Here at Building Empires Media Group, we know that productivity on a job site within construction is vital. When you increase productivity, you can affect the completion dates and deadlines within the job that needs to be met. As the productivity rate has decreased in recent years, research has taken place to find ways to fill the gaps and keep the productivity where it needs to be on construction job sites.
Technology has recently started to evolve more as time goes on. Especially in trades such as business, construction, and medicine, a place has been made for technology to help improve the overall work completed and production rates. Here is a brief list of how technology is being used under the different components of construction to increase the overall management of the job site.
Increase Productivity with Technology
Overseeing The Job Site
One key component to any job site is regulation of the jobs that need to be completed, the workers themselves, and the site standards. These are pretty easy duties that a physical human can accomplish throughout their normal job duties as a superintendent. Although there are several different technologies such as computer platforms and apps that have been created already, companies are in the process of creating additional technology to assist in overseeing and regulating a job site in its entirety.
Collaboration occurs often on job sites, especially if the sites are new residential and commercial builds. Whether it is with an architect on the job, an interior designer, contractor, or building materials supplier there is a lot of information that is passed between everyone involved. Two platforms by the name of ‘Genie Belt’ and ‘Plan Grid’ were created as a strategy that can be used between individuals who collaborate. You can keep project schedules and items such as blueprints all in one place, making it easy for contractors, designers, architects, and others to get access to the information.
Design and Engineering
Designing the structure on a new build and determining the different bits and pieces of engineering can get very confusing and overwhelming at times. With applications such as ‘Revizto’, you can input basic information about the job you are working on and it will estimate certain areas of engineering for the project, as well as keep track of progress. This is possible through the use of 3D pictures, drones, and mobile as well as VR. Now, when it comes to architecture there are characteristics that other people on the job sites might not ever need access to, which is why there are apps such as ‘Architizer’, which is specifically designed around the needs of architects.
Ordering and Receiving Supplies
Sometimes on job sites you may find yourself needing supplies during a demanding time, which means you can’t wait around for the delivery of your items. There are various apps and software that can be used to track the delivery process of supplies, as well as inventory so you don’t run out of important materials during the wrong times.
On Site Management will Increase Productivity
Like we mentioned briefly in the beginning, the management of a job site is vital to the production and flow. Keeping track of things such as project completion deadlines, pre work that is to be completed before anything new is started, and management of all employees. Platforms like ‘Alice’ are used for estimating deadlines, job productivity, and much more. A few more apps that can be used for this purpose are ‘BuildSafe’, ‘Zilen’, and ‘Biosite’.
Research has shown that the use of technology increased the efficiency of a job site in more than just one area. According to the data recorded from PropTech, companies are using technology in these areas of expertise:
- 28.9% of companies are using tech for Workflow Management
- 10.4% of companies are using tech for Data Analytics
- 9.9% of companies are using tech for BIM
- 9.6% of companies are using tech for 3D Modeling
- 4.8% of companies are using tech for a variety of other things
The overall use of technology can substantially increase the productivity and overall flow of a job site. As of right now, the use of technology is an optional choice among superintendents and project managers. Do you think that one day technology will be standard in construction?