Mobile Construction — The new beginning
Mobile technology, as we know it today, is a revolutionary concept. Modern smartphones have been around for just over a decade, this was then followed by apps and tablets. As devices continue to advance, we use them often in our daily lives, their application in construction is also growing. The mobile devices are better adapted to the tough conditions in the industry. By walking onto any construction workplace these days, it is common to see the use of mobile technology. Whether its workers clocking in with mobile timecards, a foreman filing daily reports with his smartphone, or a project manager reviewing plans and specs on a tablet during a site visit, mobile technology is making a huge impact on the Jobsite.
It certainly makes an impact for the building professionals to integrate mobile technology into their workflows. Professionals are always on the go between the office, the job sites, stakeholder meetings and attending pre-booked conferences. It is crucial to have the ability to access the tools and the information to get the job done wherever you are. There are solutions to help manage every aspect of a construction project starting from pre-construction activities to scheduling and from managing operations to reporting of work, there is a solution out there to help streamline the processes and improve productivity. In order to ensure accuracy and authenticity, it allows the information to flow in real-time and documents can be recorded with date and time stamps along with GPS location data and digital signatures. There are devices and protectors that are designed to prevent damage from water and dust, screens that are easier to see in bright daylight and industry-specific applications like barcode scanners and RFID readers that can be used to track equipment and materials.
Minimizing paperwork with electronic reporting can save hundreds of hours per year in redundant data entry of information and automatically organizes critical files. Data could easily be communicated and collaborated thereby increasing productivity and efficiency. In construction the mobile interface has multiple applications, one such use could be to submit documents for approvals immediately. This is already being done at Yovza, the web-based platform allows any device to make use of its tools. A person can view the progress of the project and approve any requests and track any document in the approval workflow. You can also create Gantt charts which help in tracking the progress of the project or task. And since it’s cloud-based, the documents are stored and safe from human errors like deletion.
Mobile has a wide scope of application in the construction industry, being able to adapt and leverage the power of technology would eventually lead to keep an edge over the competition.