Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
The advancements in new age communication technology are changing and shaping the construction industry more than ever, and this technology can be utilized to solve the many issues faced in the realm of office to field communication. Currently, many companies in the construction industry struggle to effectively manage office to field communication. In an industry where details surrounding RFI’s, change orders, and submittals are constantly changing, it is imperative that information is communicated effectively and in a timely manner to the necessary people. If communication is not flowing in an accurate and succinct manner, very costly mistakes can be made and projects can suffer serious consequences. Construction software apps for the iPad or iPhone have made this challenge of office to field communication easier but companies are still reluctant to adopt this technology. During my internship at Webcor, I noticed that a mobile app that allows easier communication from office to field was needed. Applications using a connected network can reduce the communication mistakes that can lead to cost, schedule, and safety challenges. As more and more companies are moving toward integrating new age communication technology, the question arises as to how to best implement this technology. This paper will not only seek to demonstrate the best practice for implementing this new technology, but also exhibit how companies can improve productivity, safety, costs, and the scheduling process by adopting this type of technology.