Construction firms benefit from mobile device usage
March 18, 2013
Construction firms, like most businesses in the United States, are undergoing an evolution in the use of technology to optimize daily tasks. The use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is revolutionizing the way businesses access construction software in the field and interact with clients or partners throughout the day. Connecting decision makers to real-time data and facilitating instant communication with workers enhances construction businesses and accelerates the launch and expansion of projects across all sectors.
Laptops and smartphones make a difference
The recent Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices found 85 percent of construction firm decision makers in the United States and Canada feel mobile devices are benefiting their firms. Business leaders are using the technologies to access company information remotely, which results in less time and money spent on travel. Instant reporting capabilities for workers on the job site is also improving construction business, making it easier to quickly decide on a course of action, while reducing costs and human error from inaccurate reports. Furthermore, the study revealed:
"The construction industry particularly benefits from mobile devices, which, for example, can eliminate the need to haul bulky sets of plans and four-inch thick books of project specifications to the job site," said Joe Langner, executive vice president of Sage North America. "From becoming more efficient to increasing collaboration between those on the job site and those in the office, mobility will make it easier to accomplish tasks and project goals beyond just the 'four walls.'"
Emerging LIDAR technology on the rise
One innovative use of mobile devices in the construction industry is the deployment of mobile light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology. The optical remote sensing technology measures distances or other physical properties of worksites with laser light and gathers data using mobile devices. The solutions are designed for construction and other building industries, helping professionals gauge work environment data and makeup more efficiently so building plans accurately reflect the landscape and resources in place.
R&D Magazine reported when LIDAR technology penetrates more markets, construction firms will enjoy reduced costs, improved efficiency and enhanced safety. The more detailed the reports on work environments are before projects commence, the more efficiently a firm will be able to complete a plan while eliminating avoidable obstacles and delays.