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Why Engineering and Construction Companies Need Mobile Devices in the Field

Posted by on July 31, 2014 4:52 pm

Mobile devices are usually associated with personal use, especially in terms of Internet connectivity, social networking and consumer apps. Yet they’re also playing a more critical role in enabling workplace efficiency and productivity. For engineering and construction companies, mobile devices offer huge potential on the job site, an environment in which typical computer connectivity often isn’t possible, yet information tracking and access is critical.

Consider a typical engineering or construction crew management scenario. Foremen or site supervisors are tasked with tracking vital project statistics like crew time, equipment time and job progress. When it comes to time management, a common solution is to track employee time using pencil and paper (remember those?) or an Excel spreadsheet. Once that day’s data is gathered, it’s manually transferred to a time-tracking or enterprise software system and collected in a larger data set.

Those methods may be widely used by E&C companies, but there’s no doubt they’re prone to human error, undoubtedly inefficient and a hindrance to timely data entry, which can impact the overall information accuracy. After all, shouldn’t crew members and supervisors spend more time doing billable work instead of dealing with data entry?

Instead, imagine a mobilized workflow that might include a tablet app with which foremen or site supervisors can manage crews, their time spent and units of completion, then use that information to monitor job progress and ensure the project is on budget and on time.

That mobile functionality can be made even more powerful with companion smartphone apps that allow individual crew members to track their time on a project, then seamlessly submit that information to the tablet app to be incorporated into the existing crew data. That data, in turn, can be transmitted to the company’s existing enterprise software system with the touch of a button, an efficient integration that helps facilitate accurate billing and other related tasks.

As a result, burdensome manual processes are replaced with a more efficient, accurate system that not only helps make day-to-day operations run more smoothly—it also helps project stakeholders keep a close eye on the project’s bigger picture, a critical viewpoint to help avoid costly late penalties and other project obstacles.

We’ve closely tracked this demand from the E&C industry and, as a result, have created several mobile solution accelerators that can tackle the aforementioned tasks. If you’re interested in learning more about our portfolio, feel free to drop us a line at info@dsiglobal.com.

In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you. If you’re in the E&C industry, have you incorporated mobile technology on the job site? And if not, do you plan to do so in the coming months?


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