Effectively Using Mobile Technology for Your Construction ProjectAssociation of Construction and Development
September 25, 2012 — 1,353 views
Mobile technology can be a valuable asset for managing a construction project or engineering process. With mobile smartphones, it’s possible to quickly and effectively communicate design changes with different contractors. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how to effectively use mobile technology for a construction project.
When managing a construction project, it can be difficult to understand all the subtle nuances that make a project possible. For example, most construction projects require the combined efforts of hundreds of people. This can include mechanical engineers, architects, laborers, electricians, plumbers, civil engineers, lawyers, human resource managers and much more. To make a construction project work, it’s essential for all these groups to be able to communicate with each other.
For example, there are several proprietary social media systems that can be used for managing a construction project. While these services function like Facebook or Twitter, they offer a professional interface that allows for people to communicate and share different types of information. Since information can be set to different layers of availability, it’s possible to have information shared with only people that really need to know it.
For example, imagine that a construction project has come to a halt due to an electrical wiring issue. In this situation, electrical wires are incompatible with a certain part of a building design. Under normal circumstances, this would require an electrician to contact a construction project manager. This construction project manager would then need to contact an electrical engineer to determine how to rewire a system. After the construction manager has decided on a course of action with the electrical engineer, the construction manager will need to get in contact with an architect to find an effective way to implement these changes.
However, social media can be an effective way to simplify these processes. With a private social media network, an electrician can simply get in contact with a construction manager. The construction manager can then invite both the electrical engineer and the architect to a shared social media discussion. Since all these groups will be able to interact in real-time, this can be a great way to ensure that a problem gets solved quickly and effectively.
Mobile technology and social media tools can be a valuable asset on a construction job. By implementing new forms of communication, it’s possible to reduce construction times and minimize building costs.