Digital supply networks are the backbone of a truly optimized construction firm: They reduce or remove the wasted time and motion, lack of accuracy, and resulting overruns that almost inevitably arise when jobs are not effectively synchronized.
Well-run digital networks employ tools, techniques, and best practices to create a collaborative space, where all necessary parties involved in a construction project are apprised of the status of different parts of the job and can quickly adjust to required changes.
How construction firms keep jobsites n sync
So how do construction firms keep on top of their construction jobs and keep projects running smoothly?
- They monitor digital signals. If concrete is delivered early, no one will be around to make sure it goes to the right spot. If it is delivered late, workers waste time sitting around doing nothing. If the materials are not at the required specification, time is wasted adjusting slump. If the materials result in a “bad pour,” it costs the supplier money (and possibly legal troubles) and the job is no longer on schedule. Digital monitoring and instant alerts helps to eliminate wet loads, simplify calibration, minimize process heating and cooling costs, and achieve consistent results.
- They pay attention to data from the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT data is embedded in construction project lifecycles and gathered from a myriad of sources, including remote and wireless sensors. It lets companies sync equipment, materials, asset usage, and worker productivity in real time. It even allows companies to track expensive equipment or tools more effectively, aids materials management and inventory control, minimizes project delays, and allows managers to stay on top of required equipment maintenance.
- They use a single point of management. This single point of management lets companies manage materials, mixes, tolerances, documentation, and testing and analysis in a single location. As an added benefit: a single point enables construction firms to show customers that incoming raw materials conform to supplier and customer requirements.
- They optimize concrete mixes to comply with strength, durability, and aggregate grading requirements. By monitoring batches in real time, companies can reduce out-of-tolerance loads, produce concrete mix submittals in a fraction of the time they took before, and craft professional reports and documentation to build trust and authority.
- They boost productivity on the jobsite. Productive construction firms use digital tickets to ensure data flows seamlessly from suppliers to contractors and owners, so the job site stays in sync. By digitally capturing information from paper tickets, buyers can see ticket data in real time, throughout the ticket's life cycle. Solutions like these can deploy notifications for when a load is on the way, allow the user to view records of load status times, and automatically match incoming delivery tickets with hauler pay sheets and invoices. Further, tools that let construction firms collect both real-time and historical data on the properties of fresh concrete --from load to pour--help ensure better decision making to ensure quality, avert risk, enhance production, and increase delivery efficiency.
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