Commercial construction projects can entail a large cost along with a lot of man power…not to mention all the different job roles that are on and off the job sites.
When it comes to data, everyone has their own agenda. With all the different roles and levels of authority on a job site, not everyone is interested in the same type of information generated from field data. For example, an electrical discipline may wonder, “Are my employees getting tasks completed in a timely manner?”, while a program manager may ask, “How quickly are Safety issues being resolved?”. That being said, with different data meaning different things to different roles, representing the right data in the right way is the key to reducing job costs, staying on schedule, and remaining transparent.
However, none of this means anything if you’re still using the old “paper and pencil” method to capture your data. Today, manual, paper-based processes are a thing of the past, replaced by construction quality and field management solutions that are being used to track data in 5 major areas:
Supervisors and Managers can use a field management solution to gather field data and generate reports that allow them to keep track of schedules and individual or team performances, establish metrics, and even manage incentive programs.
- Manage the work
When needed, field management solutions can provide you with the right information to make your decision making process more efficient and accurate.
- Issue Management
Aging reports, workflow management, and quick words help to put everyone on the same page.
- Inspection Management
From linking issues to different work to validating change request information and generating completion reports, field management solutions put field data to work at its max.
- Total Quality Management (TQM)
Field data is useful even at the corporate level. Field management solutions are useful in putting field data into context, enabling business executives to visualize the data and use this information to make important decisions, such as determining KPI.
A high-performance field management solution must be able to allow its users to input this type of data while also generating the appropriate reports to show the status and progress. It’s similar to what Jeff Goodell, author and contributing editor to the Rolling Stone, said, “…To have good data, we need good satellites”, and in the construction world, to have good data, you need a solid field management solution.