I enjoyed Michael Sena’s blog post last week about one contractor’s view on why his field staff is rapidly adopting mobile technology. Something different is definitely happening out there. I recently read a study conducted for Engineer News Record magazine that showed 93 percent of construction contractors now use some sort of mobile device on their construction sites. That’s significant in and of itself but just part of the story. What amazes me are the productive ways contractors are using mobile devices and apps to make their jobs easier both in the field and in the office.
Dean Crowder Construction is a good example of what happens when you put cloud-based mobile apps in the hands of crew managers on the job site. A paving and earthwork contractor, they purchased the Sage Construction Anywhere app and eight Apple iPads for their company owners, project managers, and foremen last year.
Their first step was to configure several reports that delivered data such as updated project costs, summarized payroll information, estimates and schedules. Then the productivity really shifted into high gear. Today their foremen are never without their iPads, using their devices to access plans, snap daily job photos, and file field reports. The information they receive and provide is connected to their home office systems, so they don’t have to reenter data.
I’ve worked in the construction technology field for some time. Technology for technology’s sake just doesn’t cut it in our industry. But put a practical tool in the hands of your construction team and watch their productivity rise. One thing is certain. We haven’t begun to see all the creative ways construction professionals will find to use mobile technology.
To hear more specifics of how Dean Crowder is using mobile technology, check out this video.
How are you mobilizing your field team?
About the Author
Deb Carpenter-Beck is a writer and marketer with more than 25 years of experience in the construction and real estate industries. She often writes about technology and best practices and is passionate about helping contractors and real estate professionals achieve their business goals. You can follow her on Twitter @DebCBConstruct.