The construction industry is constantly changing. From the environmentally-friendly features building owners demand to the next-generation workforce’s comfort with any number of emerging technology platforms, construction is in transition just like any other major industry, from healthcare to education.
There is one constant, however, among the transformation that’s happening. And that’s the industry’s reliance on tools and equipment to get the job done. From hammers and saws to trucks and bulldozers, equipment is one the few aspects of the traditional building project that will likely never change, even as everything else about the jobsite is under a constant state of transformation.
However, therein lies that challenge with equipment – or asset – management: it hasn’t changed much. Asset management is still a highly manual process that is prone to losses, whether the physical tool goes missing or service intervals are missed, causing equipment to fail at the worst possible time.
As much as teams may take for granted that jobsite tools and equipment are seemingly a basic necessity of construction, they are as important to meeting deadlines and achieving profitability as having sufficient manpower and sound estimates. Without the right tools, progress can grind to a halt – and owners rarely have the patience to hear about equipment failures causing a delay.
When it comes to finding a competitive edge, contractors are aware that construction can be a game of inches.
That’s why asset management has emerged as a business practice more contractors are embracing, especially with the capabilities of cloud technology factored in. Combined with asset management software that features a complimentary mobile app, it has become easier than ever for field teams to play a central role in managing equipment and tracking its whereabouts on a day-to-day basis. Tools are another form of currency on the jobsite, and if certain pieces of equipment aren’t where they’re supposed to be at a given time, it could cause a work stoppage or force teams to improvise in ways they’d rather not.
Tracking tools requires following them from various job sites back to the contractor’s warehouse, and then back into the field. When you combine this level of insight with integration into popular construction project management systems like Sage 100 Contractor or Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate, it becomes abundantly clear how asset tracking can transform another essential aspect of a contractor’s business.
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