How Technology Is Streamlining The Preconstruction Process
There was a time that contractors have no choice, but to go through piles of paperwork just to be able to review and perform preconstruction tasks, such as collecting bids from the subcontractor, quantity takeoffs, assessing vendor qualifications, communicating with the owner, and many more.
With technology, going paperless is the new trend, as contractors and project managers are encouraged to use various software that could help them with their projects.
Here’s how technology is streamlining the preconstruction process.
Using the Most Latest Digital Tools
If the construction industry would only learn how to take advantage of the digital tools available, then there’s no doubt how it could dramatically improve this sector. For one, it’s going to reduce the occurrence of costly mistakes and expensive backtracking.
There are several software available in the market, and most of which digitize processes, such as giving estimates and bidding. Most of all, it also facilitates communication among those who are involved.
These apps and software could also ensure that all parties– ranging from clients, managers, supervisors, and stakeholders are on the same page and have agreed on the same thing. This transparency promotes collaboration, and it also lessens the risk of misunderstanding among everyone else.
It is something that has been lifting the barriers that were traditionally there. As what experts believe in, if it’s actually possible to throw it on the screen through the use of such tools, then it’s also possible to filter it down into ideal pieces, and would lead to a stronger understanding that clients would appreciate.
Furthermore, even workflows and punch lists have also switched to the digital realm. Now, it’s easier to keep track of every stage of the project.
Wherein, once a specific part of the project is done, then it would automatically move on to the next corresponding item. This would save you time from planning in advance.
With this kind of tools and information present in a unified central platform, managers would be able to keep track of the project and make necessary adjustments. This information can also be stored in the cloud and is readily accessible anytime, anywhere.
The Use of Drones in the Construction Site
Drones are being utilized at construction sites all over the world during the preconstruction process, and this gives the construction managers a bird’s-eye view of the work site.
Through this, they’ll be able to determine if there are possible issues and even come up with a detailed 3D survey that could be done way faster than how humans can. No wonder why more and more companies are using drones in the work site, and there will come a time that human workers won’t have to perform site surveys anymore because drones will do this instead.
Even with getting preconstruction tasks completed right away, drones can be quite helpful as well. The only problem is that, as of the moment, no one has fully developed a unified software platform capable of bringing the full suite of tools, as well as applications together.
However, once this becomes possible, there will be a little room for error, and everyone on the construction site will significantly benefit from this. BIM also ensures that stakeholders will be able to see the project while it’s in construction, and it would show the necessary tweaks and additions that should be executed. Costly mistakes would lessen as problems will be fixed right there and then.
Here are some of the ways on how to use technology to streamline the construction process for your project:
Using Electronic Processes to Boost Efficiency
With technology, the use of electronic processes as a means to boost efficiency isn’t something unusual. Nowadays, contractors can quickly bid on a project that would need to be printed and distributed to everyone.
Additionally, technological advancements have made it possible to work and use various online software systems that could make the bidding processes digitally and updated. Contractors can finally bid goodbye to hour-long meetings, as well as distributing costly documents. Everything happens digitally.
Even the safety in the work site is guaranteed. Traffic devices are being highly advanced and embedded with sensors that even orange cones are being developed in a way where they can easily send alerts or also communicate with those who are in charge during an emergency situation, while being able to notify the rest of the workers, residents, and motorists.