August 18, 2023
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Constructing the Future: Why Builders Must Embrace the Digital Era

David Beldeuré
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Why are many construction businesses still hesitant to embrace the digital revolution?

Despite the impressive array of digital solutions available to the construction industry, many homebuilders linger on the periphery of technical adoption.  In this article, I aim to illustrate how digital tools for Project Management, Materials Management, Design & Modeling, Communication, Sustainability, and Estimating & Budget Management can drive efficiency and profitability, pushing small construction businesses into a new era of sustainable growth.  

Project Management and Planning

Spreadsheets were a great way to manage projects a decade ago, but now they’re slowing you down. Tools like Buildertrend, Procure and Autodesk Build can enhance project management with their comprehensive solutions. These applications offer real-time capabilities that can dramatically improve decision-making speed and accuracy, allowing small-scale builders to efficiently deliver projects.

 Materials Management

Excessive wastage is costing you. On average, 15% of materials delivered to a construction site in North America end up as waste. Proper management of materials can significantly reduce costs associated with digital inventory management. Systems like Sortly or Cheqroom can seamlessly track and manage construction materials, ensuring the right supplies are on-site at the right time, thus preventing unnecessary delays.

 Design and Modelling

Start your projects with a clear picture of what you’re building. In the realm of construction design, digital platforms like AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit are revolutionizing the industry. These tools allow for the creation of precise, 3D architectural models that can greatly assist in planning and visualizing a project before it begins. This will result in better project outcomes and less need for costly adjustments during construction. Moreover, these design tools also facilitate efficient material take-offs, optimizing the budget by determining the precise quantity of materials needed and reducing wastage..

 Communication

Go beyond email, SMS and your phone. Streamlined communication is key to successful project execution, especially when multiple stakeholders are involved. Client facing platforms like Buildertrend can improve transparency and keep clients updated on the progress of their projects. Applications like Slack and Microsoft Teams aid effective, real-time communication between team members. These tools also track what was said and when, allowing for greater accountability and transparency.

 Sustainability

Going green isn’t just a trend; it's a responsibility. Being able to minimize the environmental impact of their builds not only contributes to a more sustainable future, it also enhances a builder’s reputation. Adopting tools like Green Building Studio or Tally helps small builders stand out in today's market. As consumers become more environmentally conscious, a commitment to sustainability not only enhances a builder’s reputation but can also lead to increased client trust and higher demand for services.

 Cost Estimation and Budget Management

Cash is the lifeblood of any project, so you better manage it properly. Budget Management systems like CoConstruct and Buildertrend offer a real-time snapshot of a project’s financial status. This allows small builders to understand the profitability of each unit and guide informed decision making. Furthermore, these systems streamline the procurement process, helping builders to forecast costs more accurately. They also integrate change orders seamlessly, ensuring that budget alterations don't derail the project.

 

In today's fast-evolving world, construction businesses can't afford to lag behind the digital curve. Embracing the tools and strategies highlighted can empower small builders to elevate their operational efficiency, financial acumen, and overall commitment to sustainability. As you weigh the merits of integrating these digital solutions into your workflow, remember: it's not about replacing foundational techniques, but enhancing them for a brighter and more productive future. If you're ready to take the next step and explore how these tools can revolutionize your construction business, I'm here to help. Book a meeting with me, and together, we'll forge a path to a more prosperous, sustainable tomorrow.

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