Simplifying Operations Management with Software

Visibility across a construction company is essential for success today. Stakeholders must have access to rich, accurate data – in real-time – to guide projects in the right direction. In addition, team members managing projects in the field require clear communication from the office to execute designs and plans effectively.

However, it’s no secret that many construction companies still rely on paper, Excel spreadsheets and single-point solutions to track workers, materials, certifications, forms, schedules and other operational needs. A recent survey revealed that an estimated 46 percent of construction companies continue to use spreadsheets for project management.

Yet, forward-thinking companies that have been open to adopting newer collaborative construction technologies – specifically those that feature integration among project management and operations technology solutions – realize they can eliminate much of the market fragmentation that has weighed them down for decades, including challenges with collecting and sharing digitized operations information in real time.

Such advances and collaborations could not arrive at a more ideal time, mainly because construction projects are becoming more and more complex, putting business owners and project managers under additional pressure to improve efficiency, timelines and cost savings.

At Assignar, we make it a top priority to take the complexity out of managing the construction business, helping improve the productivity of construction subcontractors and self-perform general contractors.

Our cloud-based platform helps construction teams meet project deadlines by scheduling and allocating available and compliant resources to multiple projects simultaneously. While crews are dispatched, a powerful platform connects the office to field crews with digital forms and timesheets. The software’s real-time reporting on precise field data allows companies to improve operations and win more profitable projects.

However, a construction operations management platform is merely one aspect of an ideal technology stack. Many contractors also depend on software for building 2D and 3D models that can be accessed via mobile technologies on the job site.

In fact, the industry has long needed a solution that combines the power of innovative software with the compatibility and flexibility of mobility all in one place.

End-to-End Management with Single Sign-on
Recently, Assignar took steps toward partnering with complementary technology providers to help make our end-to-end solution goals a reality. By integrating our cloud-based platform with Autodesk® BIM 360™ Docs, we are not only reaching more contractors than ever before, but we are also connecting the construction community to a powerful, integrated software solution that complements our own offerings.

Autodesk BIM 360 Docs is a digital document management platform that links the office to the field through real-time communication and document exchange. And contractors utilize Assignar’s automated solution to manage workforce and asset capabilities in real-time to seamlessly capture project scheduling, complete time cards, track production and materials installed each day, and stay on top of compliance-related issues.

With the combination of a class-leading solution in design software and flexible digital and mobile tools, workflows are more streamlined. By utilizing an integrated single sign-on solution, field workers can have a master record and single source of information accessible via their tablets or smartphones in real-time, helping to measurably improve quality, safety and commissioning for an array of construction projects.

The integration, which helps contractors replace manual processes with software solutions for their construction workflows, enables work crews to access relevant 2D and 3D plans and specs directly from a cloud-based SaaS platform to accomplish daily tasks. Field workers no longer have to sift through thousands of documents in different apps and can quickly retrieve the information they need and get back to building. With this integrated approach, they can create and share markups more effectively and efficiently, eliminating the potential for rework and project delays, and ultimately saving time.

Additionally, designers and subcontractors can collaborate on project design, allowing multi-discipline teams to work together on drawings and models. Project managers can also share field-initiated activities in real-time with management and supervisors to support the documentation and billing process.

Integrated Technologies Take Field and Office Productivity to the Next Level
Today’s construction industry deserves technology processes ]that combine the power of specialized software with the ease and compatibility of all-in-one, robust solutions. Contractors should have the freedom to select best-in-class solutions for every application while maintaining interoperability and data portability.

A well-integrated, end-to-end digital approach is becoming more critical for construction companies to not only improve project efficiency but also to deliver the quality outcome required to succeed in an ultra-competitive environment.

Through integration, operations and document management platforms complement each other to close the loop, bringing design, operations and accounting together, removing siloes, organizing disparate data, and ultimately creating a more connected ecosystem.

Jason Barber, PE, is Vice President of Construction Market & Innovation at Assignar.


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