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change order work are often the responsibility of superintendents
and seasoned field managers. Having managers bear the burden of
manual data capture means they're often spending their valuable
time not at work or directing their crews, but in the trailer after a long
day. The question is, as a construction owner, would you rather have
your valuable frontline supervision spending their time on paperwork or planning the next day of work?
The good news is that many of these manual data processes are
functions that can be digitized and automated. The increasing adoption of smartphones and tablets on the jobsite, paired with a growing
number of construction specific applications, ensures the barriers to
digital data entry direct from the field level are eliminated.

Immediate Visibility
When field data is made available in real-time, a cascade of benefits is
made available for project stakeholders. Digitization makes possible
a daily view of project production, productivity and progress, rather
than a static spreadsheet-like report a week later. Empowered with
this data, foremen and front-line supervision can partner closely with
project managers and engineers to identify risks and take action to
resolve them before they become problematic.
Consider the manual process for documenting time and material
tickets. Today, the industry standard is to track out-of-scope work
completed by subcontractors with a manual, carbon-copy ticket.
Time and materials (T&M) scope is often unaccounted for until
these tickets are processed.
More importantly, subcontractors cannot be paid for their work
until these paper tickets are processed and approved in contract
change orders. Often, the result is that subcontractors aren't paid
until months after the work has been completed.
By digitizing T&M tickets, additional costs are immediately visible
to both subcontractors and general contractors, timely administration
and processing is supported and project owners gain the opportunity
of approving costs in a timely fashion. Subcontractors are compensated for their work, cash flow is mitigated, and their cost of working
capital is reduced.

Accurate Bidding, Increased Profits
Clearly, for digital technology to be fully embraced it must have a
positive impact on the bottom line. Not just for the owner but the
contractor making the investment as well.
While the industry is still in the early days of digitization, all
signs point to "yes" when it comes to improved operating conditions. Firms are finding that digitization at the field level not only
delivers better operating conditions for their project teams, but
generates highly insightful data on historical costs, future estimates and forecasting. Project unit rates are assigned in estimates

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CSI diversifies and expands as it marks its
40th anniversary.
Company Profiles
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Rybak Development
Continental Building Company
Snavely Group - The Quarter
Cocozza Group
Skyline Scaffolding Inc./Vik XS
Services
Clemens Construction
Forney Construction - BSA Camp
Strake
McCarthy Ranch - McCarthy
Creekside Industrial Center
New World Design Builders
CSI Construction
Latitude Development - Latitude
Business Park

with greater accuracy, and the underlying
financial position of projects can be better
predicted and protected.
Of course, none of these changes happen
overnight. Like every journey, the process
of improving project outcomes starts with
a single step. For many firms, that first step
is saying goodbye to manual paper-based
processes and embracing digitization.
Firms looking to begin the digitization
journey should evaluate all relevant field
data sources they need to track and then
find a solution that makes collection as
seamless as possible. With a focus on bottom-up digitization and collection of data
at the field level, firms will begin to build a
foundation towards improved productivity
for years to come.

Guy Skillett is vice president of construction innovation for Rhumbix. For more
information, visit www.rhumbix.com.

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