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Quick Insight: COVID-19 impact on construction & 2021 outlook

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At SignOnSite, we pride ourselves in the depth of the relationships we have with our customers and users. We speak to them as often as we can - and it’s not limited to how they use our product.

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Connected Workers - the next evolution in construction technology

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Ten years ago, in 2010, it wasn't uncommon for a Project Manager or Site Manager to have a work-issued iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. White-collar employees were given access to employer-supplied smartphones so that they would have the technology to work better and faster. But the other 95% of people on site - the workers - haven't been bought into the mix.

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Construction tech whitepaper: Document Automation for Construction Site Personnel Management

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A lot paperwork gets created on site, and it gets used by a lot of different parts of the organisation - from project managers to finance teams.
 

The construction industry has been quick to adopt technology that enables document and process automation. Technologies such as BIM and project management software have streamlined processes from pre-construction planning to quality assurance. One area that has been neglected, however, is the vast amount of documentation that gets created and used on-site.

This whitepaper covers:

  • The costs of traditional methods to personnel document management
  • The benefits and savings of automation
  • Pathways to automation:
    • Connected worker pathway
    • Contractor-side technology enablement pathway
  • Automation solutions

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Is there a simpler way to communicate risk to workers?

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By nature, construction is a high-risk industry, which has led to an abundance of regulations and red tape designed to promote safety.

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Recognising the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the construction industry

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NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. Normally NAIDOC week is held early July, but 2020's events had postponed it to the week of 8-15 November.

Although we have a long way to go towards achieving social and economic equity, the construction industry is one of the leaders in providing employment opportunities to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community. Compared to the average of all industries, the indigenous employment rate is 1.8 times higher in construction (2016 Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics).

We wanted to dive deeper, so we turned to the data inside our platform. This is what we found:

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Fixing contact tracing in construction: working with a highly transient workforce.

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The construction industry has a unique challenge when it comes to COVID-19 management and contact-tracing requirements: having to manage a highly transient workforce. Construction workers often work across multiple sites and under the management of multiple General Contractors - where someone works on a Monday is often completely different to where they will be on a Wednesday. This means that the vast majority of current contract-tracing solutions don't actually work in construction.

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Introduction to Practical Digital Construction Transformation

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SignOnSite starting developing the Practical Digital Construction Transformation concept after noticing two distinct attitudes from businesses looking to adopt our product:

  1. Solution-seeking: This group searched for a solution to a set of problems and were open to assessing a wide range of options. Along with SignOnSite and other systems, they would evaluate their options based on the on-the-ground effectiveness at solving the problem.
  2. Capability-seeking: This group searched for a solution that could meet a list of pre-determined capabilities. They would assess their options based on how well the capability list was addressed.
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Practical ways to increase safety engagement

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We know that increased worker engagement with safety leads to better safety outcomes. Safety-first companies are already actively trying to increase workforce engagement and attitudes toward safety by having regular safety training/meetings, running employee recognition programs and having more management involvement in site safety activities.

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Paperwork isn't protection or safety

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Paperwork isn't a substitute for genuine engagement, involvement and responsibility for safety, nor is it legal protection. 

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