End the jobsite frustration of missing materials
Written By Steve King
eVolve MEP software for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing with Revit.

Losing your keys momentarily is inconvenient.  Losing a pallet of construction materials can be downright expensive.

We don’t mean losing like “they slipped between the couch cushions.”  We mean losing like you really don’t know where they are.  They were supposed to be on the job site by yesterday so your skilled laborers could get to work today, but they never arrived and you’re in a frantic scramble to find out where they are. 

Materials management systems save money on the jobsite.  A recent study showed that on projects that did not utilize material management systems, craft foremen spent 20% of their time tracking down materials orders and 10% of their time expediting orders and following up rush orders.  Let’s say your foreman on a jobsite is making $100,000 per year.  If he’s spending 30% of his time tracking down materials, that means you’re spending $30k every year to have him fix problems rather than oversee the progressing construction of the project. 

Not only is that time poorly spent because of poor process, that’s time that can greatly impact if a project comes in on-time and on-budget.  It’s $30,000 that comes down to the bottom line of the excess costs of the project.  It’s an avoidable expense remedied by a materials management system like eVolve Materials.

Your foreman doesn’t need to spend countless hours confirming the delivery of numerous shipments.  Or fretting about when a missed delivery will arrive.  Or trying to track down backorders.  Or panicking that a received delivery only contained half the number of an SKU that was requisitioned.  

A robust materials management system provides a consolidated, easy-to-understand platform so the foreman, on the jobsite, can get the updated status of deliveries from every supplier.  It lets him to track the status of any backorders or short shipments to allow for proper personnel management and reassignment of the labor force as needed. 

In short, an investment in materials management isn’t a luxury in today’s AEC world; it’s a necessity borne out by its proven returns.  The goal of a materials management platform isn’t just to track deliveries, but to make sure your construction project moves ahead at peak efficiency based on the timetable of available materials and the work scheduled around them. 

Contact your eVolve Materials consultant to schedule an appointment to discuss optimizing your materials delivery.  Oh, and your lost keys?  Check the pocket of your pants in the laundry basket.   

For more ways to integrate materials management to improve cost and supply chain performance, contact eVolve Materials for an analysis of your needs

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