work in progress on-site.

5. Seamless Integration: Back office accountants are always flooded with paperwork related to expense tracking and job costing. A cloud-based solution has helped the accountants in saving hundreds of hours per annum in data entry by enabling on-site workers to submit expense reports, time cards, requests for information (RFI) and other verified documents. It involuntarily organized important files. Hence there is no need for shuffling through the archives to look for the old report as it has become easier to keep records of books and generate reports.

The Bottom Line

Managing construction work has never been easy. However, mobile technology is changing the way in which the construction industry works. Smooth and instant delivery of information, sending records of the work in progress on the job site by just clicking pictures have saved a significant amount of time, energy, and money. It has enabled the construction industry to take on new projects and take them to the next level.

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