Want to increase efficiency, accuracy and sustainability on your construction projects?

Cloud-based software and mobile apps enable construction professionals to swiftly and accurately capture data in real-time on site, saving valuable time, money and effort, while drastically reducing or eliminating paper usage, and ensuring superior quality data and documentation for client handover at the end of the project.

Do these construction project problems sound familiar?

Double handling data

  • On site data capture = pen and paper + mobile phone photos
  • Data is typed and collated into an electronic format later at the office
  • Data is not real time – only becomes visible & useful hours later

Lost documentation

  • Documents are manually transported between office and site
  • Some documentation is required on site to continue operation. If lost – work stops until the document has returned

What a waste!

  • Construction projects generate a massive amount of paper (around 435 sheets per day on average)
  • Becomes a nightmare to organise and store – scanned paperwork takes up much more storage room than digital documents

Client handover

  • At the end of the project, clients literally receive a truck load of paper work
  • Clients often commit substantial resources to organise, scan & arrange documentation
  • When an adjoining or extension project comes along, investigation into what previously happened means spending money, time and effort

There is a better way!

Mobile and cloud-based technology, such as siteoffice.mobi offers an environmentally sustainable option that saves construction teams time, money and effort, while providing clients with good quality data and documentation at project handover.

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Embracing digital transformation in the construction sector

Over the last two decades, we have seen technological innovations unfolding at an astounding pace. All industries have been affected, both by the advantages of new technologies and by the drawbacks of not adapting swiftly or well enough.

The challenge is clear:

Thriving in a digital future involves embracing change and adapting to the new landscape.

This white paper:

  • Explores the areas where the construction sector has so far lagged behind other sectors in its adoption of digital technologies.
  • Examines the benefits and importance of embracing digital transformation for the future of the industry.

Download the siteoffice.mobi white paper entitled: Embracing digital transformation in the construction sector:


Data takes centre stage: trends in infrastructure 2018

KPMG’s 2018 report on emerging trends in infrastructure identifies key issues facing the sector worldwide. Unsurprisingly, the report acknowledges the role of technology as a driver of enormous change, opportunity and risk in a socio-political landscape that’s characterised by disruption and uncertainty.

“Data is rapidly becoming the backbone of the infrastructure sector”.

The quality of data curation, and how effectively it is shared and analysed, is central to a successful future for the sector.

KPMG stresses the need for government, policy-makers and planners to think differently. There is huge potential for great value to be unlocked, if we respond with vision and purpose.

Trends snapshot

Here’s a snapshot of some of KPMG’s predictions for infrastructure in 2018 and beyond.

The clash of competing forces

A divisive climate has prevailed over the past decade, with young and old, ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’, left and right, East and West increasingly pitted against each other. As such, policy-makers and politicians will need to focus on building bridges between opposing viewpoints and finding ways to balance the needs of all stakeholders if they hope to get anything done.

The challenge? Making smart investment decisions for a shared future. While this guarantees some tough decisions ahead, one thing is clear:

“Making sound decisions in this environment will require better data, more sophisticated analytics and much more reliable projections”.

Sustainability – in all its forms – rises up the agenda

The report asserts that the concept of sustainability needs to be expanded beyond environmental sustainability to include financial, operational, funding, technological and social sustainability.

“Those responsible for our infrastructure will need to improve the way they measure and assess their development and construction metrics.”

The pace of development comes under the microscope

Rethinking how fast or slowly assets are being built is another key consideration in 2018. In mature markets, this means streamlining planning, approval and delivery in order to speed up developments that might otherwise be bogged down in slow consultative processes. In developing markets, it may mean taking a slower, more considered approach.

In both cases, what’s needed is more careful assessment of the future needs of the population, so that the infrastructure is relevant and optimal by the time it begins operating.

The benefits of sharing data become more evident

According to the report, data is rapidly becoming the backbone of the infrastructure sector.

Data ownership is currently a complex issue because no one party owns all of the data required for smart decision-making.

It’s expected that 2018 will see governments improve on the management, sharing and use of data across departments and jurisdictions. In the longer term, the report suggests, data ownership will become less important globally, and the focus will shift to sharing data across multiple platforms while protecting the privacy of individuals.

