Digitizing a construction site: Where do you start?

As a contractor, you often ask yourself where exactly you should start with digitization in your construction company. After all, there are literally a thousand construction sites that lend themselves to this. Read here 4 typical problems in the construction process and how to solve them through digitization.

1. "We have problems finding suitable subcontractors quickly and efficiently."

Drafting an RFP, having it proofread, comparing vendors, discussing options, having it approved, and finally awarding and managing the contract – finding a subcontractor for a particular project can often take a long time. After all, awarding the contract alone is not enough, as the subcontractor must be continuously supported and managed. This entails a lot of work.

A solution to make this process faster, more efficient and thus less stressful has been developed by the start-up Cosuno. From the search and selection to the awarding and follow-up of a subcontractor, the entire process is handled in one simple software. This allows you to compare different providers directly with each other and then place orders with a click. This not only saves stress, but also time and thus costs. According to the company, the advantages are time savings of up to 60 % and up to 50 % higher response rates to tenders. Around 80,000 subcontractors are now registered in the network.

2. "I don't have an overview of where my machines are located."

We know from our own experience: Construction companies, regardless of size, often lack an overview of the entire equipment fleet. This means not only large construction machines, but also small equipment such as drills or chains. Due to this lack of overview, you often spend a lot of time on the phone and searching.

But there are already digital solutions for this today that can be easily implemented. With SAM, machines can be located live and displayed on a clear map. At the push of a button, you can see directly which machine and which device is on which project and who is responsible for it. Transports can also be organized intuitively and quickly via the software. Here you will find all the features of SAM and what benefits it offers.

3. "We often notice upcoming machine inspections too late."

If a machine is scheduled for various projects for a long time, it must not happen that upcoming technical checks are overlooked. In the worst case, this delays projects because there is a long wait for the device. The VDBUM has long been a reliable partner when it comes to conducting technical inspections. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the association to provide fast, digital processing of technical inspection records. Read more about this in our blog post – because in the meantime not only partners of the VDBUM but also SAM users benefit from this function.

4. "Construction equipment is often posted to the wrong cost centers."

Due to the aforementioned lack of machine and project overview, machines are often booked manually to the cost centers. Since this also involves a lot of time on the phone, incorrect bookings are not uncommon here.

The magic word: automatic cost center allocation. The machines are equipped with telematics devices and assigned to current projects. Thus, the machine operating hours performed in a given project are automatically assigned. This automates the process and prevents errors.

Convince yourself and request a free demo directly!

August 18, 2021

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