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  1. End Communication Gaps between the Office and Construction Site

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    Technology has advanced immensely over the past 20 years.  Can you remember when Apple stock was just $14 a share, or when talking over the internet first became possible?  10 years ago, Cisco launched its first 79 Series internet phone and Facebook finally made itself available to users other than college students. Only five years ago, Apple stock was $350 a share and mobile tablets were moving into the mainstream.

    Today, almost 200 million smartphones are used in the U.S. alone. This means that 2 out of every 3 people have non-stop connections via technology. The irony is, many of us in the construction industry are not leveraging these advancements in consumer electronics in the workplace. For example, we may be completely wireless and use tablets to speak with our children via video calls at home, yet, at work, we still use the old 79 Series Cisco phones. Essentially, we are working like Fred Flintstone in a George Jetson world!

    What does this mean for construction projects? Long, slow and inaccurate paper trails from the jobsite to the office. Crews aren’t doing the most critical tasks. Problems aren’t caught and addressed until long after they happen. Point timesheet systems that lack integration with other project systems can create even more problems than they solve.

    Communication is key in the construction industry. Knowing the plan and consistently and efficiently executing it is imperative to project success. It doesn’t matter how good the plan is, if it’s not communicated effectively, it will not be executed well. For example, gaps in communication between superintendents and foremen often obscure inefficiencies that won’t surface until cost reports are printed a week or more later. Disconnects can occur from the huge amounts of paper needed to communicate, especially around time tracking, quantity tracking and old Excel spreadsheets that are not integrated with mobile technology.

    Does this story sound familiar?

    Are you tired of the paper trail and want to know how InEight can help?

    We recently hosted a webinar about leveraging workplace technology to improve jobsite project execution:

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  2. Are Paper Processes Slowing You Down?

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    In the hectic environment of an active construction project, paper processes can significantly impact your ability to efficiently manage project execution. They can also hinder your ability to quickly understand performance and make the changes necessary to keep everything moving forward.

    As we talk to customers about their project challenges, we often find that paper-based processes are the root-cause of many of their issues.

    Take the timesheet collection process: At the end of each shift, a foreman must collect actual hours worked by each crew member. Once each name, hour total, and signature is captured, these timesheets then need to be transferred into accounting and payroll systems to ensure proper payment. Hours worked must also be shared with the schedule so that project managers can monitor productivity and keep everything on track.

    Managing all of these timesheets with paper can be time consuming and error prone. For example, not all handwriting is legible. Also, on a busy day, a foreman may lose track of paper. Or a manager may need to quickly find a timecard from a month ago to verify information.

    How can this process be improved to more quickly and accurately capture what construction crews have done?

    You can achieve greater efficiency and accuracy around job tracking with mobile solutions that are part of a unified project control platform. With an integrated software solution, foremen can easily track crew activities on tablets. In addition, information entered in the tablet can be linked to scheduling, cost management and accounting systems in real-time, providing better project management visibility into jobsite activity. A mobile solution can also drive billing and improve cash flow by capturing timesheets hours and flow them directly into payroll.

    Foremen and crews along with project managers can all benefit from replacing traditional paper processes with mobile solutions.

  3. Three Age-Old Project Execution Challenges

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    Here at InEight, we often hear, “What’s going on in the field isn’t matching the plan!” Crews are not doing the most critical tasks and problems are reported to managers long after they actually happen. Slow and inaccurate paper processes get in the way and can lead to project delays, cost overruns, inefficiencies and surprises for the management team.

    In a recent webinar, “Leveraging Construction Technology on the Jobsite”, we discussed three of the age-old project execution challenges:

    • Communication gaps between the office and the field
    • Disorganized daily planning
    • Slow and error-prone capture of work progress and timesheet data

    During the webinar, we polled the construction-industry attendees and learned that their single-most common challenge is around the communication gaps between office and field.

    In a competitive market, it is imperative for construction companies to innovate. Mobile technology is becoming increasingly essential in construction. However, even as consumer electronics advance, construction professionals still struggle to leverage technology to overcome age-old project challenges. For example, we conducted a second poll during the webinar to learn whether viewers were currently using mobile applications in their company. An astounding 55% responded “No.”

    We have since found that our webinar attendees were not alone. According to 2015’s “The 4th Annual Construction Technology Report” by JB Knowledge, of more than two thousand construction industry respondents, 77% claim mobility capabilities are important for their software solutions, up from 59% in 2012. However, less than half of those respondents actually reported using software in their role, even though mobile applications were available.