“High quality data curation will be key to creating value potential”.

siteoffice.mobi: a construction-phase solution

It’s clear that data is the key to optimising:

  • production efficiency
  • communication
  • mobility
  • tracking, reporting and predicting
  • transparency and accountability

That’s why we created our fully integrated project management software, siteoffice.mobi. As a group of builders, engineers and software developers with a passion for improving our industry, we recognise the extraordinary value of real-time data and analysis in the construction phase of infrastructure projects.

siteoffice.mobi is simple, efficient and sustainable – perfectly in step with the priorities of the infrastructure for 2018 and beyond.

 

To download the full KPMG Emerging Trends in Infrastructure 2018 report, visit: https://assets.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2018/02/emerging-trends-in-infrastructure.pdf

No internet connection? No problem

Offline capability lifts productivity on site

Mobile apps that provide full functionality when offline or disconnected are offering construction projects the ability to maintain accurate cost, quantity and financial data and documentation, while avoiding lost time and frustration due to interruptions in workflow. This allows managers and engineers to improve their production rates and avoid major cost blowouts before they happen.

Internet access issues can be common in construction

  • Rural projects may not have any reception on site
  • Large infrastructure projects tend to have mobile black spots
  • Building projects can have black spots due to large amounts of steel reinforcement

Offline capability to the rescue

Mobile and cloud-based technology, such as siteoffice.mobi® is helping drive improvements in productivity across the construction industry, by allowing project teams to track costs and achieved quantities in real-time, even without internet connectivity.

  • Data can be captured anywhere at any time
  • The offline app has minimal loading time
  • Updates can be synchronised or merged from multiple users
  • Allows faster access – sync only when convenient
  • Issues logged and captured immediately – as you see them

siteoffice.mobi® is a real-time cloud-based construction project management focused solution that covers all aspects of the construction phase of a project, giving managers and engineers real-time cost capturing, cost forecasting, a fully integrated program, document management, as well as dashboards and reports.

Keen to take your projects to a whole new level? Access our no implementation fee offer* today – email: info@siteoffice.mobi.
*Sign up before 31 May 2018 to qualify for our no implementation fee offer.

How can civil construction use technology to improve productivity?

The siteoffice.mobi team will be exhibiting and demonstrating our real-time cloud-based construction project management software solution at Civil Contractors Federation NSW State Technology Exhibition, CivilTech 2018, which will take place from 20-21 June 2018 at the Sydney Showground in Exhibition Hall 4B.

CivilTech 2018 will showcase innovative technologies that will improve productivity and give civil construction businesses a competitive edge.

If you purchase plant, equipment, management systems or safety initiatives, CivilTech 2018 is the exhibition for you to get up to speed with the latest innovations in plant, engineering, management systems and safety.

siteoffice.mobi Co-Founder Kalil Zeitoun

With over 38 exhibitors and presentations from over 20 leading experts, including siteoffice.mobi Co-Founder and Construction Manager Kalil Zeitoun, plus hands-on demonstrations, exhibitors and delegates alike can access and explore the latest in civil construction technology at CivilTech 2018.

The NSW civil contracting industry is experiencing an unprecedented boom. Research has confirmed the activity in our industry will stay at its peak level for some years to come providing a unique opportunity for civil contractors. The industry is, however, facing chronic labour and skills shortages. This is only going to get worse as the volume of work entering the pipeline increases over the next three years. As a consequence, projects are at risk and labour costs are skyrocketing.

Smart companies are realising that to survive and remain profitable they must turn to technology to improve productivity.

Are you attending CivilTech 2018? Come and visit us in Booth 3 to catch up with the team, grab some sweet merch and a mentos and enter our business card competition. And make sure you don’t miss Kalil’s presentation on Wednesday 20 June at 2:10pm.

Would you like a live demo and the opportunity to talk to our team? Learn more or register now for CivilTech 2018: http://www.ccfnsw.com/CivilTech2018.

Tech innovations for the construction phase

Tech innovations for the construction phase

McKinsey & Company’s 2017 report The new age of engineering and construction technology has identified that most tech start-ups (about 1,000 companies) in construction and engineering are developing products targeted at the construction phase of projects.

The report found that the uses of new technology products in the construction phase fell into three “clusters”:
• on-site execution
• digital collaboration
• back-office integration.

