7 Important Benefits Of The Use Of Construction Management Software
June 7, 2018 | Written by: Gary Bizek
Even though there is a lot that needs to be done to achieve the complete digitisation of the construction industry, the fact that there is a growing demand for construction management software shows that the industry is well on its way to achieve the same. This software with its features specifically meant for the construction industry is a boon which has brought about a positive change in the efficiency and output of the same thereby increasing its profitability.
Ways in which the use of construction management software has benefitted the construction industry are:
- Management becomes easy: The ability to take a systematic approach enables construction managers to create RFIs, submittals, change requests, business letters, transmittals etc., in a much more professional manner. The ability to exchange valuable information among the executives, managers, clients, consultants and contractors makes for efficient management and thus greater efficiency.
- Document storage: Before the introduction of the construction management software information regarding a particular project was stored in the form of printed documents which was a cumbersome process. With the introduction of this software, storage has become easy, less cumbersome, unlimited and easy to access.
- Ease of information sharing: Since this software enables virtual storage and in some cases online storage especially when a cloud based software is used, it can be accessed from anywhere and everywhere. This makes the project team in sync with what is actually happening on the project site without having to be present at the worksite. Thus it becomes easier to generate reports and process information by everyone involved with the project whenever required.
- Accounts made easy: The construction management software also comes equipped with an accounting software which is integrated into the same. This helps project managers and members of the management team to come up with a realistic budget, keep a track of the current flow of funds, take corrective measures in case of any discrepancies etc.
- Keeping to schedule: The ability of the construction management software to have all data regarding the progress of the construction project in one place enables people with access to it to be aware of the progress made. In fact reports generated by the same also enable the project managers to understand those avenues which might be causing a delay in the maintenance of the time schedule of the project. Corrective measures can thus be effectively taken so that the schedules can be maintained and financial losses minimised.
- Increases efficiency: All aspects of a construction right from its planning to its execution, co-ordination between the different departments, controlling the flow of funds, material purchase and use etc., can be controlled by the use of this software. Thus with everything organised, quality of the output of the construction project is bound to increase thereby enabling the company to build better goodwill in the industry.
- Work allocation: The use of this software also facilitates better work allocation and reduce confusion and duplicity of work allotted. Thus there is better use of manpower and greater efficiency in the output of the many different aspects that make up the construction project. It also ensures better time and risk management wherein reports received from different people associated with the various work can actually help solve issues faster. Delays with regards to equipment availability, miscommunication, material misplacement etc., which generally keep plaguing a construction project, are taken care of effectively and efficiently.
There are a lot of other uses associated with this software. In fact the use of this software can still be said to be in its nascent stage wherein technology developments are bringing in new updations which are making this software even more efficient, accurate and precise. With multi-tasking becoming quite easy, this software is definitely going the redefine the future of the construction industry in the years to come.