The site work phase of construction carries a multitude of risks that have the potential to derail construction schedules and drive up project costs. Plans are constantly changing as unknowns are discovered. Successfully executing project plans requires extreme accuracy, planning, and communication. With demand at record highs, every second matters.
Many home builders and land developers rely on traditional methods such as pen and paper, spreadsheets, and best guesses to manage their site work. Although these methods have been used for decades making them tried and trusted, they leave enormous room for error.
Here are five signs you need site work software:
Here’s the funny thing about pen and paper: it can’t be accessed by multiple people in multiple locations. Communication and collaboration between field and office staff, and also amongst contractors are imperative to project success. When working with multiple contractors, most likely they are using their own project management methods. It’s easy to see how using multiple sources of data can get confusing.
The pathway to miscommunication disasters looks like:
Project Managers spend an insane amount of time in meetings. Between owners, engineers, contractors, public agencies, and consultants, there are dozens of stakeholders that need to be kept in the loop. Making the most of the time spent in these meetings is a challenge.
One of the biggest challenges construction teams face is how to communicate what's happening on site visually. Typically, teams would use 2D drawings with markups, Google Earth images, and site photos as visual aids, but these options are not ideal. 2D drawings are hard to conceptualize, Google Earth images are unclear and usually out of date, and site photos lack reference points.
What do meetings look like without the right tools?
Project managers spend a great deal of time every day looking for information. Checking elevations, measuring stockpiles, tracking quantities of materials moved and other calculations require hiring consultants. Since consultants bill by the hour, these costs add up quickly and have a huge impact on project budgets. Furthermore, the turnaround time for data can be multiple days, which delays decision-making. Wasted time spent searching for information or making unnecessary visits can add up quickly.
Here’s proof unorganized job details are inhibiting your success:
No project ever goes perfectly. Project drawings and documents aren't always aligned, and human errors can result in expensive rework and delays. Errors like over-excavation, placement of utilities or objects on site, and simple miscalculations can happen before being noticed and can quickly lead to missed deadlines. Missing deadlines can result in hefty fines that quickly eat away at your profits which can make or break your entire project.
Deadlines can make or break an entire project. Do any of these sound familiar to your team?
The construction industry has seen a significant increase in disputes over the past few years. The global average value of disputes in 2020 was $54.26 million. Without a visual record of a project, it can be difficult to resolve a dispute, such as when a stockpile was moved, when equipment arrived, when pavement or concrete was damaged, etc. It could take weeks to resolve these issues, without physical proof.
Leaving your old methods behind for a site work software may be scary, but the benefits are endless.
The #1 site work software for land developers and homebuilders, TraceAir does what traditional methods can’t. Trusted by top home builders and land developers for staying on schedule, managing dirt balance, and tracking progress, TraceAir puts important project data in the right hands. Field staff can easily obtain measurements and collaborate with office staff. Project managers and stakeholders can track progress from anywhere.
The data and tools provided by TraceAir save hours, even weeks on key tasks. In addition, TraceAir users are seeing major savings, improved processes, better communication, and fewer disputes. Schedule a demo to learn how your team can benefit.
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