Construction-phase clusters

On-site execution

One of the largest areas of difficulty for engineering and construction (E&C) companies, on-site issues range from low productivity to delays in material shipments. Tech for on-site execution includes:
• field productivity tools that track crew deployment and activities, helping companies to manage project staffing and on-site productivity
• safety monitoring tools.
• quality control applications.

Digital collaboration
Online collaboration tools allow multiple E&C stakeholders to communicate across distances and adapt plans when necessary to avoid increasing timelines and costs. They include tools for:
• design management, enabling changes to be made to project documents on site, rather than in an office
• contract management
• performance management
• document management.

Back-office integration
Integrating accounting, finance and human resources systems can help companies exploit valuable project data on finances, costs and schedules.

Cross-cluster tools and solutions
The report established that many start-ups were developing tools for multiple uses within the same cluster, but only 13% were developing cross-cluster tools.

Siteoffice.mobi falls into this 13% of groundbreaking start-ups whose products address on-site execution, digital collaboration and back-office integration simultaneously – making us one of the few companies developing comprehensive solutions to the most pressing problems in E&C today.

siteoffice.mobi at Sydney Build 2018

From Thursday 15 – Friday 16 March 2018, the team from siteoffice.mobi will be attending, exhibiting and speaking at Australia’s leading construction, architecture, build and design expo – Sydney Build 2018 at Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries – Hordern Pavillion.

Are you attending Sydney Build 2018? Come and visit us at booth 193, where we will be showcasing our cloud-based construction project management software. While you’re there you can catch up with the team, grab some sweet merch and a mentos and enter our business card competition.

On day two of the conference, siteoffice.mobi Co-Founder and Construction Manager Kalil Zeitoun will present on embracing digital transformation in the construction sector. Don’t miss out on Kalil’s talk at 3:40pm on Friday 16 March, which will detail the Australian construction sector’s opportunity to rapidly adopt emerging digital technologies and the importance of driving industry innovation. In an increasingly competitive landscape, Australia’s leading companies will be those who continue to invest in the next wave of digital technologies to enhance efficiencies and mitigate risk.

If you haven’t yet registered, why not join thousands of attendees from across Australia at the free conference and access over 90 senior speakers, as well as countless workshops, partner sessions and live demos; 150+ exhibitors within 5 zones, 60+ industry partners, plus valuable networking events, not to mention the live music, craft beer festival, whiskey tasting and prize giveaways. Keep up-to-date with the latest projects, news, industry standards and technologies across: construction, design, architecture, cladding, insulation, flooring, lighting, building supplies, hardware, joinery, home automation and everything build related.

Would you like a live demo and the opportunity to talk to our team? Register for free tickets.

Keep track to stay ahead: why cost tracking apps are giving construction companies the edge

Construction projects rely on accurate cost and quantity forecasts using up-to-date financial data. Get this part right and you can take control of your commercial position.

Each day, paper-based financial documentation such as dockets and invoices accumulate on site. What’s the best way to wrestle this information into a system in order to track costs and enable useful forecasting for a construction project?

Spreadsheet

Typically, paper documentation is collected, taken to an office, and then the data is typed into spreadsheets. There are downsides to this type of system:

  • It’s cumbersome and time-consuming.
  • Useful information only becomes available to managers hours later.
  • It’s easy for spreadsheets to become unwieldy and difficult to interpret.
  • Double-handling from site to office can lead to errors and incomplete data.

Mobile app

Spreadsheets begin to look feeble and inefficient when compared with the benefits of recording and processing financial data via a mobile app.

Our siteoffice.mobi app does the work of cost tracking and forecasting for you:

  • Daily costs and production quantities can be captured instantly on site using mobile devices.
  • Data entry takes minutes rather than hours, and doesn’t have to happen in an office.
  • Managers can see activity costs in real time, with live information being captured from the field.
  • Costs and quantity forecasts are updated automatically in real time.
  • The cost register can be filtered by date, resource type, business, docket number or keywords. The full approval history can be viewed for each cost item.
  • Forecasts can be updated daily or weekly, rather than monthly, allowing for more control and proactive management.
  • Cost tracking and forecasting happens on the same integrated platform.

