New Tech in Construction

Matt Shelly
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If you have been wondering what type of construction technology is out there and what it could do for your business, you're not alone. Even though people are becoming more tech savvy every day, the construction industry is only just beginning to embrace new forms of technology. While most construction professionals view mobile technology as important to their businesses, they haven't been using new technology enough to realize its full potential. From tablets to cloud-hosted software, construction technology is evolving, and with the right tools, you can streamline your day-to-day operations, cut costs, and increase productivity.

One of the most popular construction technology trends is mobile devices. Cellular phones and tablets make it easy for office employees to communicate with employees on job sites. Employees can use smartphones and tablets to view important emails concerning job details, call into the office to check in, or communicate with other onsite workers without wandering around construction sites. While mobile devices have a lot of advantages, they really come in handy when you pair them with cloud-hosted software.

Web-based software is a form of construction technology that was designed to streamline your company's operations. The software is hosted and maintained by the software company, and because it's accessed via the Internet, all of your employees can view all of your job information from any location. In addition, Web-based software designed for the construction industry often offers asset-management capabilities. You can use cloud-hosted software to schedule preventative maintenance for your company's equipment, track the inventory you have on hand, and record your employees' work hours.

Construction technology affects most major aspects of the construction industry, including project planning. According to SYS-CON Media, COMSS, an Irish software company, recently launched a new technology designed to provide estimators with the tools they need to deliver accurate project estimates quickly. The new software is designed for small-to-medium-size construction firms, and it integrates with the company's Web-based software program, InBusiness Construction Suite. Another company, JetStream, offers online construction software that helps you calculate accurate estimates and integrates with QuickBooks.

If you're looking for the complete software package, you'll find numerous companies offering construction management software. With Web-based construction management software, you can complete estimates for potential customers, estimate job costs, manage details of specific projects, and track important accounting records.

The latest trends in construction technology can already accomplish so much, and you can expect advances in construction technology to continue. Before long, construction managers and executives will wonder how their businesses ever functioned without mobile devices and Web-based software.

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