14th June 2017: a date that will live with people in the same way that 9/11 and 7/7 will. The loss of lives and homes in the Grenfell tragedy highlighted that clear changes needed to be made within our industry. Dame Judith Hackitt was placed with responsibility for highlighting these areas. Almost 2 years on, what progress has been made and how does that impact the industry?
Timesheets are a great way of tracking the shifts that your staff work. However, in the hectic modern construction environment, it can be tough to keep on top of when your staff are clocking in and clocking out of their shifts, which project they are assigned to or what rate you are paying them, meaning you might not be getting as much from your team as you otherwise could, or are not tracking or assigning the costs to projects effectively.
If you work in the Architectural, Engineering or Construction (AEC) industry, you will have heard of BIM (Building Information Modelling). You may be an expert, you may have an idea or you may not have given it a second thought, especially if you aren’t involved in public sector works.
If two things have become particular FoMo (fear-of-missing out) issues in AEC social-media space these days, here they are.
There are many reasons why we feel that it’s not the best idea to try and use generic software when there are specific software packages out there built for your industry.
When growing up, it’s easy to form a preconception that the trades industry is second best. After all, how often do you hear a child wanting to become a plumber? Instead, they’re more likely to want to become an astronaut or a pop star!
Mention construction delays to anyone in the industry and you’ll hear endless stories of projects which run on for weeks, months and years over schedule. In fact, construction delays are so common that, according to McKinsey Global Institute, 77% of projects are behind schedule.
When it comes to construction, it is very difficult to manage all the resources manually by an individual. However, the advancement in technology has introduced various software’s which help you understand the plan, control projects and measure the progress of the construction.
Understanding the challenges our industry faces is crucial, especially as we head into a cloud of uncertainty in March and beyond.