Bin the paper: digital document management is crucial to the future of construction

Construction projects are dogged by paperwork. From schedules to invoices, plans, contracts and permits, extensive documentation is a reality for any construction operation.

Paper and spreadsheets are cumbersome and inefficient modes of storage and measurement; even when meaningful information is captured, it’s usually too late and has already cost time and money. Rather than viewing traditional paper and spreadsheet-based documentation as a necessary evil, construction companies should be asking how they can get better value from this data.

The construction industry in among the least digitized – McKinsey Global Institute digitization index

McKinsey & Company’s 2017 report, The new age of engineering and construction technology, stresses that the industry is “at the cusp of a new era” driven by innovative start-ups that are steadily transforming the landscape of engineering and construction (E&C):

“By providing advanced software, construction-focused hardware, and analytics capabilities, these innovative start-ups are eliminating many of the problems that have dogged the E&C sector for decades, including difficulties compiling and sharing project information.”

Moving away from paper, tech solutions like siteoffice.mobi allow projects to utilise real-time data to track costs and progress in a timely, useful way. Here’s how.

Store

A single, customisable system to store all documents relating to a construction project, siteoffice.mobi securely saves data, making it searchable and available to multiple teams in real time. There’s no need to use separate pieces of software for different documentation, which reduces double-handling and human errors and improves efficiency and communication.

Share

Daily diaries capture events in a work shift across multiple activities and provide a comprehensive summary of production rates, activity progress and resource usage and costs. As soon as a diary is submitted and approved, your construction program, cost register, project forecast, and production, cost and risk graphs are automatically updated.

Because the software is cloud-based, construction teams get real-time updates even when they are on site, allowing them to work with the most up-to-date information.

Strategise

Better data management and real-time communication ultimately represents more transparency and control over projects, improving:

  • efficiency
  • site safety
  • cost forecasting
  • the tracking of a project’s history
  • data analysis across different disciplines to inform future commercial decision making

Silos aren’t the problem, systems are: tech to better connect construction teams

In the construction industry, projects typically involve multiple teams from different disciplines carrying out complex pieces of work. Success relies on these teams integrating and communicating with each other to get the job done.

The idea of the “siloed workplace” is commonly blamed for woes including:

  • poor productivity
  • ineffective coordination
  • wasted resources
  • frustrated teams.

To an extent, siloed work practices deserve their reputation as project saboteurs, but leaders need to be realistic in diagnosing the true source of workplace inefficiencies.

Are inefficient systems contributing to poor productivity?

Silos can make sense

Silos make sense in that they’re teams of skilled specialists who work closely together on a common goal. They’re a reality for most large operations. The point is not to try and destroy silos (and thereby nullify their benefits) but to connect them better.

Systems are the problem

The real cause of silo-related difficulties is the fact that teams are poorly connected. Teams that fail to synergise with the wider project have their work devalued and compromised.

The secret to connecting teams better lies in integrating the systems they use to carry out and track their work. Excel spreadsheets are commonly used as a tool to pull information from disparate systems and communicate it across project teams. There are obvious inefficiencies in this approach, including the time it takes for teams to meet, talk through and hand over spreadsheets, which are liable to change as the project progresses.

Solving the problem

Doing away with the downsides of multiple disconnected systems involves moving to a single system that accommodates everyone’s needs.

Mobile and cloud-based technology, such as siteoffice.mobi, is helping drive improvements in productivity across the construction industry. The siteoffice.mobi software and app covers all aspects of the construction phase of a project, giving managers and engineers access to:

  • real-time cost capturing
  • cost forecasting
  • a fully integrated program
  • document management (Safety, Quality, Design etc.)
  • intuitive dashboards
  • data-driven reports.

Benefits of a single system

Key benefits of this technology include:

  • Real-time project tracking. Far better than spreadsheets and paper-based systems, real-time tracking enables managers to predict and avoid major cost blowouts before they happen, and to improve production rates.
  • Everyone already has a mobile or tablet and knows how to operate it. All teams can have up-to-date project information, including documentation like sketches and plans, in their pockets wherever they go.
  • An integrated digital system captures and analyses data in ways that have not been possible before now. Using this data to make future decisions builds unprecedented value into construction projects.