Construction Efficiency: How to Manage Projects With Smaller Crews

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The state of the construction industry labor pool means project managers are often faced with juggling multiple projects with smaller crews. Raken, the #1 Daily Reporting Software, can help improve construction efficiency, allowing managers to do more with less.

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When the housing market nosedived after 2006, an estimated 30 percent of construction workers left the field. The skilled construction labor pool has never recovered. As of August 2016, more than 60 percent of construction firms were having trouble recruiting for hourly craft labor positions, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Improving Construction Efficiency

Under these constraints, project managers need to be able to get the most results from the least effort. Raken’s convenient features turn daily reporting from an inconvenient chore into an essential, easy-to-use management tool.

Raken can be used to help:

By quickly generating customizable reports, Raken provides a transparent look at the most important aspects of a project, allowing you to review any issues that may be affecting construction efficiency. The process is nearly instantaneous versus traditional methods that would require managers to spend hours manually compiling data from each report at the end of the week or month.

Using Reports to Improve Construction Efficiency

The weekly and monthly summary is a compilation of your project's most important data for a specific point in time. That includes manpower, delays, safety issues, and weather.

Report functions include:

  • Providing a weekly/monthly compilation of pertinent job site information for a specified period.
  • Tabulating data to allow granular insight into manpower, delays, and safety issues in order to ensure project remains on track.
  • Automated delivery of reports on a scheduled basis without having to do any extra work.

This report includes a weekly or monthly compilation of subcontractor data as well. For instance, if your electrical contractor’s job performance has been subpar, the report data can be used to pinpoint the issues that are causing the problem. Once a pain point is identified, it can be corrected.

Using Raken’s cloud-based construction monitoring software, project managers can also share and communicate about blueprints, schedules, and pressing needs more easily. Better reporting of errors means corrections can be made more quickly — minimizing delays. Team members can send photos, videos, audio files, and attachments to one another.

Want to learn more about Raken's construction monitoring software? Get started on a 15-day free trial of our mobile construction app and see for yourself how it can help improve construction.