Saving Time and Money With Construction Software

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Too many of us think construction software costs money (it does) but it doesn’t make money or even save money (untrue). Remember, time is money, whether it’s your time, project workers’ or your office staffs’. Everyone’s time is valuable and (almost) everyone’s time has a price.

Construction Software Can Reduce Miscommunications

The one seriously underrated area construction software can improve is communication. The majority of our mistakes and expensive, time-wasting errors leading to do-overs involve miscommunication in construction. (Miscommunication includes failure to respond; 78% of your emails to project teams aren’t read until it’s “too late.”)

SMS and texting radically improve read-and-respond times. And much of this could be resolved with construction software that sends real-time updates and alerts.

Admin Manual Entry: High Margin of Error

Many of us feared automation would cut jobs. We quickly learned that boring, repetitious manual entry and spreadsheet maintenance could be reduced and/or eliminated with construction software. And our administrative personnel would be free to concentrate on more profitable areas, like workflow management, marketing and program development.

However, operating several software systems for different areas of construction project management is yet another problem. It often calls for data entry duplication – again increasing the margin of error – and can divide office staff into software specialists in one area while being untrained in another, or worse: an entire team with varying levels of software competency.

Explore Software Solutions

You’ve heard of “seamless integration.” That means there are ways to retain the information your older software system(s) contain while upgrading to more efficient construction software solutions. We encourage you to explore the possibilities for your company to save time and money. Stay abreast of the ongoing evolution in construction management software.

Construction Monitor can’t claim to be the construction software expert. There are many great companies offering solid business management solutions that work for any size construction company. That’s why we share what we’ve learned about construction automation without favoring one company over another.

However, there is one company’s construction-industry software we feel is the best for saving money and making money. Just ask us. Call 800.925.6085 (International/435.586.1205) or contact Construction Monitor.

Leveraging Construction Lifecycle Data

Construction Lifecycle Data

Organizing and retaining projects’ construction lifecycle data has become increasingly complex. Autodesk says construction projects now involve more people, but that doesn’t necessarily mean more people on the payroll. It could mean more people in the loop.

By the time a typical construction project is complete,
up to 30 percent of data has been lost…
Autodesk

Different people use different software to capture project analytics. Architects have creative software. Engineers incorporate health and safety into design. And the project itself has yet another software application.

That’s where we’re losing it – literally. Construction lifecycle data is misplaced during handoffs. This is a major problem because retaining all information from the design/build phases is critical. The right software captures the entire project, start to finish, and makes handovers seamless and efficient.

What’s Included in Construction Lifecycle?

We need everyone involved in the project to be able to view the same data in real-time. Too many types of software used during handoffs mean we may be compromising information:

  • 2D drawings
  • 3D engineering data
  • Asset/equipment information
  • Daily logs
  • Financial data
  • Meeting minutes
  • Project documentation, reports, schedules
  • Requests for Information (RFIs)
  • Submittals

…and more.

Connectivity within our construction software applications is key. Construction projects using older software systems require the GC to organize the data and documentation. This is not only time-consuming, but it also puts the GC between the data and its original owner. “Connected construction” means data owners owner can access all information at every stage:

  1. Design
  2. Plan
  3. Build
  4. Operate

 …without requesting permission from the GC.

For a competitive edge, you need a reputation for time and money efficiency. You’d like to be known as the kind of project manager that is on top of everything. Construction project GCs/managers leveraging construction lifecycle data can put an end to lost-data transfers and runaround hassles.

If you haven’t checked into lifecycle construction software platforms, it’s an investment that can make your life easier.

Leveraging Construction Monitor Data

The lead-generating information we deliver is being used by your competitors. Find out how you too can leverage building permit analytics to build business. Speak with one of our marketing pros to learn more.

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Managing Construction Safety With Software

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There’s been a lot of speculation and discussion about this year’s evolution of the construction industry. We’re going to grow more, spend more, do more in 2022 than we have in a long time. We’re facing many challenges, too, but the one thing we know for sure is: It could be worse. Much worse. Our technology investments will impact construction safety in 2022.

Construction Technology, Software Investments in the Field

A 2022 industry outlook study revealed construction industry companies are poised to invest more in software and construction technology this year. Construction technology impacts onsite project construction safety:

  • AI – Artificial intelligence software on job sites prevents accidents by providing real-time monitoring of safety risks.
    • Power gloves can reduce hand injuries due to overuse by providing artificial – but effective – strength to workers’ grips.
    • Smart hard hats – You know what it feels like: Microsleep is when you’re not asleep but not fully awake. Smart hard hats can detect brain waves and reduce the risks of injury to workers.
    • Wearables/virtual reality sensors mounted on equipment features allow smart boots to sound an alert if a worker is dangerously at-risk.
  • Data collection – This software performs safety analyses and equipment conditions.
  • Drones – Safety and security can be monitored and managed in real-time.

