Construction mistakes are a common occurrence and as expensive as a construction project is, any mistakes during the project can prove to be equally costly for the company. Moreover, when it comes to big projects, the last thing a contractor wants to deal with are extra costs. Construction mistakes force the contractor to add the repair and maintenance cost to the construction budget.
Many of us in the preconstruction industry are adjusting to working from home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. By this time, you’ve probably secured the basic technology, such as laptops, HDMI cables, additional monitors, extra keyboards and a mouse. But that’s just the beginning of the story.
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The construction industry really took it on the chin during the Great Recession. The number of construction firms fell by nearly 150,000 between 2007 and 2013 and over 2.3 million jobs were lost due to layoffs, early retirement, and workers leaving for greener pastures. Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, recently said we may already be in a recession due to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As each new day brings a new state and federal guideline urging companies and employees to work remotely, the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing how many construction pros work daily. No doubt, the concept of “social distancing” may prove difficult to swallow in an industry built around person-to-person, one-on-one interactions—from directing crews in the field to huddling around plans in the office.
We are currently living in some interesting times. COVID-19, the novel coronavirus outbreak, was labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, March 11. In the days following that announcement, we have seen our normal, everyday live upended. Many businesses scuttled to get the resources in place for employees to work from home. Schools, fitness centers, sporting events, and movie theaters have all closed. Restaurant, bars, and breweries have been restricted to drive-thru, curbside pickup, and delivery options for the time being.
Construction technology can add value to your business when struggling to transition through each phase of a project. From bidding new jobs to blueprint apps, workforce time management, and exchanging payment documents, there are many free construction software options, as well as paid ones. This can make everyone’s job easier as you work your way from bidding, into project management, and finally to getting paid.