When modern technology first became available, new mobile devices were in their infancy while using them for jobs in the construction industry was considered too risky. Indeed, early mobile technology was not something that the average employee of a construction company was usually seen with. However, at the start of the 21st century, modern mobile technology has become widespread and the construction industry is no exception. Foremen on job-sites have easy and quick access to the relevant information that they need on-site by accessing powerful tablets or smart phones.
Uses of technology
Over the decades, technology in the construction industry has generally focused on three main areas including architecture, project management and reporting for senior management. The use of technology in these sectors of the construction industry has helped to create better designs while the use of project management software has helped to schedule and plan building projects in a more accurate way. Furthermore, senior managers can access all the relevant information about a construction job to make sure that the job-sites are managed efficiently and within budget.
Many of the tasks which are undertaken on a construction site are performed multiple times every day and these can be streamlined easily through the use of mobile technology. One of the most pertinent examples of streamlining work on the job site is the documentation of field conditions which is essential for Senate (Mech and Construction). Mobile technology has removed the need for pen and paper to note down the daily conditions. Today, technology exists to add photos and comments which get uploaded automatically to a server.
Benefits of mobile technology
In addition, the duties performed on a job-site and their associated deadlines can be easily assigned or displayed while priority jobs as well as the progress of various tasks can also occur on a real-time basis. Furthermore, any required meetings or changes to a schedule become seamless as everything is shared between all team members. In addition, inspections and lists can be simplified by the organisation of this data in a simple way while photos can be exchanged keep track of work processes. Finally, through the use of mobile applications, all site data can be stored in a cloud giving simple access to everybody in the organisation. Finally, productivity can be improved through use of mobile technology on a jobsite while communications are automatically time stamped and archived which means foremen can focus on the parts of the site which may require extra budgetary or schedule changes.
Saving time and cost
By using modern technology on the construction site, significant savings can be made in an organisation through lower printing costs and extra time saved. Before mobile technology became prominent on the job-site, meetings had to be scheduled, people had to move from place to place, information had to be relayed, materials had to be distributed and progress reports had to be delivered to senior managers. These processes can now all be done with the click of a button through the use of modern technology.
Mobile devices have helped to shrink the job-site while also generating increased efficiency by replacing outdated and wasteful procedures with efficient modern technology.