Autonomous technology is met with a lot of mixed emotions on either side of the spectrum. Some are nervous their job will be replaced while others are exhilarated by a brighter tomorrow. When it comes to autonomous vehicles and the construction industry, it's helpful to follow the trends now so there are fewer surprises later. The construction industry has already seen robotics and autonomous vehicles introduced to job sites, and the possibilities of how they these tools can be used are seemingly endless. Learn more about what's working, what could be a potential problem, and how you can prepare for both the good and bad of autonomy in construction.
The basic concept of climate change is the idea that people are having a negative impact on the Earth's environment. NASA states that the current warming trend is 95% likely to be caused by the decisions of humans and that the rate at which it's occurring is unprecedented. The planet is warming 10 times faster than any other discernable time in history.
As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, construction spending has been on the rise for several years now, but there are many factors that could slow this down in the future.
Although construction spending has been on a slow, steady rise for several years now, getting to higher levels in the next few years may become a bit more challenging.
One of our prospective customers said they very recently saw a webinar from a large ERP provider who proclaimed that their software was better because it is “built-in” and not “bolted on.” This led me to ponder the question “is an integrated time tracking solution always best?”
Construction and energy companies have always played on a different field level than businesses in other industries. Because most of their activity occurs at remote job sites, they have traditionally operated with severe limitations. Information exchange between the “field” and the “office” has typically been on a delayed basis, meaning many decisions were often made on dated information.
Buying software can be a very harrowing experience. The motivation usually comes from problems your field and/or office users have had to deal with until they reach the breaking point, at which time, they want you to fix the issues, pronto!
So you start doing your due diligence and begin researching the available options. You find out that there are approximately 50,000 potential solutions, or so it seems, and now, you’ve got to narrow your choices down to a few.
At this point, you make a few phone calls, send out a questionnaire, or maybe you even do some cursory demos to get down to smaller list of feasible options. Now you schedule more in-depth demos, gather your people together, and listen to the various presentations.
Do you enjoy buying software?
Not many people do.
Purchasing software is rarely an easy task, even when it is free. When you may have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars, it can get downright terrifying. Companies delay purchase decisions for weeks, months, or in some outlying cases, years.
But why is this?
Mobile and cloud-based time tracking systems have come a long way in a short period of time. From very basic beginnings these applications have become increasingly sophisticated, utilizing the latest technology to quickly and accurately track labor time, equipment time, and other jobsite information.These programs have consistently provided significant improvement in worker efficiency and productivity, but they are not free. Any purchase of or subscription to a mobile time and attendance system should come only after a thorough analysis of the return on investment (ROI) on such a program.
One of the most common issues in tracking employee time is “buddy punching” where one employee punches the clock for another employee is who late to work, leaves early, or is absent altogether. Buddy punching is relatively easy to accomplish when a company collects its time for field or shop employees using paper timesheets, punch cards, bar code badges, or proximity cards. All that is required is for the “buddy” in attendance to fill out the paper timesheet, or to scan the other buddy’s badge or card.