As construction spending continues to increase after hitting record highs in January and February, it’s no surprise that some of the spending goes right into the trash. The EPA reports 534 tons of construction and demolition debris ended up in landfills in 2014.
And that was just in the United States. One way to cut costs without affecting output is to turn to technology.
Ditch the yellow legal pad
Move on from pad and pencil and invest in software. There is a plethora of applications to use for the construction industry and most can be downloaded on a mobile device. Invest in tablets or iPads – they are small and very mobile, and users can take pictures and upload information without having to transfer from paper into a computer.
Look for software that integrates with other company software and applications so the IT team doesn’t have to build or maintain integrations. Benefits include an increase in workflow efficiency and elimination of double-entry. Both will enable managers to make more timely decisions – resulting in a bigger bottom line.
Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) offer many cost-cutting benefits. Obviously, they are less expensive than flying a manned aircraft, but they’re also faster than human surveyors. Workers can track the progress of a construction site with much more accuracy. Then that data can allow builders to create 3-D structural models and topographical maps. This allows companies to be more efficient at a jobsite while also minimizing issues and delays.
VR and drones are game changers for the industry. The upfront cost of this may be more than what companies want to spend, but the ROI is worth it. This technology is being used on construction sites for creating 3-D images and reviewing plans and materials. All these can be in place before any ground is broken on a project.
Workers may or may not love it, but GPS can be a huge cost saver. The technology is used as a safety feature and time management tool. Managers will always know where the equipment is and how long it’s stopped. This will keep workers on track and more efficient, and it will also help reduce theft. A GPS can be used for preventive maintenance to help lessen the chances of unexpected equipment breakdowns. For example, schedule oil changes after a certain number of miles. Another great benefit of GPS is that many insurance companies offer discounts for companies who install these tracking devices: another way to save on spending each month.