The construction industry is booming—particularly heavy/highway projects. At the same time, construction is facing a skilled labor shortage that is requiring projects to be managed more effectively. There are many ways to improve this efficiency through leveraging new technology—including these three ways to enhance operations using project-management software, estimating technology, and more.
Create Efficiencies in Estimating
Perhaps one area to heighten efficiencies in the year ahead is in estimating. Too often, estimators are still using spreadsheets to create estimates and proposals—but this can be time consuming and can create inaccuracies.
Technology can help improving cost estimating and pricing—and some companies are making big announcements in this area. For instance, InEight has joined the Deltek Product Partner Marketplace. InEight Estimate integrates with Deltek Cobra and Deltek Open Plan, which accelerates project budget and schedule creation by using data from the business development and capture stages.
While this is only one example, it is a way for construction professionals can improve accuracy and efficiency in the estimating process.
Share Data from Field to Office
One key way to improve efficiencies is to streamline the flow of data from the jobsite to the office, and vice versa. A recent article in Constructech highlights that a more informed and connected jobsite may keep construction office managers and on-site workers from drowning in data transfers.
Simply put, technology can help make data sharing easier. Computer Guidance Corp., is one such company that offers a tool to tap into data. The company’s eCMS Cloud Construction ERP Software provides secure access to data so that employees can reduce the amount of time they spend on nonproductive tasks. Further, construction professionals can receive insights on demand, to position themselves for greater profitability and increased automation.
The cloud plays a key role here, as the data sent to the cloud for processing lets both the field and office staff access it immediately.
Embrace Emerging Technologies
Finally, consider leveraging cutting-edge systems that offer greater efficiencies and safety in the field. AI (artificial intelligence), robotics, AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and even mixed reality are just a few of the key advantages that technology brings to the construction community.
For instance, Neurable recently began a collaboration with Trimble to bring BCI (brain-computer interface) technology to transportation and AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industries. Neurable technology can provide hands-free and voice-free interactions and cognitive analytics on driver behavior. It can also leverage eye-tracking technology to improve training efficiency and driver safety.
While these are just a few examples, technology in general can help spur efficiency on jobsites across the world—helping keep pace with a booming industry, even amid a labor shortage.
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