Cloud and mobile technology in construction management
While many people are familiar with cloud-based storage for their personal use — including storing files, photos, music, videos, etc. — mobile and cloud-based technologies have also impacted the construction management industry.
“The best construction managers take advantage of cloud and mobile technology construction management software,” says Michael Wilber, consulting construction manager in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Previous Capitology blog posts have provided insight into various mobile and cloud-based construction estimating tools and other software programs and apps used in construction management. The use of these tools are on the rise, and for good reason.
“I think the biggest benefit is being able to transmit information or images to different trades or upper management or whomever you want to see that information,” says Wilber. “It can be all involved parties, particularly if you’re dealing in a commercial environment. You can provide daily updates in real time.”
Wilber shares that he often uses CoConstruct, which appeals to him because all parties involved in the project can log into it. The software can be used for approvals, generating purchase orders and change orders, and reporting any issues.
“It centralizes what is, by nature, generally decentralized by nature of the parties involved,” said Wilber who also acknowledges that not all aspects of construction management are ready to move entirely to the cloud.
“Right now, with the permitting process, you can have hundreds of documents that may be required to be printed,” depending on local requirements, says Wilber. “Software allows for digital signatures from design professionals, but some municipalities may require third-party verification and some places still want to see a raised-stamp seal.”
Despite some local municipalities still insisting on paper printouts, Wilber sees the future in the types of products that he uses every day to conduct business. He encourages all construction managers to look at mobile and cloud-based software, particularly those that are scalable to fit specific business needs.
“If I have a project going on in multiple locations, I can review the project status without having to go to town and back. It makes it a lot easier to manage the projects, get feedback, centralize documentation, and streamline communication. I don’t know where construction managers would be without it.”
Capitol students studying construction management take courses in project management, construction planning and scheduling, management of field operations, and business communications to ensure they are prepared for finding the software that best suits business needs.
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