Modernizing A Construction Business With The Help Of Information Technology

Steven Penland   September 22, 2015   Comments Off on Modernizing A Construction Business With The Help Of Information Technology

Construction business is a flourishing business idea these days for many. With the advancement of technology and science, the world has turned out to be a place with a large number of high rises, multi – storied buildings, huge flyovers, vast highways etc. Construction of each one of these require dedicated and detailed planning for resources, fool proof layout, dividing and allocating the work into many small and big modules, supervision of each and every module to measure the work progress, estimating costs, budgeting, co – ordination of various departments, putting deadlines and a lot more.

From the beginning of any project till its completion, a lot of planning, delegation and control are required. Thus, construction firms these days depend on some Construction Management Software. It is a Project Management Tool for construction professionals. Such a kind of software ensure increased efficiency of projects and accountability of the people involved in the projects, by providing transparency of communication and project documentation. They also enable the construction professionals to collaborate on projects from any device connected to the internet, by providing access to all project related documents, RFIs, contracts, drawings, schedules etc.

How to figure out the role of software of construction management does?

Any Construction Management Software that supports the five key functions of a Construction business is regarded as an efficient one. The five key functions are:

 

• Planning

• Scheduling

• Resource allocation

• Communication

• Documentation

Planning: This is the very basic step of any construction work. Firstly the contractors have to know properly the client requirements so that it is easy to plan for all the human as well as product resources that will be necessary to complete the project. The software used by the contractor should reflect the blue print of the project plan and accordingly generate the values of the required resources.

Scheduling: Once the planning is over, next step is scheduling. The software should guide the contractor on decision making regarding dividing and scheduling the work modules on the basis of time, availability of resources (both human and material), length of the work and a number of other factors.
Allocation of resources: The software also should help the contractor to keep track of and assign human as well as material resources on time.

Communication: There should be work centers and specialized hubs for communicating between the team members and the software should enable access of and sharing of various documents like circulars among all those who are involved in the project. The software should ease the communication of decision making with regard to forecast of time and cost to complete, budget overruns, revised specifications, unanswered RFIs etc.

Documentation tracking: Tracking of submittals and transmittals, daily logs, project meetings and punch lists, manage important documents including change orders, sub contracts etc., and also have to be supported by efficient software.