Many studies and researches show that the construction industry suffers from problems of productivity, cost, schedule and quality of the finished product. The process of these projects is mainly centered on production and intensive exchange of information allowing the design and the realization of the product. This is why information and communication technologies are considered by specialists and researchers as the solution to all these issues.
However, the construction industry remains cautious in its investments in ICT. Mobile technologies and cloud computing open up exciting possibilities for the reduction of these problems. It is now possible, using tablets and smartphones, to access all the information about the project and the product to deliver, while making changes.
On the Road of Mobility
Communication and collaboration are essential to the success of a construction project. In constant evolution, technologies continue to surprise us and offer many opportunities to access to information. Emergence of mobile technologies offers lower-cost solutions to facilitate the sharing of information within projects. With the use of digital technology, there are so many possibilities in terms of modernization of communication, collaboration and information gathering in real time.
“We cut out eight hours a week in paperwork by having our guys gather data while they’re performing the service, on location, using iPad,” says Julian Clayton, Vice President of Research and Technology at Crescent Construction Services.
Top Reasons for Using Mobile Devices
The two main reasons are to offer the possibility to solve problems more effectively and communicate more easily with the office. The following figure includes only the tasks for which more than 60% of respondents said that the mobile tools had a positive impact on the completion of the task in question.