Six years ago we blogged about construction issues related to miscommunication. Three years later, our industry lost $31.3 billion to rework caused by miscommunication. Thanks to technology, we have continued to perfect construction processes, but project managers still spend about 4 hours/week on miscommunications, including poorly documented data.
Clearly, communications rank high among the construction processes upon which we should focus. But technology continues to provide ways for us to reduce errors and rework.
Construction Processes, Management: An Automated Alternative
How do you gain insight into a process that’s frequently long, complex, and expensive? How do you measure progress, enforce QA/QC, share insights, promote collaboration, and create a single source of truth? –Construction Dive
Project progress reports are another form of communication. In addition to being informative, they reassure stakeholders and inspire confidence in backers. Using 360-degree visuals as a management tool provides insight into the realities of each construction project.
- Minimizing project costs
- Reducing project site risks
- Winning more work (see: “making more money”)
Using 3D visuals isn’t new technology. But incorporating them into a management software platform is “new and improved” among construction processes. This can save days – not just hours – in construction design alone.
As-built documentation can:
Enhance progress management – “In the old days, if you spotted an issue, you went to the engineer with an RFI. It might take a couple of days to get an answer back.” Days are reduced to hours.
- Improve productivity and work quality – Stakeholders can view digital models and as-built at the same time.
- Improve safety protocols – One project dog/camera (aka “Spot”) roams the project site making 360° videos. This provides transparency, increases onsite safety, and offers investors another avenue of risk management.
- Minimize project costs – Yes, it’s an investment. But it’s an investment that pays off.
- Slant project bids in your favor (win more work/make more money) – Delivers better scope of work and adds trust as a bidding factor, making your company more competitive.
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Technologies like BIM (business information modeling), VDC (virtual design and construction), and the software platforms that deliver them appear to have measurable ROI (return on investment). In fact, if you’ve invested in construction industry-specific software that didn’t deliver what you hoped, we’d be interested in your feedback.
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