Global cost and project management consultant Rider Levett Bucknall has a simple bit of advice about what to tell contractors in construction in regards to what project management technologies they ought to use: Don’t do it. There are just too many software applications out there, says company executive Paul Brussow. Asking a contractor to change the way it works midstream just creates more hassles than it’s worth.
- “There are so many software applications in the construction industry, and we need to conform in many ways to the technologies that the contractors are using.”
- “There’s dozens of applications. Depending on the size of the company, up to 30 applications could be installed, some off the shelf, others home-grown, and they are all cobbled together with spit and shoe polish.”
- The Dodge Data & Analytics report, for example, surveyed 170 institutional and commercial project owners, and 44% admitted to not effectively engaging with other project stakeholders.
“Project managers looking to get the most from their technologies need to make a concerted effort to drill down into intermediate and advanced level usage to improve collaboration as well as job site productivity and efficiency.”