There are a growing number of tools to help with scheduling construction projects, and hesitancy to implement new tech tools could slow down timelines. The truth is that tech has never been easier to integrate with current workflows, and there are teams of experts like us here at Thomas D Wilson Consulting, Inc. that can help train employees on how to use the tools efficiently. Additionally, these tools help construction teams adapt to a “new normal” — the standards and guidelines that help everyone stay safe and healthy and ensure that jobs are completed on time.
Scheduling software like Primavera is a great tool to help every team member collaborate and communicate scheduling needs anywhere. That has continued now in the age of social distancing. It’s also a great way to manage how many workers are on the job site at one time while still keeping the work continuing efficiently.
Why Invest In Tech?
Project managers (PMs) who run into snags with vendors can tap into scheduling software from a distance, allowing for the rescheduling or reallocation of labor workforces (subcontractors, material deliveries, etc.) to meet changing needs. For example, workers can be on-site to meet delayed materials shipment with a few simple changes to the existing schedule.
Additionally, scheduling software can allow the right team members to be on-site for crucial inspections that keep work moving forward while still obeying social distancing guidelines. Many of these inspections need to be performed in person and are necessary for moving forward.
With fewer people on-site, greater risks, and stricter guidelines, project manners must have somewhat of a crystal ball — and scheduling software can offer just that. Anticipating what will happen before it happens helps PMs adjust their critical path method strategy to account for delays and find alternatives to keep work on schedule.
If the project grows in scope or needs to be scaled down, scheduling software technology can make that happen in a snap. Methods can be as complex or uncomplicated as PMs need them to be, and tech tools allow for the seamless shift between large scale and small scale (and back again) with ease.
What to Look For In Scheduling Software
Start your search by understanding how complex your needs are as a construction company. How big is your average project? How many projects are active simultaneously? Are you working with subcontractors consistently? Think about the answers to these questions to help refine your search. Ultimately, we’ve found that Primavera and Microsoft Project are universal solutions for contractors and construction businesses of all sizes in residential and commercial niches.
Security and accessibility are also important considerations, both independently and together. A cloud-based solution is excellent for multi-member teams across several sites and can be accessed from anywhere at any time – a great way to foster communication and collaboration. Security of your data should go hand-in-hand with cloud-based features, so ensure that the scheduling software you choose provides privacy and security.
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It’s no secret that construction projects have many moving parts, and everyone involved needs a central “hub” to manage those moving parts. That’s where construction scheduling software comes into play. Anybody can tap into the scheduling software to find out more about milestones, projects, costs, timelines, and more.
Using tech tools like scheduling software can go a long way towards optimizing your construction projects and boosting your company’s bottom line. Now that you have an overview of how these investments can help streamline your work, turn to the team of experts at Thomas D Wilson Consulting, Inc. that can address the finer points of adoption and integration. Get in touch today— we work directly with clients on a custom training program to fit your needs.