Most mechanical contractors are concerned about productivity on their projects–and rightfully so. Often, the response is to start stacking up the overtime–but this response tends to backfire. Heavy overtime for extended periods can not only double or triple the cost of the work of a standard week, but it actually produces less work due to productivity loss. This is in addition to the rising cost of materials and heavy competition for new projects, which means having an unproductive team can ultimately cost a great deal of time and money. Not to mention, HVAC systems are among some of the most complicated of all installations on large scale projects–something which is not being alleviated by the extensive skilled labor shortage.
What mechanical contractors need is not an increase in the speed of work, but an improvement in the efficiency of how work is completed. The challenge is identifying where those productivity challenges are at and determining a plan to resolve them. In our latest ebook, “7 Tips for Mechanical Subcontractors to Improve Their Productivity Through Software,” we guide you on how mechanical subs can use software to boost their baseline productivity and profits.
In order to stomp the productivity drain on mechanical trades, it’s important to be deliberate about how to approach the issue. Think about what your team might consider productive to really mean. For instance, Merriam-Webster defines “productive” as
“yielding results, benefits, or profits: yielding or devoted to the satisfaction of wants or the creation of utilities.”
So again, how do you define productivity for your organization? Is it a top-level definition of simply meeting your team’s project goals and getting the job done? If it’s the latter, you need to get more granular and start evaluating how tasks are completed and how to optimize them. Evaluate the tools you currently use and how they either improve or inhibit productivity.
A good place to start boosting productivity is ensuring your team has the right tools to get their jobs done efficiently. Given the explosion of technological advances in recent years in construction, these tools can either be digital tools or the physical ones they work with. Surprisingly, a number of employers are using obsolete and outdated tools on the jobsite including heavy-handed software and sometimes even the hand-operated tools deployed to your projects. Productivity drains materialize in a handful of ways including duplicate data entry, teams building based on incorrect information from old drawings and even safety incidents that may create lost time. To get a deep dive on how software tools can impact your productivity, download our ebook.
While many mechanical contractors still manage their work manually, modern construction productivity tools solve the challenges a manual work environment creates and can yield huge impacts on business operations. Teams who leverage these tools spend less time on administrative tasks like keeping field workers up to date with new plans, issues, shop drawings or Requests for Information (RFI). Additionally, coordination with general contractors and other trades is smoother when everyone can easily see when and how they fit in.
This e-book focuses on how mechanical contractors should be embracing construction software tools and how it impacts:
- Meeting project schedules and deadlines
- Collaborating with GCs and other trades
- Managing sheets, blueprints, versions
- Preventing costly errors and rework
- Effective project closeouts
- Attracting talent as the workforce ages
- Scaling as your organization grows
Mechanical Case Study – VEC, Inc.
Founded in 1968, VEC, Inc. is a total solutions provider that specializes in industrial, oil and gas and low voltage work in the midwestern US. With expertise in mechanical, electrical and fabrication work–VEC trusts construction software platform, PlanGrid, on all major projects for collaboration, information sharing and successful turnover to owners. Download the ebook to take a closer look at how they’ve achieved substantial savings on their projects with software.
It’s Time Mechanical Contractors Get Productive
Productivity improvement offers one of the greatest opportunities to increase the bottom line of construction professionals and it is clear that there is more room for improvement across the industry. With regard to productivity and efficiency, the construction industry has a bright future if mechanical contractors can make the right technology choices for their organizations.