5 Technology Tips for a Construction Manager

By Scott Hamele

Construction DesignWorks construction manager

Give Yourself an Advantage

By Scott Hamele, DBIA President and founder of Construction DesignWorks, LLC and Nationwide Commercial Inspections, LLC

If you are considering or close to hiring a general contractor or a construction manager for your next commercial project, ask what types of technology they are using that benefits you as a real estate investor, stakeholder or commercial broker. Whether it is a retail, industrial, hospitality, healthcare or an office construction project, there are tools available to general contractors to make their jobs more efficient and to benefit all project team members.

Here are just a few of the technological advances that should be taken advantage of for your construction project:

1. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a method in which the design team can create a three-dimensional representation of the entire building and its components. It allows the different facets to work together in the same place. Example: The mechanical engineer can design the system around the structural components of the building. The construction manager can also use the same 3D modeling to create a more seamless construction process by understanding how the trades work together.

2. Automated construction scheduling used correctly by a construction manager will quickly produce benefits for all stakeholders of the project including the design team, subcontractors and suppliers. Software packages such as Microsoft Project offer Gantt charts that include built-in communication tools that update everyone when tasks are edited and changed. Simply putting together a construction schedule is not enough anymore. The complexities of most projects require more information to be shared with more people.

3. Drone videos and pictures are a fantastic tool for a construction manager to document the existing conditions of a site prior to work commencing and the progress on the construction site. In most cases real estate investors and stakeholders cannot attend all of the on-site meetings and in some cases rely solely on the construction manager to provide progress updates to them. For ground up projects, drone videos and photographs offer a unique perspective for the entire team.

4. Online shared folders are used for most construction projects for a collaborative approach to construction management. Online packages such as Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive allow all stakeholders, including subcontractors and suppliers, to have the ability to access all design documents and communications. This also helps ensure document control and that all team members are working off of the most up-to-date set of drawings.

5. Product submittals often are a cumbersome process that requires communication between the architect, engineer, general contractor, subcontractors and suppliers to ensure the proper product and materials are being ordered. One project alone may have hundreds if not thousands of submittals that require approvals from the owner and design team. Software packages such as Fieldwire and Submittal Exchange offer solutions to this process.

There are infinite amounts of technologies in existence that can be utilized by the construction manager and stakeholders that will offer more efficient solutions to everyday construction hurdles. Using just a few of these tips will offer immediate, improved results.

Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design expertise to create and develop a winning design build team that is specialized for each customer. Their complete turnkey solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, LLC. is located at 21961 West 83rd Street in Shawnee, Kansas. If you are looking for a building contractor or for more information about interior design-build, call (913) 745-4727 or visit their website http://constructiondesignworks.net.

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