This article was originally published to the FotoIN blog on September 10, 2015.
Construction professionals are still facing difficult challenges to ensure that projects are completed within budget, on time, and with quality control and safety guaranteed.
The industry is said to pick up by 9% to $612 billion in 2015, that's increasing the amount of work and competition for that work. Yet, many companies are still using old school methods of documenting their site work, or just now considering new technologies to help them achieve efficiencies and increase productivity.
According to the JBKnowledge Construction Technology Report for 2014, 72% of construction professionals use smartphones and 50%+ use tablets on the construction site.
The use of smartphones and tablets eliminates lugging around unnecessary equipment, increases mobility, and captures data that is much easier to manage. So how does this mobile technology help improve control of construction projects?
Here are the top 4 major benefits of using mobile technology to improve site operations:
- Increased productivity
- Real time site to office information flow
- Systems and workflow integration
- Improved management and organization
Mobile technologies help accomplish basic business tasks with greater efficiency and lower costs. One of the leading blog writers for construction technology, ConAppGuru, asks construction companies: What is more productive in today’s world?
- Option A: Printed set of plans, colored pins, digital camera, dial up connection and fax machine.
- Option B: Tablet (iPad), Smartphone (iPhone), WIFI connection and large Monitor.
Answer: it is not option A. With the construction industry's continued growth and competition intensifying the best move companies can make is to embrace mobile technology and the many solutions available to streamline workflows.