Why You Should Ask Your Contractor What Software They Use
By Nathan | Posted on June 30th, 2016
When you're window shopping for a construction firm for your dream project, there are certain things that you're going to be checking for. The quality of the contractor's work on previous projects, for example. The reputation of the firm's integrity is another. But the type of construction software that your potential contractor uses probably won't be one of the criteria you'll be checking on. Your goal is a safe, stable, quality structure, done on time. Should you really care what that firm is doing on its computers expect perhaps for pulling up and printing out your invoice?
Actually, you should. Paperwork has long been a part of construction, and not just in terms of billing. Project management relies on efficient paperwork for everything from daily reporting, to scheduling, to subcontractor activity, to payroll. A half century ago, such notes were recorded by hand on sites, then laboriously typed up, either in a field office if one was available, or done in the contractor's main office if not. In either case, delay and possibly misplacement of these reports might be the case. And while lost or tardy paperwork would seem to be a contractor's problem, and not a client's, such issues can help to create project delays, safety issues, and projects being shut down altogether.
The right field reporting software is especially important, as it allows contractor employees to write and file reports from almost anywhere. This means that reports and construction time cards can quickly and properly be written and submitted, so that they can be reviewed and approved more rapidly, allowing projects to stay on schedule. Raken construction software for daily reporting allows contractors to save from sixty to ninety minutes a day in routine report completion. This software for contractors also allows them to author weekly and monthly reports on everything that affects a construction project, from project progress (or reasons for delays), to payroll, and other cost tracking. And the right reporting software like Raken's can be utilized in a number of ways that can help a project to move safely and efficiently along.
So. Software that keeps projects on time, on budget, and that helps to insure safe and efficient completion? It sounds as though not only contractors should be seeking this technology out for their firms. Potential project clients should also be checking up on what contractors are using, to insure the best possible outcome for their dream projects.