Environment, Health, and Safety Software

Research from Liberty Mutual found that non-fatal injuries cost
companies more than $1 billion per week
. –Construction Dive

Environment, health, and safety (EHS) management software tracks trends and performance, risks, and challenges so project managers can make knowledge-based decisions. This software also makes staying in compliance with constantly changing safety regulations easier:

  • Mobile-device friendly views
  • Onsite data is accessible by every level of management
  • OSHA/other regulatory standards captured; easier auditing processes
  • Safety reporting is faster/easier

Before You Buy: Ask Questions

Follow our 9 Questions To Ask When Seeking Construction Software when you consider this year’s software investment. Add to those questions: How will this software reduce risk and increase construction safety?

If you have questions about Construction Monitor’s software results for your company, contact a Construction Monitor marketing professional.

Project Starter Software for Your Construction Business

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You’ve received a Notice to Proceed. That means your project bid was accepted. Now what? Pype, Inc.* is a software-as-a-service provider and says Autodesk® is your construction business foundation for starting a new project.

5 Steps To Kickoff Construction Business Projects

You are excited and maybe a little bit nervous. Well, your client feels the same. Your first response to the Notice to Proceed can set the tone for your working relationship, start to finish. The client wants reassurance you were the right choice. And you want to quickly earn your client’s trust.

The eBook Strong Foundations outlines five steps you can follow for smoother project flow:

1. The Preconstruction Meeting

Schedule your preconstruction meeting for 1-2 days after receipt of the Notice to Proceed. This is your first step in managing expectations and defining project goals. If possible, give everyone a copy of the agenda. Then introduce everybody and mention key players that are absent.

2. Submittal Schedule

The submittals are your information documents for architects and design professionals. “Every piece of equipment, material types…details such as the exact color of paint need to be reviewed and approved via submittals,” says Autodesk.com.

3. Submittal Log

The submittal log is even more detailed than the submittal schedule and is an ongoing reference throughout the project lifecycle. It includes inspections and tests, QA/QC requirements, and more. Example columns are:

  • Notified subcontractor
  • Subcontractor response
  • Approved by GC
  • Submitted to design team
  • Returned:
    • Approved
    • Rejected
    • Revised

4. Submittal Review

Traditional spreadsheet submittals were breeding grounds for human error. Automation has made this process easier and more accurate. As soon as you develop submittals, move them on to the design team. Prioritize according to timelines or urgency.

5. Risk Mitigation

Best practices can prevent mistakes and minimize reworks. But risk mitigation software uses “cutting-edge algorithms” to scan specs and submittal requirements quickly. Based on industry best practices, the software can reveal missing pieces and unmet requirements.

Software That Creates Construction Business

Construction Monitor endorses all software applications that improve construction business quality and increase profits. Our company was one of the first to share software data based on building permits. We knew then – and we know now – the data analytics we generate can win bids and generate leads for your construction business.

Ask us how; we’re still excited about what our business can do for your construction business.
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*Construction Monitor does not recommend nor endorse any Brand of construction business software (except our own).

Must-Have Construction Technology for Your Company

Construction Technology

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is nothing new. The acronym was probably coined around the 1880s when protective eyewear was patented. Actually, PPEs have been around for centuries; we have always protected our hands with glove-like coverings when necessary.

Mask-wearing has become politicized, but businesses – including construction industry-related businesses – don’t have the luxury of choice. We are duty-bound to protect our workplaces, employees, and customers.

We’re already looking at 1Q 2021 and wondering if it’s going to be more of the same. At least IoT (Internet of Things) technology is going to give us construction technology to track PPEs. In any instance where diligence is a good idea, being able to prove due diligence can save your business.

Construction Technology: Contact Tracing Tools

One of the new tasks surrounding the pandemic is contact tracing. You’ll issue and/or post jobsite guidance for distancing. And if a case of COVID-19 is suspected to be jobsite-related, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) have guidelines for reporting, tracking, and monitoring infected individuals.

We recommend you read Guidelines for the Implementation and Use of Digital Tools to get an idea of what may be required at your end.

Construction Technology Software

IoT technology has been utilized for the better part of a decade and is proving to help improve safety, lower risk, and give management and workers the peace of mind needed…
ConstructionDive.com

Supervisors will have a greater responsibility to maintain the accountability of employees. There are software apps that can give you a real-time “picture” of every employee’s location on a jobsite. You can view bottlenecks and problem areas and address issues immediately.

Proximity Trace™* alerts workers if they get too close to each other. Information is stored, so if there is a COVID-19 incident, employees don’t have to use their memories to reconstruct where they were and with whom they interacted on any given day.

