How to Improve Collaboration in Construction and Why It’s Important

Construction Collaboration

Solutions to help you better communicate with your team and complete projects

The construction industry in America employs over six million people and completes over a trillion dollars worth of projects every year. With so many moving parts and different people working on one job, it’s a wonder how anything gets done.

A team’s ability to successfully collaborate is essential to completing any project on time and within budget. Poor collaboration can result in wasted time and wasted money.

Challenges the construction industry faces

While the construction industry has grown in a variety of ways, productivity continues to be a major challenge. The lack of growth in this area is largely credited to the industry’s hesitance to adopt technology.

Over the last 20 years, the number of construction technologies has risen exponentially so why has the construction industry been slow to innovate and incorporate these new systems into their current value chains?

What is collaboration?

Collaboration is defined as the process of two or more people working together to complete a task but more directly refers to the individual efforts of those people and how it affects the efficiency of the project as a whole.

As it relates to the construction industry, collaboration can be seen as document and information sharing, task coordination, protocols for communication, problem resolution procedures, cost and budget clarity, and more. Each member of a project team – architect, engineer, general contractor, subcontractor, or supplier – commit to making timely contributions based on their individual knowledge and capabilities in an effort to complete a project based on the expectations set forth by the project owner.

How to start being more collaborative

While some methods are more efficient than others, there’s no right or wrong way to collaborate. However, it’s time to abandon paper-based systems and embrace technology! With the emergence of construction technology, there are even more systems in place to help you keep everyone on the same page and your project on the right track. With so many different cloud-based and mobile applications available, why does anyone waste their time with manual processes or desktop-based software anymore?

Technology has had a huge impact on facilitating greater means of collaboration. Solutions exist on all devices from tablets to smartphones and account for all aspects of construction such as BIM and project management. These solutions are making it easier to be more effective from pre-planning to invoicing. Here are a few technologies streamlining essential processes and making teams more collaborative and productive:

Dodge

One of the first market intelligence and collaboration platforms for the construction industry. Dodge can help you identify and pursue unseen growth opportunities and execute on those opportunities for enhanced business performance.

PlanGrid

A construction productivity software that delivers real-time project information to the people who need it. They focus on construction management, giving builders real-time access to blueprints, punch lists, daily reports, submittals and more.

Buildertrend

A software for builders, remodelers, and specialty contractors that connects everyone to the details of a project. From schedules, daily logs, change orders, accounting and more, Buildertrend makes it easy for all project stakeholders to collaborate.

STACK

The number one, cloud-based takeoff and estimating software that simplifies complex construction projects. It’s intuitively designed to increase speed and eliminate costly errors – giving you more hours in the day to focus on growing your business.

We believe collaboration starts during the early stages of a project, so we’ve created tools to help. Project sharing with STACK ensures everyone has visibility and the most current information. Whether you’re a general contractor, supplier, or estimator, quickly share your takeoffs and estimate reports with your external contacts.

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