Any construction project, big or small, is not without risks. With the right planning and preparation, however, you can reduce your exposure to these risks. Doing so ensures you are able to identify, evaluate, and address potential problems before they affect deadlines and productivity.
However, the very nature of construction makes this extremely difficult. Construction is a field that involves multiple team members and numerous stakeholders. Throughout the entire process, stringent laws, codes, and regulations must be adhered to. Additionally, each aspect of the business should be functioning at an optimum level to minimize exposure to financial, scheduling, design, and safety risks.
A lot of construction companies turn to Construction Management Systems (CMS) to help them improve operational efficiency and manage risks effectively. The question now is, how can a CMS help you achieve this?
Here are 3 main reasons to consider:
1. Ensure team productivity
A CMS helps to track and monitor your construction team’s time so that it’s being used wisely. By monitoring employees’ time and progress on specific projects, costs can be easily justified and informed decisions can be made based on data that can quantify their productivity.
Another advantage of adopting a CMS is that your hiring decisions are based on actual data to ensure maximum productivity and reduces the risk on future projects.
2. Minimize safety hazards
Construction sites are prone to safety hazards. In fact, a study by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health showed that construction-related deaths in New York City alone increased by 47% in 2015. Therefore, ensuring job sites are safe for workers, employees, and others is a high priority. Furthermore, without adequate established safety procedures, your project timeline could suffer.
One of the critical aspects to improve the safety of your entire team is to provide a platform that facilitates accessible, real-time communication for everyone, such as a CMS. Ensuring that everyone is in the loop and kept up-to-date regarding critical safety information eliminates the worry of team members missing important safety updates.
3. Manage scheduling and coordination efficiently
In an industry that has to ensure efficiency across different divisions simultaneously, coordination is key. Without a centralized platform that everyone can access, miscommunication often occurs. This can cause a lot of problems when finalizing designs, securing permits, scheduling, and budgets.
Simple misalignments in coordination can cause major production delays and mix-ups in scheduling or permits could result in demolition and rework. A CMS easily minimizes this risk by ensuring everyone is well-coordinated.
Important documents are centralized and can be accessed by team members who require them. Locating documents is faster and easier as well. This greatly reduces the negative impact that manual filing and searching has on your team’s time. Consistent reporting based on automated data gathering means you’re able to minimize errors and inconsistency in your project timeline and budget.
At the end of the day, construction risks will always be something that the business would be exposed to in this industry. Fortunately, by adopting a CMS, you can reduce the uncertainty inherent to construction projects.
To learn more about how CMS can help address construction risks, contact PASKRtoday.