Do you know where your people are now? Where they will be tomorrow, or next week?
Do you know where your equipment is now? Where it will be tomorrow, or next week?
Do you know what it costs to operate your equipment per hour? And when your equipment sits idle, do you know what that costs you per hour?
If you answered yes to these questions, congratulations. Not only are you running your company, you are making more money than nearly all of your competitors. You can stop reading now.
If you’re still here, well, you’re not running your company. Who is? The people who know where your
resources are – maybe your foremen, your job managers, your dispatcher, even a subcontractor or
Times have changed. No longer can you dedicate resources to a few large, profitable jobs. Now you
need to allocate your assets across dozens of jobs, much like a well-diversified investment
portfolio. Construction is a different business. It requires different thinking. It requires an
intense focus on productivity.
You know the value of great estimating. Do you know how to increase the profit from each job?
Consider this: on most jobs, a mere 5% increase in productivity would more than double your profit.
Where do you find that 5%? Well, about 50% of the typical construction day is unproductive. Half of
that unproductive time YOU control. Here are the root causes: Information is inaccurate or
outdated. Equipment is double-booked. Two people or teams are doing the same work. Your people are waiting on someone or something, waiting, waiting, waiting, before they can take action. These productivity killers cost you time and money. They all result from poor scheduling and dispatching.
Schedulers and dispatchers play important roles. Each time a schedule changes, they must inform
each affected party – crew chiefs, equipment operators and project managers. In smaller
organizations, scheduling and dispatching are often merged into one job. This is not wise, for they
are distinct roles. The scheduler must decide on the most efficient use of resources across jobs,
while the dispatcher coordinates those resources. And while the dispatcher need not do the
scheduling, he must know what the schedule is. When he doesn’t, resources are often not where they should be, and dirt hits the fan.
How do take control of your resources? You schedule them in advance. Plan ahead. Take the time to decide what resources will be allocated to particular jobs at particular times. Put the right
resource on the right job at the right time. Minimize idle time, maximize efficiency.
The solution: One master schedule, shared throughout the organization and integrated with your
construction ERP and Payroll systems. All your scheduling and dispatching information is in one
place, correct and up-to- date. Changes are made easily and easily shared. Stakeholders – all of
them – know where they need to be, when they can expect the equipment, how long they will have it, and where it goes next. In addition, scheduling your resources in advance allows you to plan around resource constraints, such as having more jobs that your current staffing level can handle.
Ready to supercharge your productivity? United Solutions is ready to partner with you. Let us help
you mastering software in the world – and reap the rewards. To learn more,
visit www.u-s-i.com or call USI President Greg Kirshe at 508.460.0045, ext. 1305.
United Solutions provides unmatched software solutions and support for more than 3,000 clients in the construction, real estate industries. We enable our clients to operate at peak efficiency and maximize their profits.Read More
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