Anyone who works in construction knows the challenges of ensuring project efficiency. At any given time, multiple teams are handling multiple projects. Documents for review and approval are constantly being sent back and forth. Colleagues, stakeholders and team members are trying to keep themselves in the loop and up to date. Budgets are being monitored. Equipment, schedules, and progress are being tracked.
That’s a lot of moving parts to keep an eye on.
Although it might be argued that traditional methods of project management still work in construction today, most systems and processes being used are tedious and time-consuming. The industry, as you might have noticed, is evolving at a very rapid pace. Despite current methods already being tried and tested, changing building techniques and evolving trends are demanding more from the tools and systems, construction companies use today.
To that end, the prospect of using technology becomes a very promising option for organizations looking to maintain their competitive advantage and achieve operational excellence. In fact, the construction industry has been cited by Inc. for its rapid adoption of cloud apps. However, it also begs the question—is your company ready for a construction project management software?
To answer this question, considering the following points:
1. Does your team use multiple platforms to communicate?
Having numerous communication options may not seem like such a bad thing for a business that requires constant communication. However, too many options can make it difficult for team members to define a clear method or process of communication. This often leads to missed messages that can significantly impact a project.
If your team still has to rely on multiple and disparate communication platforms to reach out to one another, then you might want to consider streamlining everything using a construction management software (CMS).
2. Do you often find different departments falling behind and missing critical updates and information about a project?
One of the biggest challenges of running a construction project is that different and geographically dispersed departments and teams are dependent on the timely and consistent delivery of information and updates about a project. If you find your on-site team having to constantly rely on unfinished documents, outdated plans, or acting on inaccurate information, then you definitely need a CMS.
A CMS can easily gather all the necessary paperwork and documentation and house it online. This allows everyone to easily access and update the information while keeping all the team members in the loop. This not only ensures everyone is up to date, but it also minimizes the possibility of errors and rework.
3. Do your employees find it hard to monitor and verify project progress?
Transparency is critical for all industries, but most especially for construction. Given the volume of equipment, materials, and documentation that workers deal with, it’s hard to monitor everything if there’s no systematized way to track progress. If you’re still tracking progress and ensuring transparency using nothing but spreadsheets, then it’s time to automate the process to ensure better transparency in your company.
With a CMS, data such as schedules, equipment, material tracking, and reporting can be updated in real-time. This gives project managers and top line executives more insight into project progress, from the ground up.
Construction is an industry that is notorious for being resistant to change. However, the obvious need for old systems and processes to be replaced in the interest of efficiency can’t be denied. If you’re considering implementing a CMS to address the current challenges in your construction company and achieve operational excellence, get in touch with us and find out how PASKR can help!