Using Construction Administration Software with Field Tools to Maximize Productivity
According to the latest issue of The Civil Quarterly, ruggedized tablet use is a leading category in industry tech adoption, with 46% usage amongst surveyed contractors in 2022.The ability to access project files and record data directly from the field helps reduce travel expenses, add time savings, and improve the overall accuracy of project data. At certain intervals ranging from once a week to once a month, inspectors will return to the home office to record project data. On the project management side of things, construction PMs deal with their own travel headaches, often having to travel out to the job site to check progress when they don't have access to the latest data. C&S Companies, a national engineering consulting firm, dealt with significant travel expenses on their highway bridge projects due to the large quantity of projects they were handling. "A lot of our highway/bridge projects were one-person shows. And if you have 20 of those projects, how do you make sure things were done correctly?" said Greg Fehrman, Principal Engineer at C&S Companies. Since the software tools send data in real-time from the field to the field office, the inspectors at C S Companies do not need to physically enter the field office to enter reports, nor do project managers need to travel to the job site to check reports. "The iPad allowed the field staff to enter daily work reports in the field which saved valuable time that it would have taken them to come into the office to enter their reports," said Nick Taylor, Project Manager for the firm.