Construction Monitor for Real-Time Data Analytics

If you receive weekly reports from Construction Monitor, you’re already utilizing a powerful construction technology tool. Have you heard the phrase, “Use it or lose it?” That’s exactly what happens to business development if you don’t use the information we provide.

Call 800.925.6085 (International/435.586.1205) or contact us today. We want to know where you want to build.

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*Construction Monitor does not endorse nor recommend any software brand for use in construction technology applications.

9 Questions to Ask When Seeking Construction Software

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We believe the best business development tool for construction industry companies is ours. We have the best data, pre-sorted, and customized for your business and your locale. But to stay alive in today’s techno-business environment, you need additional construction software.

2020 Construction Software Ratings

After it’s said and done, business is business, whether it’s a hot dog stand or a Big 6 corporation. The construction industry is unlike any other. Construction software for operational management should target our needs.

Out of 474 software reviews, many received 4.5 stars and should not be discounted. Here are 50 (of 83) ratings, according to reviews for this year’s 5-star construction software:

Neo Intelligence
CrewTracks
Slenke
K-Ops
Power Tools
Spitfire
Job Dox
Cordell Estimator Platinum
Site2Site
PCS
Construction Inspector
CM Fusion
Bizns Tool Subcontractor Software
Infinitrac
SnapSuite
WenPlan
Site Specs
BOCS
Fresh Projects
onsite.solutions
Fieldly
Mobilengine
Expo-Net
iZak
Riskcast
Realtraker
ONETEAM
Glaass
Samson
TruckIT
Breez Workforce
Copronet
ProPlanner
zbuilder
Breinz
SiteSupervisor
BuilderConsole
eBUILD ERP
Vitruvi
Ed Controls
Goldenseal
Consysa
SmartUse
TradeSoft
CommittedCost
BuildMetric
ClickHome
Hit-Office
Sergeant Schedule
TopBuilder

Nine Questions: Construction Software

Do several comparisons before choosing your construction software. First, define what you most need: project cost estimator, accounts receivable/payable, employee, or equipment tracking? Identify where you need to save time and money. If you are out of control in one or more areas of business operations, make a “where-we’re-losing-it” list.

You don’t have to be an IT (integrated technology) pro, but if you yourself don’t understand the questions, do your homework (or consult the nearest 14-year-old kid). Here are nine questions to ask software vendors:

  1. Can I contact some of your customers?
  2. Can you help us with training and technical support?
  3. Did you develop the solution in-house or did you piece it together from other sources?
  4. Does your software integrate with my old software?
  5. How often will I have to “upgrade?”
  6. Is your software open-source or unified?
  7. What’s the cost of ongoing service and technical support?
  8. Will my – and my clients’ – information be secure?
  9. Will the construction software quickly adapt to industry trends?

Construction Monitor offers BI (business intelligence) for any organization looking to grow. Contact us now with questions about our statistics for lead generation.
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*Construction Monitor does not recommend nor endorse any Brand of business management software.

How to See an ROI from Your Telematic System Faster

construction technologyA telematic system gives you the data you need to manage your equipment in more cost-effective ways, but there’s a learning curve to using one. By investing some time in planning how you’ll use yours, you’ll start enjoying the full benefits of a telematic system as soon as possible.

Set Clear Goals

Raw data won’t help you much if don’t know how you’re going to use it. Start defining your goals for using your telematic system by listing eight to 10 improvements you could make using the data.

Then focus in on the top three opportunities you want to take advantage of right now. Any more than that and you risk spreading your efforts too thin or getting tied up in unnecessary complexity. Once you’ve achieved your goals with those opportunities, move on to the next.

Choose an Experienced, Responsive Provider

When you’re choosing a telematic system provider, take your time to investigate each company. Find out how long they’ve been in business, who their clients are, and how many telematic boxes they’re managing.

Talk with them enough to get a feel for their level of expertise. A provider should be able to explain the benefits of a telematic system in plain English and help you understand how to use the data to improve cost savings, safety and efficiency. If they can only throw jargon and statistics at you, it’s a sign they don’t truly understand what they’re talking about.

Put Someone in Charge

It’s all too easy to collect data without actually using it to make improvements. To make sure valuable information is put to use, assign one or two people to the job of implementing your telematic project.

Your field workers are ideally positioned to make use of the data, but first they need to get it in a format they can understand. The job of analyzing data, creating reports, and getting information to the right people in the field should be the primary responsibility of at least one person.

For more guidance on realizing the full benefits of a telematic system, contact us at Construction Monitor.

Choosing the Right Construction Project Management Software

The right construction project management software can reduce errors and delays, cut costs, and improve safety. Not all software packages suit all companies, though. Understanding your needs makes choosing project management software for your construction company a lot easier.

choosing project management software for your construction companyConsider Your Size

First, consider the type of projects your company usually undertakes. Project management software programs that work just fine for small jobs such as renovating homes aren’t necessarily well suited for larger projects such as constructing an office building and hospitals.

