The following is a guest post written by Laurence Banville, Esq.
Laurence Banville. Esq is the managing partner and face of Banville Law. Laurence is licensed to practice law in the state of New York. Originally from Ireland, Banville moved to the United States of America where he worked at law firms, refining his litigation and brief writing crafts. He is also the recipient of the Irish Legal 100 and the Top 40 Under 40 awards.
Software is nothing new in the construction industry, as companies began using it as early as the late 1990s. However, like other types of technology, software is constantly developing. If you’re looking to maximize productivity and improve safety for your employees, using the right software can help majorly simplify the process. Whether you’re looking to begin using software for the first time or update your current system, here are some ways that software can help improve your company in 2018:
Project Management Is Easier
Construction management software can help make project management more detailed and improve communication between different types of staff members and clients. This software allows you to create your own professional RFIs, business letters, transmittals, submittals, and change requests.
This type of software helps connect all parties involved in the construction project. Project managers, clients, consultants, and subcontractors all have instant access to a wealth of information, which can be shared between parties. Construction management software also helps track budgets.
Improves Client Relationships
Using construction management software can help do wonders for your existing business relationships, helping you retain clients as well as attract new ones. Construction is slower than most other industries to begin implementing software into their everyday operations, but that is beginning to change. In addition to the numerous benefits for your operations, using this type of software also helps boost your public image.
Information Is Easily Accessible
When using construction software, all of the information for each project will be stored in the same location. This makes it easy to access any information you need in a matter of seconds. Additionally, having your information stored this way is secure and means records cannot be lost. Everything is also tracked closely, including with audit log records that show when documents were created and edited.
This makes it easy for all parties involved with a project to check for updates. Project managers can quickly access this information at any time to make sure the project is running smoothly - for example, making sure the project is within its budget and that workers have been paid accurately.
Software Can Help Protect Workers
Construction software can help with more than just project management - there are numerous benefits that apply to the subcontractors actually doing the labor to make these projects a reality.
Cloud-based project management apps can help subcontractors track all of the work they do and make sure they get compensated appropriately. In the past, it was not uncommon for construction workers to get paid unfairly because of discrepancies between the work reported and the work that was actually completed.
Construction projects often undergo several changes between the conception of the project and its final completion. Extra workers and materials may be needed, delays can happen, and various design changes can be handed down from architects and project managers. Construction software can track every detail of every project, helping everything run more smoothly from project management to physical labor. No matter how much a project may change, these cloud-based apps can ensure that all subcontractors and laborers are paid in full.