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How to Make Paperless Construction a Reality [Webinar]

A paperless construction company can feel more like a dream than a reality for the majority of organizations. Although many companies have taken critical first steps to reduce their use of paper in the business, it’s still a dominant material for construction professionals.

You probably don’t rely on outdated technology and systems like floppy disks or pagers anymore. Even with the advent of Google Maps, you most likely don’t use paper for maps these days. So, why are modern construction companies still relying on paper to build?

While the construction industry, on the whole, has been making serious strides adopting technology and digitizing certain aspects of the job, most builders still use paper in some capacity. From a drawing set here and there, submittal packages, specs and contracts, paper documents still manage to slip through the cracks at even the most progressive firms.  

While it can be challenging to go completely cold turkey on paper, a paperless construction company is far from an impossible goal. In our latest webinar, “How to Eliminate the Last Traces of Paper at Your Construction Company,” April 17 at 1:30 pm ET, we’ll discuss how to achieve the ultimate workflow dream: a paperless construction company.

The Downfalls of Paper: Risk, Waste, Rework

On a paper system, your company is really increasing its risk of miscommunication. Any time there is a project change, paper is automatically outdated and will need to be updated, reprinted and redistributed. When contractors ditch paper for digital documentation, they are eliminating risk since everyone is on a single record set. On a digital system, there’s no opportunity for different copies of documentation to be in different team member’s hands.

Beyond miscommunications, paper is not a wise investment for time, money and security. In fact, by some reports, 70% of businesses would fail within three weeks if they had a catastrophic loss of paper due to a flood or a fire. Simply put, it’s time to get off the paper trail–and fast.

A paperless system benefits both the business and sustainability. Going digital not only saves trees, but it helps reduce rework, further reducing the environmental impact of construction. Better yet, the money previously used for paper, printing and rework, can be redistributed towards technology that actually improves collaboration–further contributing to the bottom line.

Furthermore, on a paper-based system, there’s a lack of an audit trail. As a result, if change orders or rework is needed, legal disputes could arise down the road because it’s extremely difficult to show adequate documentation.

From Design to Operations: How to Eliminate Paper

Transiting to zero paper doesn’t happen overnight. Process by process, document by document, we’ll show you ways to systematically eliminate paper from the office, once and for all. In our webinar, we’ll discuss the ideal flow of information from design to operations without printing a single piece of paper.

Going Mobile: Make the Most Out of Tech

Empowered with the right tech, going paperless can be nearly effortless. While paper has traditionally been considered a “convenient” method, due to the fact it can be carried almost anywhere, that’s no longer the case. The benefits of mobile construction software far outweigh any perceived convenience of paper, especially as it allows teams to find and collaborate on information and issues instantly. During the webinar, you’ll be given practical suggestions for how to get started by optimizing the use of mobile technology to ultimately increase your ROI.  

Register Today

Paper adds up, and the toll it can take on your business can no longer be ignored. Pledge to go paperless and make the plunge today.

Join our webinar to learn the benefits of reducing reliance on paper even further, tips for how to successfully eliminate paper from your workflows altogether and critical next steps that will help make your efforts successful.

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Ross Wagner

Ross is a Customer Advocate at PlanGrid. He helps implement PlanGrid with companies and projects up and down the West Coast. When not working, Ross loves exploring new cities, talking architecture, and seeing live music. He has a Five-Year Bachelor's Degree in Architecture and a Minor in Business from the University of Texas at Austin.

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