Also, consider how many people will use the software at once. Some programs allow a limited number of user profiles. In addition, look for software that’s scalable so that it can accommodate your company’s growth.

Get the Essentials Covered

Most companies will want a cloud-based solution with strong mobile performance that allows workers on the job site to communicate seamlessly in real time with project managers in the office.

For optimal efficiency, look for software that allows integration, which links your project management software with your other systems, such as your BMI, accounting, and email software. Not all solutions offer true integration, but rather rely on data bridges, which only make more work for your IT team. If you can’t use all the software’s features without more help from your IT staff, look for another option.

Know Which Features You Need

The final step in choosing project management software for your construction company is prioritizing the features that are important to you. The primary reason to choose software designed specifically for the construction industry is that it offers features most project management software doesn’t. Among the features to look for are:

  • Communication
  • Document management
  • Scheduling
  • Cost estimation
  • Proposal and bid management
  • Team management
  • Materials and equipment tracking
  • Incident reporting

Beyond these, look for capabilities you and your team would find especially useful. You might want software that can automatically create your schedule based on your estimate or that can track your employee’s training compliance.

For more guidance on choosing project management software for your construction company, contact Construction Monitor today.

 

3 of the Best Apps for Your Jobsite

By saving time and reducing error, mobile technology lets construction professionals boost profits while keeping their clients happier. Getting the greatest benefit out of a mobile device requires choosing the right construction apps, and there are a few that stand out above the rest.

construction appsConstruction Manager

Some half-million construction professionals use this app to keep their entire team informed in an accurate and timely manner. The Job Estimator function allows contractors to calculate cost estimates directly on site. The cost of materials, equipment use, and labor is all taken into account.

Using the Daily Report and Maintenance Log functions, workers can easily file all project-related information from the field. The result is a consistent, detailed record of the project’s daily progress that makes it easy to spot any developing problems and prevent delays. The speed and simplicity of record-keeping means less risk of lost paperwork and forgotten details.

PlanGrid

PlanGrid is a project collaboration app that lets everyone on the team share and contribute to the project from any location. Boasting an exceptionally fast blueprint viewer, the app lets team members get down to business instead of hassling with slow-rendering plans.

Markups and notes instantly sync, so users can always access the current set of plans. They’ll receive instant notification when a change is made, allowing them to review and share their input immediately. The app organizes project photos by automatically tagging and archiving them, so all team members can quickly find the photos they need.

Synchroteam

One of the greatest benefits of construction apps is their ability to keep track of everyone working on the project no matter where they are. Using Synchroteam, managers can schedule and dispatch workers with a simple drag-and-drop, and can track current jobs at a glance. Work orders are easy to review for information such as location and equipment required. The app sends notifications for new and rescheduled jobs, reducing the risk of jobs being left undone.

To learn more about how construction apps make contractors’ lives easier, contact us at Construction Monitor.

3 Trends Impacting the Construction Industry in 2016

In the latter part of 2015, construction industry professionals should take some time to look forward at the trends in the construction industry that are likely to affect them in 2016. Being ready for new developments can help builders, company owners, and contractors prepare for opportunities that might arise with little advance warning. Here is a brief outline of three of those trends that could make 2016 a productive year.

  1. Sustainability: Environmental consciousness and trends in the construction industry“green” construction remain a major consideration for many builders and their customers. This trend shows little sign of declining in 2016. Many construction clients are urging (or requiring) builders and contractors to use recycled materials or proven sustainable materials that can be easily renewed. Interest is growing in sustainability factors such as zero-energy homes that produce all the energy used within the home. Energy conservation is also becoming more popular, and in response high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, LED lighting and other efficient lighting equipment, and low-flow plumbing fixtures and water conservation processes will be installed more frequently.
  2. Micro-apartments: The trend of “small living” in micro-apartments, and to a further extent, in tiny homes, is expected to expand in 2016. These very small living spaces provide all the basic amenities but in a dramatically reduced space, sometimes just a few hundred square feet. Micro-apartments offer residents a less expensive dwelling option in high-demand areas, such as downtowns and popular urban sites. Tiny houses, in contrast, provide small individual homes that can easily be moved to places where the residents can live with few restrictions.
  3. New technologies: Technology will continue to advance and, as it does so, it will have an effect on the construction industry. Efficiency will be improved through better communication via smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. Important data, such as drawings, materials lists, and contracts, will be immediately available through construction management software.

Trend-watchers can count on Construction Monitor to provide the latest and most accurate information on construction industry developments. Contact us today for more information on trends in the construction industry that are likely to have a widespread impact in 2016.