Success in the construction industry means careful attention to labor costs, equipment rental and the acquisition of materials and supplies. Managing a successful project often demands paying careful attention to when and how assets are used to keep the job moving towards completion. Any disruptions, delays or overages can end up costing precious time and money and impact the company’s success. This has led many companies to leverage mobile technology to drive efficiencies across the management process. Functions like fleet management, BIM and 3D scanning and even OSHA compliance have been moved to mobile apps. In fact, this trend is so hot right now that construction companies have elected to build their own mobile programs to meet their specific needs. To help clients, prospects and others understand this shift, JLK Rosenberger has provided a summary of how companies are benefiting from the shift.
Benefits of Mobile Technology
- Workplace Safety – There are many mobile applications that can help a company maintain and enhance their workplace safety program. GPS tracking of both people and equipment has become standard for many companies. Leveraging technology that allows management to track individual workers helps to improve response time in the event of an accident. Beyond this, mobile technology can be used to track completion of job training sessions designed to increase safety and it also ensures regulatory compliance. Immediate reporting of safety concerns and injuries means faster response time to critical issues and concerns.
- Equipment Management – Making sure equipment is in the right place when it’s needed is essential to the management of a project. There are several mobile applications designed which not only reveal inefficiencies in vehicle and equipment usage but also help to identify essential changes that save time and money. These applications can also assist with supplier scheduling and management. As an example, a concrete company can integrate with the general contractor’s mobile app to coordinate volume, delivery date, change orders and even drop off points using this mobile technology.
- Payroll Reporting – There are mobile applications that help companies more effectively manage their payroll tracking and reporting requirements. It’s no secret that payroll is often a huge headache for project managers. GPS time tracking allows the company to know exactly when employees were on the job site working and ensures that employees are receiving the proper amount of pay. Such mobile apps allow crews to submit time sheets directly from their phone in addition to accessing auto generated reports about current and previous pay periods.
Mobile technology has significantly impacted the construction industry providing on-demand apps that make various management functions much easier. The investment in these technologies has paid off for construction companies across California. If you have questions about construction management issues or need assistance with a tax, accounting or audit issue, JLK Rosenberger can help. For additional information please call us at 949-860-9902, or click here to contact us. We look forward to speaking with you soon.