The construction industry uses too much paper. Ignoring any environmental impacts that may cause, the continued widespread use of paper in the industry is terrible for productivity and efficiency. Construction companies are burdening their employees with tedious paperwork instead of allowing them to excel at their actual jobs. It also greatly hampers collaboration with other team members or customers.
APE Mobile, a construction app company, recently put together the infographic below, explaining the current state of the industry with regards to labor, budgets, and technology; the problems with the lack of digitizing project data; and how construction technology can help solve those problems.
The problem with not digitizing project data, APE says, is the lack of communication, inconsistencies in paperwork, and a lack of coordination. Project data can include, for example: daily work reports, pictures, schedules, drawing changes, and budgeting, among others. If employees don’t have instantaneous access to this data when they need it, cost overruns of costly rework is more likely to occur.
The infographic cites some great articles, but if you’re interested in even more data about construction technology and how contractors are using it, I encourage you to check out JBKnowledge’s latest Construction Technology Survey, as well.
SketchUp is an extremely accessible and generally considered an easy-to-use 3D modeling program. It’s become a very popular tool for woodworkers, designers, and construction professionals, especially when 2D drawings don’t paint a detailed enough picture.
SketchPad for SketchUp is a sleekly designed Bluetooth keypad containing 34 of the most commonly used functions of the tool.
Punchlists are a necessary evil in the construction industry. Efficiently managing that process helps close out the project on-time. The problem, though, is that the processes of the past are time consuming and difficult to track. An app called Buildup believes they can help make your punchlist process much easier.
With construction documents going digital on many jobsites throughout the country, project managers, superintendents, foremen, and office staff need an efficient way to look at their drawings. There’s no better way to do that than a touchscreen that’s the size of a full-size set of drawings.
Every construction project has a lot of people and companies involved with it, which is why many companies employ a CRM software to help manage those relationships more efficiently.
Back in June, Milwaukee hosted its annual New Product Symposium (NPS), a media event featuring hundreds of new products that they planned to release throughout the year and Construction Junkie was in attendance. Just when we thought we were done seeing all of the new tools after several hours of presentations and hands-on time, Milwaukee threw a curveball at us.
Chances are, if you’ve ever had a smartphone, you’ve heard of Otterbox. It was one of the original rugged phone protection cases on the market and they’re available in retailers throughout the country. What you may not know, however, is that Otterbox has a case system for business solutions, which makes your phone even more useful with a host of different accessories.
Placing, bending, and tying rebar can be an extremely labor intensive process. It can also be very repetitive, which makes it a candidate for robotic automation. A relatively new construction technology startup is hoping to break into the space after raising some substantial seed funding.
For the past 5 years, construction technology company, Procore, has hosted their customers and tech enthusiasts at a multi-day conference called Groundbreak. There’s been significant growth since the events humble beginnings, not only in just attendees, but in the conference’s offerings.
This was my second time attending Groundbreak and, in case you couldn’t make it, here are the highlights of the items you missed:
If you want your construction company to be best-in-class, you need to be able to objectively measure yourself against them. To help assist with that difficult task, Autodesk has announced the release of a new self-assessment tool to measure where your company stands against your competitors based upon 7 different key performance indicators (KPIs).
Just days ahead of their annual Groundbreak conference, Procore has announced a new feature upgrade to their platform called Embedded Experience.