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Fostering Collaboration in Construction Project Management Through Integrated Technology

Integrating new solutions into your already robust tech stack may seem like a hassle, but here are some top tips to seamlessly implement and innovate.
By Carl Storms
May 10, 2024
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Effective project management is the backbone of successful construction projects, and it requires seamless collaboration between various stakeholders. From general contractors and subcontractors to architects and engineers, each party plays a crucial role in ensuring a project's success.

Research suggests that the adoption of innovative construction project-management software can help transform the way teams work together.

Integrating platforms that facilitate collaboration into your projects and ensuring all the various stakeholders get involved can have a significant impact on project delivery.

Not only does adopting construction project-management platforms streamline project workflows and improve individual efficiency, but it also helps to break down barriers and foster a culture of cooperation that benefits the entire project lifecycle.

BREAKING DOWN DATA SILOS

One of the primary challenges in construction project management is the fragmentation of information across different platforms and teams.

According to a study by McKinsey & Company, construction projects can involve up to 500 different software applications, leading to a lack of visibility, delayed decision-making and the risk of critical data being lost or overlooked.

Construction projects are inherently complex, with multiple stakeholders, each with their own priorities and preferred tools. Integrated platforms that act as a central hub, aggregating project information from various sources, can help foster better collaboration and decision-making.

By breaking down these data silos, construction teams can access the information they need, when they need it, without having to navigate multiple systems or wait for updates from other parties.

This not only saves time but also reduces the risk of errors and miscommunications that can lead to costly delays or disputes.

STREAMLINING WORKFLOWS

Firms from across the globe have been able to save countless hours and substantially reduce project costs by centralizing their project data with the help of a project-management platform. In addition to centralizing project data, construction-management software can also help streamline workflows and processes; improving collaboration and project efficiency.

Not only does it provide impressive benefits on an individual level for project stakeholders, but these tools make the prospect of project-management platforms even more attractive for teams to work together effectively toward a common goal.

“Automated data transfer, real-time updates and customizable workflows can help eliminate manual tasks, reduce duplication of effort and ensure that everyone is working from the same page,” says Carl Veillette, Newforma's chief product officer. “This not only improves efficiency but also mitigates the risk of costly rework.”

CULTURE OF COLLABORATION

Beyond the technical benefits of project management information systems, these tools can also play a crucial role in fostering a culture of collaboration within the industry.

By breaking down silos, improving communication and aligning teams around shared goals, these platforms can help construction professionals work together more effectively and build stronger, more productive relationships.

Collaboration is not just about the technology; it's about the people and the processes that enable them to work together seamlessly. When teams can access the information they need, communicate effectively and make decisions based on a shared understanding of the project, it creates an environment where everyone can thrive.

This collaborative mindset can have far-reaching benefits, from improved project outcomes to increased job satisfaction and employee retention.

By investing in a project management information system that prioritizes collaboration and acts as an attractive alternative to the status quo for their employees, AEC firms can position themselves for long-term success and help drive positive change within the industry.

SMOOTH INTEGRATION WITH EXISTING TECH

Ensure the collaboration software seamlessly integrates with the tools and platforms your teams already use, minimizing disruption to existing workflows.

Look for solutions that act as a central hub, aggregating project information from various sources and enabling cohesion in AEC processes.

EASY ADOPTION AND SINGLE SOURCE OF TRUTH

Ensure access to exact, reliable and up-to-date project data, such as spatial data and BIM models, to serve as a common foundation for decision making.

Providing users with an easy-to-use and easy-to-adopt central hub for all project information, from project emails to RFIs and everything in between, will incite greater collaboration as it will make it straightforward for anyone to jump in and take part in the success of a given project.

Look for solutions that break down data silos and provide a centralized, secure location for all project information, empowering teams to make better-informed decisions.

USER-FRIENDLY, IN-CONTEXT, ADD-ON

Choose collaboration software with an intuitive, smartphone-like user experience to expedite adoption by all stakeholders, including non-technical users.

You can also leverage in-context add-ons that enhance project connectivity and workflow efficiency, making it even easier for teams to work together effectively.

Foster a culture of collaboration by selecting software that promotes inclusive communication and encourages feedback among project managers and team members.

By focusing on seamless integration, user-friendly design and fostering a collaborative culture, construction firms can ensure a smooth adoption of collaboration and coordination software, unlocking the full benefits of improved productivity, efficiency and risk mitigation.

by Carl Storms
Carl Storms is the technical solutions lead at Newforma, and a seasoned AECO industry pro with a journey dating back to '98. From shaping residential and commercial spaces to consulting in the BIM realm, Carl's diverse experience speaks volumes.

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