The AEC industry is akin to a dynamic ecosystem with numerous components that interconnect and thrive together between various stakeholders. When considering all of the moving parts within this space, innovative solutions are a key organism towards binding and optimizing AEC operations. The BuiltWorlds Benchmarking Program is a valuable resource for AEC professionals to measure the strength of their tech adoption. Within the BuiltWorlds Benchmarking Program are five key categories: Preconstruction; Project Management & Oversight; Field Management Solutions; Tools, Equipment, & Robotics; and Offsite (Modular) Construction. With five comprehensive surveys offered annually, BuiltWorlds is able to benchmark the current state of tech adoption from users around the world.
BuiltWorlds has created Technology Specialty Reports to supply members with an agnostic view inside leading and emerging tech solutions that are driving innovation across the industry. Within this piece will be a digestible summary of the five tech specialties that BuiltWorlds has segmented within their Field Management Solutions.
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1. Materials Management
Materials Management solutions facilitate the ability of a project’s team to access estimated times of arrival for materials, identify the whereabouts of materials within the project site, and optimize the efficiency of delivery scheduling. Additionally, contractors are also empowered to monitor the procurement, transportation, and storage of project materials. By leveraging this tech, contractors can effectively monitor and integrate procurement activities into the construction schedule, guaranteeing the availability of materials at the necessary time.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control solutions serve the purpose of ensuring the attainment of high quality outcomes within construction projects. This is accomplished through active tracking, communicating, monitoring, and forecasting to provide assurance and project control. The implementation of these solutions minimizes the likelihood of potential rework while ensuring the completion of the contractual scope of a project according to the established plan.
3. Reality Capture
Reality capture solutions provide project stakeholders with the opportunity to obtain visual or measurable insights into the quantities of work completed, as-built conditions, and overall site activities. Cutting-edge tech, such as laser scanning, photogrammetry, and drone imaging are utilized to capture high-resolution images and data from a project’s site. Stakeholders can then access 3D models, virtual reality simulations, and other visualizations that allow them to enhance their comprehension of site conditions while continuing to monitor site progress and proactively identify any potential issues.
4. Safety & Risk Management
Employing Safety & Risk Management solutions empowers contractors with the ability to minimize the likelihood of risk occurring within their projects. This can be achieved through the implementation of risk planning, informing stakeholders about potential hazards, and actively monitoring and analyzing risks. Many of this tech has features with the ability to predict risk before it becomes a problem along with intuitive incident reporting.
5. Workforce Management
Workforce Management solutions equip project teams with the capability to effectively assign and oversee labor and workforce duties within projects. This is accomplished through proactive scheduling, ensuring compliance requirements are met, tracking time and materials, managing tasks, and monitoring productivity. These insights offer real-time visibility into workforce performance, and enabling project managers to make informed decisions pertaining to planning, scheduling, and training.