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The Ultimate Guide to Standardization for Enterprise Construction Companies

The Ultimate Guide to Standardization for Enterprise Construction Companies

How Companies Can Maximize Project Efficiency Through Standardization

In construction, productivity is king when it comes to increasing profits, meeting deadlines and coming in under budget. Although digitalization and technology open massive opportunities to increase overall productivity in the industry, just adding software to a project and expecting efficiency to increase tenfold is not as simple as it seems. While enterprise construction companies are ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing mobile technology in projects, productivity could be suffering due to a void of standards.

Overwhelmed by software options, project manager’s individual preferences and varying workflows, an abundance of technology can actually make projects more complex. Although each construction project is unique, having one set of standard processes and procedures facilitated through technology will help ensure your project can be built successfully. But when the field team, project managers and designers are all using separate software, processes fall apart, communication can falter and chaos can ensue. Just think about how many software solutions your team currently uses. If it’s more than one, do these programs even seamlessly integrate? According to the 2017 JB Knowledge Report, 30% of companies report that none of the applications they use integrate. This means that unreliable data, communication problems and inefficiency could be plaguing your project just due to fragmented software.

For enterprise construction companies, it’s not just about using technology on projects– it’s about using the right technology that simplifies and standardizes processes and workflows. Through technology that implements project standardization, construction companies can become more efficient and more competitive to truly see a return on their investment.

In our latest guide, “7 Steps to Standardizing Your Enterprise on PlanGrid,” we reveal the secrets to enterprise construction standardization and project success. With software like PlanGrid, construction companies can manage many different aspects of a construction project lifecycle and start to fully standardize projects.

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Here’s What’s Inside

After reading our guide, you should be able to understand how standardization benefits your project, as well as devise an actionable plan to implement a standardized approach to your technology.

Communication Problems Lead to Business Problems

Communication issues lead to waste. Wasted time, wasted resources and wasted talent. In the construction industry, reducing your bottom line is often the most critical aspect of your business. The lower your expenses, the greater your revenue–and the better value you can offer to your clients. Competitive bids emerge through productive business operations.

Standardization throughout the company means responsive, accurate communication. Employees are able to consolidate their information, quickly accessing the data they need to complete their work. Employees will remain prioritized and on track, and projects will be able to be managed in a transparent and accessible way.

The Benefits of Standardization in Construction

When enterprise construction companies are not able to standardize, they naturally lose their productivity. Standardization controls workflows and processes, in ways that reduce both redundancy and risk. Construction companies often understand the benefits of standardizing their processes and procedures, but they may not have standardized their technology for a variety of reasons.

Regardless, variation can be incredibly harmful to a business. When there are no standardized processes, each team and each department begins to perform independently. Results can be unpredictable, and operations may take longer than they need to. Over time, these individual teams and departments will become even more different.

By standardizing their technology, construction companies can reduce the cost of their production streamline. From quoting to logistics, construction companies will be able to outperform the competition with faster, more accurate results.

Furthermore, as your construction operation continues to grow, technology will aid it in scaling efficiently. Many construction companies find themselves struggling to achieve and maintain productivity, especially as the number of projects they undertake grows. With multiple projects, large-scale projects and long-term projects, consistency and standardization becomes a necessity.

7 Steps to Standardization

While standardizing their tools and workflows, enterprise construction companies can pare down to the features and functionalities they need while avoiding anything extraneous that could complicate their processes. During the process of implementation, the organization can assess its current capabilities and identify the best methods of moving forward with its software and hardware requirements.

In our ebook, we’ll discuss the 7 steps enterprise construction companies can take to standardize their software, including:

  1. Consider project setup and participants
  2. Establish field technology goals and uses
  3. Assign responsibilities and permissions
  4. Develop workflows
  5. Standardize tools and workflows
  6. Align hardware and software requirements
  7. Establish project deliverables and metrics

The Next Generation of Enterprise Construction

Standardizing enterprise construction begins from the top down. Construction companies must take a broad view of systems and processes, bringing in the top technology and integrating it into their projects and operations. Next generation enterprise construction companies will create a consolidated technology infrastructure, through which operations will be able to quickly move projects from the beginning to end. Improved accuracy of quoting, increased communication and better productivity overall will generate more revenues.

Standardizing your technology throughout your construction operations will minimize potential business disruption. Through adopting advanced, standardized technology, your business can streamline its processes, reducing both inefficiencies and redundancies. Construction companies can become more competitive and improve their overall ROI by investing in technology that makes project standardization easy. So start improving your project’s standardization, and in turn profits, by downloading our guide today.

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