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Most people don’t think of it that way, but the act of construction is built upon technology. What seems like a very hands-on activity of building a residential or commercial building is based on a very strict set of rules — very similar to the way you consider IT solutions. Just as you wouldn’t use poor quality, unsafe tools on your building site, you also need to upgrade and optimize your office and productivity technology on a regular basis if you want your construction business to be successful. If your competitors are able to move more nimbly, quickly and accurately than your business, it’s only a matter of time before they become more attractive to your customers. Don’t miss out on new opportunities simply because your office technology is lagging a bit behind the times.
If our office operates approximately the same way that it did a decade ago with the addition of some newer computers, there might be hidden productivity solutions that could really help boost your bottom line. From oversized blueprints to the need to store large sheaves of paper, construction offices and sites have been littered with paper for generations. Today’s 3D innovations in engineering have dramatically improved not only the speed — but the quality — of construction projects. One of the key challenges facing construction crews is the amount of waste, something that is often baked into projects at up to 30 percent of the project total. Having instant access to more accurate renderings allows construction leads to shave some of the excesses from their estimates and be more competitive, especially in larger projects.
Providing rapid communication at the job site is critical, especially when you are handling massive projects and are responsible for the safety of dozens of individuals. Business systems that consolidate information and communication to a centralized location can help reduce the confusion that can accompany any large project. Project management capacities are expanded and details are less likely to be overlooked when consulting a colleague to solve a problem is only a tap away. Keeping notes on building projects and the sheer quantity of data that is captured allows for more intensive analysis that can reveal learnings that are applied to future building sites, too. Secure communication tools can also solve a key challenge for contractors: the sensitivity of intellectual property that is being shared between various parties.
Historically, architects would work off of printed models that could change dramatically over time. It was often difficult for builders to reverse-engineer exactly how to get to the specifications required by the architects, which could lead to costly rework and even issues with the structural integrity of buildings. With Building Information Modeling (BIM), 3D models are shared between stakeholders in the building project in a way that allows for more seamless collaboration. Team members are able to more easily make changes in real-time that can help reduce waste and create a more accurate analysis of time to completion of the project. With augmented reality integration, project managers or contractors are able to add notes and interact with construction areas both virtually and physically, capturing detailed photography and notes for clarification with the team. All of this enhanced functionality requires access to an ultra-fast, high-capacity network that can handle the large scope of the images and detailed design specifications that are being accessed and shared.
Technology is the cornerstone of innovation in today’s construction industry, and contractors and building suppliers need to know that they have access to the tools that they need to optimize operations and improve productivity both in the office and on the job sites. At Network Outsource, we understand the needs of New York city’s construction industry and will work closely with your team to provide the right level of IT services support for your business. Contact us today at 516-207-1889 or book your initial consultation with our team by filling out our online form.