5 awesome tech tools for successful construction companies
Technology has its pros and cons — it can lead to role reductions but increase efficiency.
And although construction is one sector that might always require the human touch, it includes areas ripe for improvement through digital innovations.
With that in mind, here are five awesome tech tools for successful construction companies.
- Virtual Reality (VR)
Architects, designers and engineers have relied on flat 3D construction models for years to work out how their projects will look in real life.
But looking at a scale model of a bridge, shopping centre or office block on a desk or computer doesn’t enable an accurate assessment — which leads to expensive snags once building work is well underway.
VR is being adopted by specialist firms like Victaulic to solve this age-old problem. It allows staff to walk inside a built environment to see and feel whether their designs for mechanical piping and fire-protection systems are up to the job.
- Wearable tech
Wearable tech like exoskeleton suits and Augmented Reality (AR) goggles looks set to carve a foothold in the construction industry very soon.
And it should make sites safer for all workers, as well as increasing efficiency.
Exoskeletons will improve the power and precision of the human body, while protecting it from injuries.
And AR headsets from firms like Meta allow teams in different locations to collaborate on construction layouts in real-time — and quickly create prototypes for clients so that they see how their new home or business premises will look prior to physical construction.
- Automated HR
Making sure staff get paid on time, with the appropriate deductions and benefits, is fundamental to good business relations.
And construction firms who operate across different tax jurisdictions often employ expensive HR teams to cope with this admin-heavy and time-consuming task.
But outsourced payroll services can be less expensive and more accurate, so less time is spent correcting inaccuracies, and data analytics produce detailed reports allowing management to monitor useful metrics.
- Project management software
Pulling together all the work streams on a large civil engineering or architecture project and delivering results on time and to budget is no easy task.
Project management software can help to make the process more efficient at every stage by identifying problems early, reducing risks and using rich data to automatically generate high quality handover manuals for subcontractors and clients.
- Field productivity software
Large construction projects with tight timescales require regular detailed monitoring to stay on track.
And that entails daily field report being completed, collated and sent to management.
Field productivity software from niche firms like PlanGrid allows workers to fill out forms and reports on mobile devices onsite and upload them instantly so they’re easily found, analysed and shared.
This means project leads can report to clients regularly without a wasteful paper trail.
Invest in any of these five awesome tech tools for successful construction companies and impress every stakeholder involved in your next project.
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