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.
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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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.
SignOnSite starting developing the Practical Digital Construction Transformation concept after noticing two distinct attitudes from businesses looking to adopt our product:
- 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.
- 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.
When it comes to technology adoption, there are two general assumptions made about the construction industry:
Cameras aren't the only answer to getting remote construction site monitoring. You can get similar (and even better) results by leveraging the technology that already exists on site: mobile phones, kiosks and apps.