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Commercial

By Guy Skillett

Increasing Productivity
with Technology

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n a typical construction project,
there is one resource that dominates all other costs: labor. Up to
50 percent of the cost of construction can be attributed to the cost of the craft
workforce. Not only is labor a significant cost
on many projects, it's also the most variable
and the least understood. Construction sites
are complex and rapidly changing, where
unforeseen events like weather, equipment
delays and worker turnover are all levers that
can seriously impact productivity.
The construction industry often considers
labor as a fixed cost, where little can be done
to optimize craft performance and productivity. There's some obvious reasons why this

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is the case. Construction is largely executed by subcontractors, where
jobsite conditions and project execution are defined by planning and
sequencing of work by contractors. Subcontractors are often not in
control of all the factors that define project success.
However, this is beginning to change as construction firms and
emerging technology solutions develop new workflows for making the
factors that impact the construction workforce more transparent. Firms
that embraced digital solutions several years ago are now leveraging
those early investments and deploying new technologies that improve
the management and measurement of their field workforce. These
companies are seeing how technology reduces the time spent on low
value tasks - allowing them to more proactively manage their projects,
mitigate risks, and deliver more successful outcomes.
An obvious benefit of digital technology is time saved doing manual data entry. Necessary but often time-consuming functions like
timekeeping, daily construction reporting and tracking for potential


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