Smartphones and tablets put limitless information and resources at our fingertips, which is why job site professionals are becoming more efficient than ever before. Keep reading to learn how mobile devices are revolutionizing the construction industry.
Increased mobility, simplified project management
Thanks to devices like smartphones and tablets, contractors can capture and manage data more easily. Cloud technology and countless mobile apps help managers stay on schedule and within budget. (We’ve pinpointed some helpful project management apps here.)
With mobile devices, documentation, photos, project plans and other pieces of information are easily stored and backed up. This data is also capable of being accessed by multiple devices, which means:
- More crew transparency
- Real-time authorization capabilities
- Improved process flow
- Better accuracy for inventory and materials
- Easier scheduling and field reporting
- Fewer delays
- On-site signature capturing
- Easier (and quicker) customer payments
- No more lost paperwork
Check out this example of mobile-based project management from PlanGrid:
Improved safety compliance
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The national fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than that of all other industries.
Safety is paramount at every job site. Mobile devices help boost safety by making it easier for construction managers to track training sessions, ensure regulatory compliance and report incidents or near-misses.
Additionally, customizable mobile apps make it easier for contractors to conduct safety inspection checklists, as well as identify health and environmental issues.
Communication is crucial for every job site. Executives, managers, supervisors and crew members must – to a certain degree – be accessible to one another to streamline operations.
It’s all about communicating quickly and efficiently in order to get real-time responses. No more calling back and forth between the office and job site. See an example of mobile-based communication solutions in this video by FieldLens:
More accountability and reduced human error
It’s important for managers to know what their workers are doing at all times. With mobile devices, supervisors can utilize GPS and other features to track employees and their time on the job. They can also better track equipment and inventory.
With so many details to keep track of, construction managers are at an increased risk of human error. But when mobile devices replace manual systems, it’s easier to keep the entire business organized and free of mistakes.