Stephen McMenzie, Account Manager at Ed Controls UK, a branch of Dutchview IT, explores the digital transformation of the construction industry and the benefits of adopting mobile snagging, defect management, and quality control tools and softwares
Technology is revolutionising the way we work. Nowhere is this more clear than in the construction industry – a sector that has traditionally been slow to adopt tech-led innovations.
But things are beginning to change. Project managers, construction company owners, site supervisors, and other construction workers are embracing the use of 3D models, building information modelling (BIM), and even virtual reality to increase and improve productivity.
Technological advancement is without doubt helping to improve construction processes, streamline efforts, and overall outcomes.
Mobile and digital tools are one set of technologies enabling construction managers and workers to oversee projects remotely and improve collaborative working with colleagues and clients.
On almost every construction project, it is inevitable that problems will occur from time to time. However, there are digital tools available to help you flag these issues quickly and efficiently – and even prevent them from happening in the first place.
Technology to boost productivity
Digitalisation has revolutionised industries across the globe, one of the greatest benefits being the use of online tools to boost productivity.
Snagging, defect management, and quality control apps have huge potential to make work life more manageable and convenient. These apps substitute all your paperwork and spreadsheets with a simplistic, efficient digital construction management tool that conserves time and money.
Contractors and project managers agree that user-friendly project management software makes all the necessary information available to the right people in a clear, quick, and efficient manner on any device.
Snagging defects and potential issues can be identified easily and digitally.
Snagging can be managed, completed, analysed, and priced efficiently – meaning errors are reduced and projects delivered in a timely and effective manner.
These digital tools free up your time by allowing you to work smarter, not harder – utilising mobile technology to change the way you work for the better.
Collaborative working and clear communication
From 3D printing to virtual reality and machine learning, technological advancement enables us to do our work and live our lives better, if we use it correctly.
Of course, we can overcomplicate things. One of the key benefits of the absolute best snagging apps is the ease of use. These enable even closer and better collaboration between contracts and project managers, site supervisors, and other people involved in the project – especially useful on large, complex projects with multiple partners and stakeholders.
At any time and from any location, you can issue tickets and assign responsibilities and tasks to specific individuals. This way, you know who is accountable for each task. And you can track and manage the progress of each task at any time to ensure that the work gets done.
You can quickly and accurately carry out audits, inspections, and quality checks digitally and on location. We know health and safety is a key issue in the industry so quality data and information is critical to keeping people and projects safe.
Thanks to quality management system software, all collected information is made permanently available, along with the automatically generated inspection reports.
Digital documentation at your fingertips
In recent years, digital technologies have become integral to our society – shaping and transforming every aspect of our lives. For most of us currently, we effectively own a built-in, readily accessible digital library at our fingertips.
The tools allow you to record instructions and action points digitally and easily assign them to the responsible individual with a photo, location, and description.
Face-to-face contact and personal touch will forever be vital in any industry – and it is essential on construction sites. Yet, technology can add value and productivity to construction projects of all shapes and sizes.
Digital snagging, defect management, and quality control software assists construction users across the world to produce projects efficiently, cost-effectively, and defect-free.
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