In a time of increased project complexity, tighter schedules, and a growing lack of skilled labor, construction technology, and project data come at a high demand. The construction industry is experiencing a new wave of technology that’s shedding light on project activity in ways we’ve never seen before. Workforce data collected straight from the site is changing the way we make critical decisions, view site productivity, and determine deployment for our teams.
At Eyrus, we create predictive resource deployment models that are based on the project’s schedule and financials. These models benchmark how many skilled trade workers need to be on site to accomplish the scheduled tasks.
The forecast is compared to detailed workforce data collected in real time. We utilize cutting-edge technology to seamlessly and automatically track individuals moving on and off the construction site. This combination enables managers of all experience levels to have enhanced, structured insights using more visibility than even the most experienced professional would have.
Transparency created by the technology is also helping fill the gaps of the skilled trade labor shortage. Today, contractors struggle with over-staffing, under-staffing, or idle staffing sites, which creates inefficiencies in an already thin labor force.
This can be avoided by understanding exactly how many people per trade need to be on each site every day. Forecasts combined with short term labor planning (pull-planning) enable each contractor to have visibility of their weekly deployment across multiple sites.
Innovating from the ground up
In addition to transferring experience and providing transparency, technology creates efficiencies for the whole team across the project. Automated project reporting and compliance documentation significantly reduce administrative cost and time. Furthermore, each contractor’s progress, safety, and daily reports can be seamlessly shared and analyzed. Arguably, however, the most important outcome of the use of transparent data is the reduction of claims and associated disruptions across all project teams.
Construction is facing a pivotal point of projects becoming more complex, shortages in the workforce, and the eruption of technology across the industry.
It’s essential to understand the importance of workforce data from these technologies and continue to train and educate the industry on how to use it properly. This will support efforts to bridge the gaps created by labor shortages while simultaneously redefining metrics for project success.
Hussein Cholkamy, COO, Eyrus & Alex McManus, CEO, Eyrus, [email protected]