Pre-construction leaders today have their work cut out for them: construction projects have gotten more complex, and there’s a skilled labor shortage that has made those projects even more challenging.
But there’s also been a revolution in the industry in the last few years, especially the technology and estimation tools that are now available to help pre-construction leaders guarantee efficiency, accuracy, and project success.
When the right systems are in place, you can help your team go further, but only when you invest in construction technology to support those systems. If you’re looking to streamline the way your pre-construction team handles projects, keep reading for a few strategies and solutions.
The construction technology you choose needs to support your team in various ways in order to effectively streamline your pre-construction processes. These tools should keep your projects and team accountable and on track throughout any phase of construction. Here are a few features to look for in your construction technology:
Client Relationship Manager (CRM)
A client relationship manager will keep data and project information in one database. “Using a CRM system will boost productivity among reps, keep all information regarding prospects in a central location, help your team close more deals, and foster important business relationships,” according to HubSpot.
Your CRM can also sync with other programs to help with managing your client’s projects, estimates, and any communication with them.
Data Integration and Security
Keeping all your data managed is critical, but experts warn that handing over sensitive information to a third party comes with risks.
“Outsourcing can be a good way to save money,” writes Greg Davis for Construction Executive, “but companies need to ensure they are contracting with reputable partners. Make sure vendors proactively fight against cyber-attacks and offer guarantees if data is compromised.”
Reporting and Digital Takeoffs
Your team and clients need ways to visualize the information that you’re collecting: this helps with communication and any decision-making on projects. Digital reports and takeoffs can help give construction teams the bigger picture on a project, from costs to materials needed, and makes your estimation process far more efficient.
“Many projects fail either because they bite off more than they can chew and thus grossly underestimate time and money or because a significant part of the work has been overlooked,” reports the staff of Harvard Business Review.
If your team is still using manual methods and outdated technology to collect information, this slows projects down even more. But because of the rising demand for transparency and efficiency in construction, technology and tools have been developed to help teams with pre-construction and estimation (and to replace outdated spreadsheets).
You can help guarantee project efficiency (and success) when you invest in your pre-construction process with modern construction technology.
“Computers have played an increasingly larger role in cost estimation for complex calculations as the design and construction industry has become more computerized,” according to WBDG.
But as the industry has evolved and adapted to new systems, so has the construction technology.
ProEst’s software helps pre-construction leaders align their teams and processes toward business success. This innovative technology gives teams digital accountability and project visibility, which helps make communication and data more accurate, resulting in more efficient and cost-effective projects.
ProEst has solutions to help meet the demands of today’s pre-construction leaders:
The pre-construction process is such a crucial part of every project, and that’s where accuracy is needed most: when you have accurate data, you can create more accurate bids. This kind of transparency helps out everyone involved in a construction project (especially the customer).
But this accuracy is even more essential in today’s construction industry. The lack of skilled labor and cost of materials has made construction a frustrating process for all stakeholders, whether it’s residential, commercial, or education construction. “From Maryland to Washington State, school and university construction projects are seeing cost increases that are forcing school boards and university trustees to reconsider their original plans or go back to the drawing board altogether,” reports Construction Dive.
When teams are supported with the right technology and estimation tools, however, construction leaders can help give their clients more accurate estimates and the kind of customer service they’re looking for.
Help your pre-construction team streamline their processes, ensure estimate accuracy, and guarantee project success when you work with tools that hold everyone accountable. Take a tour of ProEst here.
ProEst is a cloud-based pre-construction estimating platform that helps you create accurate estimates and digital takeoffs directly from blueprints quickly, allowing you to determine the most favorable rates for your company within the estimation process. There’s no guesswork involved. ProEst makes quality project estimation assurance in commercial construction companies effortless. You won’t have to engage your entire team to be sure your numbers are accurate.
To learn more about how your commercial construction company can increase its profits through company-wide alignment that drastically improves business performance, reach out today and schedule a 1-on-1 walkthrough with one of our specialists!