By: Mark Fly on September 9th, 2020
Truth and Consequences: A Tale of Two Estimators
Imagine if you will contractors not adapting to new technology, right? We know every decade has its upwards and downwards trends. Construction, perhaps the oldest trade known, is no stranger to this and yet it's always been the slowest to adapt, second only to agriculture.
Whether it's a result of a man-made or natural event, these trends drive and lead overall strategy, significantly impacting the industry as a whole. A combination of trends, strategy, and technology will drive more innovation and, more importantly, implementation of new tech. As resilient as the industry is, why is construction often unwilling to adapt to new technology?
In the first scenario we'll observe Mark, an estimator at a construction company that has transitioned to remote working conditions.
Mark has adapted fairly well to some of the technology. However well-adapted he seems being remote and isolated, it brings some significant challenges and hurdles that need to be overcome. See how many, oh let's call them “opportunities,” you might see or even recognize.
Some key high-level items include:
In the second clip, Peter has adapted to much of the same technology but taken it a step further. You can clearly see that using cloud-based tools for storage and collaboration increases his productivity. Having defined digital workflows also provides quick and easy access to information when it is needed!
So, don’t be like Mark! Be like Peter!!
About Mark Fly
Mark Fly is a Product Evangelist at ConstructConnect. He is also known as the Bid Coach to subscribers of his popular video series. Mark has 40 years of experience in construction, rising through the ranks from a labor position in high school to play a key role in the development of SmartBid software. He has also provided multi-faceted outsourced estimating services for many years, working directly with owners, GCs, subcontractors, suppliers, and more.