Someone recently said to me that the construction industry has been reluctant to embrace technology. To that, I say, “Really?
Advances in technology are giving the industry new ways to make projects and processes more efficient. The easier the technology is to use, the more popular it becomes. And the more popular devices are helping projects run more efficiently in the field.
Common gadgets (think GPS-equipped smart phones and tablets) are becoming as vital to industry veterans as the hammer and nail. They’re portable, so there’s no need to carry an armful of blueprints from site to site. And they’re making cross-site communication and project research more efficient. Every day functions like snapping job-site photos, sending work orders, projecting costs and amending blueprints are being done faster than ever before.
Leaner, Meaner, Greener
Some companies are using technology to adopt green measures that reduce paper waste. And as a workforce weaned on Wi-Fi and mobile devices comes of age on the construction site, the tech industry is turning its attention to building construction-specific applications.
What tools and applications are you using to work better, and smarter, on the jobsite? Share your experiences in the comment section below.