The construction industry is changing at a rapid pace. While it faces many challenges, it is well on its way to overcoming them with the aid of remote technology. The industry was affected by changes in the economy in the last several years and has adapted to the use of remote technology in order to save money and increase productivity. Technology has revolutionized the way daily construction work is carried out.
While many workers and contractors are reluctant to move away from the old-school methods of communicating, designing, and storing files, 80% of construction professionals say that mobile technology is a high priority for them and 4 out of 5 professionals surveyed said that they currently use some type of mobile technology (esub.com). Remote technology in the construction industry provides many benefits including better and more effective communication, an increase in productivity, integration with existing systems, information transferring, and a strong ROI. An added benefit to implementing mobile technology use to the construction industry, is the opportunity for more millennials to enter the field.
Remote technology on the construction site includes devices such as:
The shift to remote integration is providing construction companies with benefits that paper products and office desktop methods can’t provide. Using paper on the job site can become a hassle when outdoor conditions get in the way. Finding a dry spot to roll out a blueprint during or after a rainfall or relying on handwriting to read precise measurements and instructions can be tricky and time consuming. Why not solve those issues with one handy device? Using a tablet filled with all the apps necessary to carry out the tasks on hand will save you from all of that hassle.
Drone technology is a newly adapted technology feature in the construction industry. Using drones allows you to see your job site from a bird’s eye view. Drones are able to reach higher risk places that may be unsafe for large machines and humans. Footage captured from drones can be compared to existing blueprints and provide new and accurate measurements for any changes that need to be made. Drones save time and money by doing all the hard work for you while you collect the footage and information.
Mobile apps on remote devices are a helpful tool to have on hand. You can download an app on your tablet or smartphone for nearly anything you need to get the job done effectively without the hassle that comes with paper or the desktop.
Several well reviewed apps exist currently to optimize daily tasks in the construction industry. Apps exist for all types of services including daily reports, blueprints, time sheets, file storing, and measurements. Instead of using binders, sing in sheets, or notepads to record data, store files, and track employee hours, apps are a much more efficient way to do all of this without carrying around all of those extra materials.
Communication on the job site is key to connecting and sharing data between offices, project managers, and workers in the field. By simply storing files and data on a remote device, everyone is able to see updated information in real time. This means that managers are able to give input and solutions while field workers are able to request more information. The use of remote technology to build stronger connections, obtain accurate data, and increase productivity, is paving the road for the future of construction.