    Why is there such a gap between today’s innovative consumer technology and the tools found at many jobsites?

    If you would like to know the answer to this question and learn how InEight can help, please watch our free on-demand webinar:  Leveraging Construction Technology on the Jobsite. In this webinar, we use real-world examples to show how modern integrated mobility solutions can help you solve common construction jobsite problems.

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  4. Bring Order to Disorganized Bidding Processes [Blog]

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    Back in the days before smartphones and email, contact information was stored in many different places: an address book, a roller desk, post-it notes, old mail… Remember back then? You had to search all over just to find someone’s contact information. And then, keeping everything up-to-date was another problem altogether.

    The challenge of disorganized bidding on construction jobs is similar to the old problem with contacts: When job estimates are created by multiple people using different programs, gathering the data necessary to prepare accurate bids can be slow and time-consuming. Without systematic processes, creating bids can be tedious work. Instead, managers need a trusted way to ensure nothing is missed and all key information is available so they can quickly create the best estimate possible.

    We recommend solving disorganized bidding in four ways:
    1) Deploy a unified estimating platform – A unified estimating platform allows multiple estimators to collaborate on the bidding process. This increases efficiency and consistency. Faster estimating leads to more bids and, ultimately, more work.

    2) Leverage Benchmarking – Capturing and leveraging best practices and benchmarking against similar jobs allows you to confidently create more accurate bids.

    3) Standardize cost account code structure down to a third level of detail – Common account code structure enables consistent reporting.

    4) Utilize common reports and management dashboards – Ensure all stakeholders are (literally) on the same page by creating and deploying standard reports and dashboards.

    Don’t be stuck with disorganized bidding – By addressing this challenge, you can quickly and easily create more accurate bids, which can, ultimately, help your company be more successful.


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  5. Build Better Estimates with Benchmarking

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    The 5 Most Common PCM Challenges – Challenge #3:  No Ability to Benchmark Estimates

    Hello and how are you doing today?

    Good? Great!

    How is your company doing today?

    Did you just realize you might not know the answer to this question? You’re not alone. Many others are in the same situation. New potential customers often come to us and say: “We have no way of knowing if we are getting our best estimate!” The good news is that we can help.

    In our recent webinar, “Overcoming the 5 Most Common Project Cost Management Challenges,” we discuss the importance of benchmarking in order to confidently create more accurate estimates. Just as we often ask each other “How are things going?” it is important to consider this question as it relates to your company. Benchmarking is the key to always having the correct answer.

    Without the ability to benchmark estimates, contractors can suffer from slow estimating, inaccurate estimates, lack of confidence, inconsistencies and duplicative efforts.  In addition, you have limited ability to understand how the current estimate compares to other similar jobs that have been completed or bid on.  Ultimately, you can’t be fully-confident about your new estimates.

    To bring benchmarking capabilities to your organization, we recommend four key steps:

    1. Define base unit of measure
    2. Establish common denominator down to a third level of detail
    3. Embrace benchmarking
    4. Develop a learning organization

    The construction industry is a competitive place. Having the confidence of knowing how your company is doing is key to outperforming competitors and ensuring you are creating the most accurate estimates possible.

    Would you like to know how InEight solutions can help your business with benchmarking?


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  6. Leverage Historical Benchmarks for Estimates [WEBINAR REPLAY]

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    Start Benchmarking Estimates and Get the Confidence You Need to Win More Jobs at The Right Price!

    Watch this Webinar Replay to learn how to leverage historical benchmarks to avoid unprofitable projects and win jobs at the right price.

    Listen to InEight’s estimating and project cost management experts discuss how to:

    • Increase estimate confidence through historical benchmarking
    • Leverage standardized account codes for cross-enterprise consistency
    • Win more jobs at the right price, while avoiding unprofitable projects.


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  • AIKEN Increases Estimating Accuracy by 20% [CASE STUDY]

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    The Aiken Group was spending significant capital developing internal project management methods that did not deliver strategic functionality. They needed to efficiently increase the quality of estimation, project tracking, and customer reporting.

    Because many processes relied on Excel spreadsheets and project actuals were not being updated with real field data, estimating teams did not havea centralized and updated historical database to reference . . .

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