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There are four reasons to manage your worksite digitally. BY JOHN KENNEDY AND RICHARD BERGFELD
are signs that more
contractors are recognizing the
value digitization provides.
he construction business, with
all of the contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and other vendors,
manages more critical documents
on a day-to-day basis than nearly any other
industry. As a result, construction work trailers often become a storage and management
nightmare, reduced to document warehouses with little to no room for contractors to
On larger projects, costs are driven up by a
need for more space to store all of the necessary documentation, not to mention the time
wasted at all job sites sorting through paperwork to find critical information. Multiple
areas are open to improvement:
* Paper gets in the way - The sheer space
and expense required to store all neces-
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sary documentation (often multiple copies of each document)
is substantial - and this storage can interfere with jobsite operations. Think of the last time you stepped into a construction
trailer and thought, "There's plenty of room in here to conduct a
meeting," or the last time you said, "Let me get those out of your
way" as you shuffled a stack to the side to make room.
* Closeouts take too long - The closeout of a project is significantly longer and more complex because of all of the files to handle.
Once a project's build is complete, it can take a few weeks to
several months to shut down an office and get all documentation archived. It's been estimated in an interview with Hathaway
executives that it takes an average of seven months to close out
a large project. That is a lot of overhead to absorb. In addition,
many projects require archiving all documents at least 10 years
out, which can be a costly logistical hassle.
* "Document Manager" isn't your job title - Managing all of this
paper is daunting, especially on large jobs. When multiple
copies of documents require distribution to multiple loca-