This April, new housing construction grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.14 million according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
While the market looks promising, it is not without its challenges. To meet the increasing demand, construction projects must run smoothly and efficiently from start to finish. This means utilizing technologies to streamline inefficient workflows. Or in other words, industry professionals need to ditch paper.
Drop The Paper Habit
Most projects involve not only developers, architects, and engineers but also estimators, regulators, city planners, and others who need quick and easy access to drawings, specifications, and guidelines.
In the past, those documents meant paper. Lots of paper.
But printing, markups, and handoffs are slow, inefficient, and costly. To maximize productivity and avoid delays, every project participant needs to be able to access, use, and update information in real time.
The advent of cloud-based technology has dramatically changed construction communication. You can now create, share, and collaborate on contract documents, plans, and other paperwork online or in-app.
Managing, marking up, and distributing your drawings digitally equates to one critical result: everyone on the team always has the latest set of drawings. No timely handoffs, bad handwriting, or printing necessary.
The Competitive Advantage
Change is difficult, but if you don’t do it, your competitor sure will. The mark of a successful construction project is one that is completed on time and on budget. Paper drawing management is not passing any efficiency tests.
The contractors, architects, etc. that take advantage of this technology have one up on those who don’t: they can ensure everyone involved is viewing and working on the same set of documents, at all times. No one on the team is working from outdated info, so mistakes are not being made. No one is running around printing paper. The bottom line? You’re saving time, hassle, and money.
Reducing paper usage on the jobsite is a dramatic change. But it’s an evolution that fundamentally improves every aspect of the document communication process. Here at ARC, we’ve helped many make this transition, and when they make the switch to digital drawing management, they always say the same thing:
“We’re never going back to paper.”