As we continue to adjust to new working and operating environments in construction, many contractors are looking at what the future will hold and what a new connected construction reality might look like. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of connected construction, here's a quick breakdown:
A connected construction experience is one in which construction firms have access to a common data environment with a standardized set of connected workflows across all stakeholders, departments, and disciplines of the construction process. Achieved by interconnecting and sharing data between cloud-based technologies, connected construction suites facilitate better communication and collaboration among traditional construction business silos, which have been a source of rising costs and inefficiencies. By enhancing project visibility and predictability, providing real-time access to business data, and enabling collaboration and integrated decision making, the connected construction experience can help owners, designers, engineers, and contractors realize more consistent, streamlined, and predictable project execution.
Better-managed projects and more streamlined processes—including the ability to process data in the field—can help firms achieve cost savings by reducing labor overheads and resource waste, while also contributing to higher profit margins. The potential to help construction firms reduce resource waste can also help them with key sustainability targets related to environmental impact.
This connected construction vision—once just a dream—is reality today. That’s why contractors have been flocking to the cloud to realize their own connected construction transformations. If your company is one of those that haven't yet moved, however, it's time to seriously evaluate your own processes and the technologies behind them. Are they suitable for the work (and modern workflows) of your future projects? Here are five questions every contractor should be asking:
If any of the questions above make you question your own operations, it may be time to consider modernizing operations with a complete, connected software suite that seamlessly manages contractors’ people, projects and processes.
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