cost. Small words with large implications on a construction project. Risk arising
from them sends chills up the spine of every project manager out there. Since risk
is one thing on a construction project that cannot be completely controlled, some
companies accede to a certain amount of risk as the price they pay to keep the
project on schedule. But they’re selling themselves short, because risk can be
managed for minimal impact throughout the course of a project with the right construction
software solutions. As related in the September, 2019 Construction Productivity
Blog, “Top 6 Construction Risks –
And How to Reduce Them,”
the top risks that you can manage for by using the right construction software
Labor: Risk is inherent in anything where human beings are involved. They (we) can be unpredictable, more productive some days than others, motivated or not, love or hate the job. Add to that the fact that fewer people entering the job market are skilled at or interested in the “dirty” jobs of construction, and you’ve got exposure to a whole lot of risk. You can’t manage for all of those variables. But you can enlist software that evens the playing field between unpredictable human nature and transparency in job performance. Autodesk Revit and the Autodesk BIM 360 family of products enable workflows that can track just about any activity on the job. They keep people accountable. In addition technology is an enticement to the new tech-savvy workforce.
Safety: Even when everyone is trying their best to be safety conscious, poor communication can foul things up. Hearsay doesn’t hold up in court, and in the long run it doesn’t hold up on the construction site either. Every person on the job needs to stay updated as the project comes together so they can avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time. BIM 360 Build, for instance, has safety and quality checklists.
Design: As crazy as it seems, tight schedules can motivate teams
to take a gamble and work from a design that’s not finished to keep the project on track. Trouble is, as Murphy’s
Law implies, where that “advance” work is taking place might be the very place
the drawings change, requiring rework. Even when someone isn’t trying to cut
corners, they can still end up working from outdated drawings if they’re not looped
in on revisions, or if the updated set is under the seat in someone’s pickup
truck. And that leads to the next source of risk.
Documentation: When there’s an issue on the jobsite,
the solution needs to be communicated to the right people clearly so they can
solve it quickly. Manually directing that process using paper drawings not only
wastes time, it’s prone to human error. Field-friendly software, like BIM 360 Docs,
enables onsite documenting of issues in real-time and tracking of corrections.
Reporting: Filling out reports is a drag. For
that reason among others, reports can be delayed and contain bad information in
a paper-based workflow. They are subject to human error if issues are not
memorialized on the jobsite in real-time. A mobile app will streamline
reporting, and filling out a report template on a smartphone or tablet is quick
Disputes: The historical problem with CYA
management on a job is that invariably someone’s A doesn’t get covered. It may
be a break with tradition, but when everyone collaborates on a BIM model, errors
and omissions can be minimal or even nonexistent. Since errors are often caused
by a lack of correct documentation, the BIM process solves that problem. When
everyone – from the architect to the trades – is collaborating on the way the
project will come together, they can see the end from the beginning. The result
is less CYA and more SotB (slap on the back).
From Revit in
the BIM process, to the desktop and mobile apps in the BIM 360 family, to
checklists and reporting software, owners, GCs and the trades – more and more
of whom are using eVolve MEP to reduce project risk and cost – are
finding ways to manage multiple risks on the job from
the very first designs to handover at the end. For more information or a demo
of eVolve MEP, schedule a quick discovery
call. And if you’d like
to talk to an industry expert about the right combination of construction
software tools to help minimize your firm’s risk on construction projects, contact Applied Software
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