The competition in today’s construction industry is intense and firms are faced with the dilemma of how to increase their competitiveness. One of the best strategies that construction firms employ in order to adapt to an ever-changing world is to leverage technology.
There have been many technological advancements in recent years that help make managing construction projects easier, faster, and more efficient. One such example though that you probably will not think of is the use of construction cameras.
Construction cameras can be used for many different things. Some of the most common uses are the following:
Construction projects normally involve many different tasks done by several different people. Each one’s progress can be challenging to track and record especially if the project is big and goes on over a long period of time.
Construction cameras can be used to help with documentation because they are able to capture the project each step of the way via time lapse photography or even videos. Documentation is not just an industry standard but also usually part of a project contract especially in large projects. Everything is documented to form part of the project’s permanent record. Construction cameras can make this process of recording easier and faster for the team.
2. Project Management
Construction projects of all sizes require proper management so that they can be finished according to plan and without losing time or money. However, not all sites can be easily accessible at all times and project managers can’t possibly be on site 24/7.
With construction cameras though, project managers and other stakeholders can monitor the job site in real time even from an offsite location. Most cameras these days are connected to the Internet, which allows others to see what is actually happening at the site, from many different angles and at any given time. This helps managers to not only keep watch of their workers but also see and resolve issues on delays and disputes immediately, which saves the company time and money.
3. Safety and Security
The construction firm must prioritize the safety of their workers and the security of the job site as well. Construction sites can be danger zones but construction cameras can help them be a safer work environment.
For one, cameras can help deter intruders who may be planning on trespassing on the site to steal valuable and expensive materials such as steel, copper piping, and more. Losing such materials can contribute not only to the firm losing a lot of money but can also cause significant delays on the project.
Cameras can also help keep workers safe simply by being able to monitor if all safety procedures are being followed at all times. If any violations occur, the team can immediately address it and prevent accidents from happening that can cause injury or loss of life.
Effective communication is an integral part of the success of any project, especially one as large and complex as a construction project that involves many different teams of people. Issues such as miscommunication and delays can occur if there is poor communication among the teams.
Cameras make it easier and faster for teams to communicate with each other. For instance, workers on site can report more effectively to their superiors in headquarters if they can immediately show pictures of the site taken by the cameras.
Aside from this, reporting the progress to clients can be made easier using construction cameras too. Time lapse photos and videos, as well as live streaming, can be utilized to update clients on what’s going on without the need to go on site.
Construction firms are faced with tough competition these days. They need to level up on how they promote their services as well. While having a website and a printed portfolio are still useful, they just are not enough to impress these days.
Using time lapse photos and videos of the construction projects is a creative way to create a presentation to impress potential new clients. Compared to regular printed portfolios, they are more interactive, compelling, and can generate more interest and excitement. They can even be used during trade fairs and exhibitions to entice attendees to visit the firm’s booth and inquire about their services.
Remaining competitive in the construction industry can be challenging but not impossible. Leveraging technology, such as using construction cameras, can help firms rise to the top by managing their projects better and achieving more with less time and money.