The construction industry is one of the few sectors that needs on-field teams spread over different locations to function. Communication between different team members can, thus, become an issue. Similarly, updating the management with details of work completed at the construction site, material requirements, and costs incurred on a daily basis can become tiresome. Team and project management can become a huge issue due to these challenges. Construction companies, therefore, need to invest in a solution that can help mitigate the issues faced.
A construction management mobile application that can work on multiple mobile operating systems can prove to be the best solution for overcoming these challenges. How? Site engineers and supervisors can use a mobile application (construction management app) that can update the higher authorities with construction activities at the site in real-time by uploading photos and documents. Similarly, managers won’t need to frequently visit the construction site to inspect the quality and quantity of work done as they will be constantly be updated through the mobile application. So what are some of the features companies should look for in a mobile construction management app? Some of the features that organizations need to ensure that are present in their mobile construction management application include:
Project management is one of the, if not the most important feature that construction companies should look for in their mobile app. The app should enable managers to set specific objectives for the project before it commences. The scope of the project, the time required for completion, the quality desired, and the regulatory compliances that need to be should be set right at the beginning. The app should empower leaders to assign tasks to employees, schedule their work hours, and monitor the progress of the project in real-time. With the help of a work tracker, employees can update details of the work completed in a day in comparison to the actual work planned. They can do so by updating the details and measurements of construction done, uploading bills and documents of purchases, and uploading photos and videos of the tasks completed in the day. Companies should ensure that the app is supported on multiple mobile operating systems and has cloud support to ensure that the data can be shared seamlessly between individuals.
Construction companies have to manage multiple vendors, which can be tedious and confusing. The mobile construction management app should provide users with the option to manage multiple vendors in a structured manner. It should enable storing and organizing multiple vendor details such as contact details, the materials purchased along with the bill number and amount. This data can then be shared with the accounting department in real-time to facilitate payables and receivables processes. The app should be able to seamlessly share files with mobile devices on other mobile operating systems as well as with desktop apps. Information regarding accounts payable to the vendors should also be available. The app should also have the ability to capture the digital signature of the vendor if a payment is made in cash to avoid any confusion in the future.
The construction management app should have the ability to record the attendance of employees at the construction site. Almost all mobiles today, irrespective of their mobile operating systems, have the ability to capture biometric data such as fingerprints. With the help of location tracking and biometric capture, managers can ascertain whether an employee has reported to work or is absent. The app can also utilize the photo and video recording capabilities of the mobile device to record attendance. Thus, no additional infrastructure(biometric scanners and CCTV) is required to capture the attendance of employees. The data can then be automatically synced with other tools that record employee attendance at the organization. In addition to marking attendance, the app can also notify managers about the location of the employee through geofencing technology. They can check whether the employee is present for the complete duration of his shift or not with the help of geofencing technology.
Even though construction companies pay utmost attention to employee safety by providing safety equipment and adhering to safety compliances, accidents at construction sites are occurring at a worrying rate. According to a statistic, about 26000 Canadian construction workers are injured on the job. Thus, one of the most important features your mobile construction management should have is emergency management. The app should have the ability to contact emergency services in case of an accident quickly. It should also contain manuals or instructional videos regarding first aid techniques that can be administered to employees in case of an accident. The app should also have vital health details about every employee working at the construction site, such as their blood group or other medical conditions they might have. This can help doctors in carrying out medical procedures more efficiently.
In addition to the emergency management feature, construction companies should partner with nearby hospitals, fire stations, and other health emergency services that can help provide quick aid in such circumstances. Similarly, organizations should partner with insurance companies for easier claims processing.
Mobile apps such as construction management solutions help close the gap between office and site employees. They give managers the ability to efficiently manage construction projects by enabling them to monitor sites remotely. It also minimizes the need for site engineers to visit the office for providing updates to higher authorities and documentation submission. Every information related to the project is captured and shared with the concerned individuals with the help of a mobile construction management app. However, construction companies, in addition to construction management apps, must also implement other software solutions that can work on multiple desktops and mobile operating systems, and help streamline every business operation.