How Tech Helps Streamline and Manage Construction Businesses
[ Article was originally posted on www.constructconnect.com ]
Unfortunately, this novel coronavirus is not expected to leave soon. Whatever effect the virus is having currently will pale in comparison to its future effects. The virus’s economic impact alone is likely to last for years, which is why ConstructConnect has been so diligent with the “From the Trenches” series.
Even if the virus were to disappear tomorrow, it would take years to get the economy back to where it was. It will take a while for demand to return to previous levels, and for people to feel safe spending or investing their money.
The Coronavirus’s Effect on the Construction Industry
The construction sector has been affected by this global pandemic in several ways. For starters, many contractors had to shut down sites to protect their workers. On sites that have stayed open, contractors have had to take extra precautions, including social distancing, enforced hygiene measures, and staggered work schedules.
Despite their best efforts, contractors still working have had to suffer from employee absenteeism. Workers had to take some time off due to coming down with COVID-19 or to care for other family members who might have had the virus. Understandably, some workers decided to protect themselves by avoiding leaving the house altogether.
The supply chain of the construction industry has also been hit hard. The global travel ban has limited the movement of resources, making it difficult for construction sites to get the materials they need in time. Countries like China and Italy have limited their production efforts, reducing the global supply of essential materials, including steel and cement.
Using Technology to Face the Coronavirus
Fortunately, technology can mitigate several of these adverse effects.
Dealing With the Shortage in Labor
In an earlier article, ConstructConnect discussed how technology is reshaping the construction industry, and looked into some options that can help with the labor shortage.
Those technological options are now more valuable than ever:
For example, when an item needs approval, an automatic flag can be sent to the person in charge. Once said individual gives their approval, this can spur other programs and applications to carry out their role. In other words, technology can help construction companies reduce the number of workers required to run daily operations both on and off-site.
Dealing With Worker Safety
When it comes to worker safety, it is important to monitor their physical health for any signs of infection and to ensure that they are following the proper procedure, including maintaining a safe personal distance.
Here are a few solutions to help with that:
Dealing With Material Shortage
The shortage of construction supplies doesn’t just mean that some projects will be delayed; it also means that these supplies will become more expensive until the supply returns to normal levels. Therefore, construction companies need to seek out alternative solutions.
Preparing for the Inevitable
The effects of this global pandemic are bound to stay for the foreseeable future. Therefore, construction companies need to adapt by adopting technology designed specifically for them as well as looking into other sectors for inspiration and ideas.
One obvious sector from which construction companies might want to borrow some technology is the health sector, specifically when it comes to keeping the workforce safe and healthy.
Joe Peters is a Baltimore-based freelance writer and an ultimate techie. He’s contributed articles to a variety of business and tech sites, and he writes about construction and asset management at Gocodes. When he is not working his magic as a marketing consultant, Joe devours the news on the latest gadgets and binge-watches his favorite TV shows. Follow him on @bmorepeters
Source:Ran in 05-29-2020 Newsletter
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