Challenge: Does "benchmark" data really matter to all trades? Absolutely! And if you are not reviewing relevant data in your trade, you could be losing money. What is "relevant" benchmark data? Benchmark data is actually a process of measuring something specific, such as your services, processes, or even sales, against others in your same industry.
Challenge: As a contractor, organizing your bids sure can be a pain. As a subcontractor, you may get the same project sent to you by more than one general contractor and as a general contractor, you have to be sure the proposals you receive are based on all of your documents for the project and not someone else's. Even though the scope is primarily determined by the official construction documents released, a general contractor may choose to add a narrative, or an RFI log, or a number of other variances. So the struggle is real. We just kind of .... go along with it.
Challenge: I know what kind of work I do, but under what construction "trade code" am I? This is a question I have heard often in my career. And it is a relevant question! It seems like there are so many codes to choose from. And, depending on the owner, architect, general contractor, and others, the "codes" used to define a project's scope can come from different sources.
Challenge: So you broke down and bought a new high-tech tool. Could be a Bluetooth-enabled tool, new GPS system for the truck fleet, or a new preconstruction software app. You're busy, but you know you have to learn to use this as well as your team. Quite often, after a purchase, we get so wrapped up in our day-to-day we simply never implement the new tool. And, after so much time goes by and it is time to pay the subscription, update, or other related fee, we pass. Even though you may have benefited from some basic usage, you never got the full value. Right? There was no real significant value since it wasn't implemented and it actually felt like a waste of your hard earned cash. And yet, once a need pops up again, you see a great solution and the cycle starts all over. I recall rebuilding my first engine in my younger days, and was astonished it ran with all the parts left over! The tools we buy and never completely implement can be much like that. Lots of items left unused, and yet we are happy it at least runs!
Challenge: OK, not to rehash the news, but, we know the construction industry went through a whirlwind in the last year. With remote working, new safety protocols, entire segment shutdowns, and more, many contractors had to quickly pivot, reevaluate, and keep moving forward.
Challenge: It's that time. Whether you are moving up from a manual process, or upgrading an existing digital workflow, you have made the decision to move forward. You have complained enough about your current workflow and been watching the trends around your industry. How could you not? Alexa will certainly be pushing info your way in a constant stream of "try this, use this, buy this" all in the name of, yes, I will say it, "saving you time & money." And I believe that statement for the most part.
Challenge: You have software you've been using for some time and you know it has some other capabilities that would definitely provide benefit to you and ease some of the workload, but doggone it, you just haven't had time to contact support, or watch the videos, or attend webinars. But amazingly, the workflow you have is hindered and lengthier because you don't use the other beneficial features or workflows that would save you time. It is a situation that I've seen many times over the years. I'm still guilty (from time to time) of the the same scenario.
Challenge: What does the term "takeoff" or "take-off" mean in the construction industry? Wikipedia refers to the synonymous name "Quantity Take-off." Essentially it refers to a means of measuring, calculating, and defining a specific scope of work from construction project documents.