How the construction industry is moving to a mobile method

How the construction industry is moving to a mobile method

In the last few years we have seen many new technologies emerge in the construction industry, from 3D printing, to laser scanning BIM. The latest to jump to the head of the queue is mobile technology. As more industry professionals continue to embrace mobile data, it is seen as a big factor in the possible future transformation of the construction industry. So what does mobile data entail, and why is it becoming so popular?

Firstly, touching on its ever increasing popularity. In a study by IDG Research Services Over 80% of construction professionals surveyed said that mobile technology is of high priority, and 4 out of 5 stated that they are currently using some form of mobile technology. Contractors in particular are finding it extremely useful. One of the reasons for this might be its ability to allow for immediate communication between all stakeholders. This increased form of communication is essential to ensure the smooth completion of a project. If any disagreements or confusion arises between different parties, mobile technology allows the parties to resolve it immediately using mobile email, or submitting documents in real-time. Consequently, it is less likely that work will have to be re-done.

Efficiency can also be improved when utilising mobile technology. It allows workers in the field to submit daily reports, emails and any other form of communication in real-time and receive a response promptly. This means the worker doesn’t have to leave the field to retrieve any information, and instead they can concentrate on the task at hand, increasing the likelihood of a project being completed on time.

We all know how important it is to be as accurate as we can be whilst at work, and accuracy in construction is vital. When someone has been hard at work all day on site, once they leave the site they are required to fill in a report the day’s activities, timescales, etc. Anybody could be forgiven if little things are missed off or incorrect, but this may set things back slightly in the long run. With mobile technology, workers can create reports in the field as they happen, and with greater detail. . Daily reports and any other documentation in the field will be automatically GPS tracked and time stamped which will save you from future disputes and possibly legal trouble.

In this day and age of easy data integration, and instant messaging on the move, naturally this is now being utilised in construction. It provides better lines of communication, more accuracy, improves organisation and productivity and allows access to real time information. There is no doubting that mobile is now becoming the mainstream method.

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