How Cloud-Based Tools are Transforming Collaboration in Construction

August 1, 2023

The construction industry, a sector often viewed as traditional and occasionally hesitant in terms of innovation, is currently undergoing a quiet revolution. We're talking about the integration of cloud-based technology into everyday workflows and processes. As an IT expert with abundant experience in the construction industry, I can tell you that the days of worn-out binders and chaotic Excel spreadsheets are numbered. Now we're getting down to the nitty-gritty with the power of the cloud.

Enthusiastic about technology and the possibilities offered by Industry 4.0, we at codeto are working with the goal of promoting and accelerating this process as much as possible. We are true lovers of efficiency and have made it our mission to help our customers get to the next level.

Getting a Grip on the Problem

Before turning our attention to cloud-based solutions, let's take a look at traditional pain points. The construction industry is a complex machinery with many moving parts - workers, materials, equipment, schedules, and budgets. Add to this the fact that often multiple teams and departments must work together at various locations. Communication was often sluggish, and the flood of information was hard to control. Sometimes it felt like trying to steer an oil tanker with a paddle.

Codeto has recognized that digitalization is the key to solving many of these problems. With their expertise in IT and a deep understanding of the construction industry, codeto has developed innovative, cloud-based tools aimed at taking the helm of the metaphorical oil tanker and regaining control.

Welcome to the Cloud

Cloud-based technology is a game-changer, ladies and gentlemen. We're talking about real-time communication and access to information from anywhere. Yes, even from a construction site in the middle of nowhere. Construction projects are dynamic, and changes happen in the blink of an eye. Cloud-based tools ensure that all team members have access to up-to-date data and can communicate in real time, significantly reducing delays and misunderstandings.

Let's spice this up with a pinch of detail-love:

1. Information on Demand

Imagine you're a site manager operating from the construction site. In the past, you had to rely on bulky folders, outdated Excel spreadsheets, and endless email chains. Now? The cloud is your personal assistant keeping an eye on everything. You have instant access to plans, material lists, schedules, and more. One click or tap, and you're in the know.

2. Real-Time Collaboration

It's time to retire the walkie-talkies. The cloud allows teams to collaborate more quickly and efficiently. Need quick feedback from the architect? Or need to inform the structural engineer about a change? No problem. Share documents and information and let feedback flow directly onto the platform. Real-time synchronization? Check.

3. Scalability and Flexibility

The cloud adapts to you, not the other way around. The construction industry has its ups and downs, and sometimes requirements change faster than the weather. Cloud-based solutions allow you to scale resources up or down as needed. This means less cost when things are quiet, and more power when things are busy.

4. Security and Backup

Ever lost important documents due to a computer crash? It's like biting into a lemon. Cloud-based tools often offer automatic backups and top-notch security features. So you can sleep peacefully, knowing that your data is safe and protected.

5. Remote Access

Sometimes it feels like you're on a wild chase - from the construction site to the office and back. The cloud takes this hustle away from you. You and your team can work from anywhere. Whether you're on the construction site, in the office, or working from home - all you need is an internet connection.

That's how it is, ladies and gentlemen. The cloud has the potential to catapult construction into a new era. The sky's the limit when it comes to the possibilities offered by cloud-based technology.

Here's Where planr Comes into Play

planr is, so to speak, the Don Corleone of cloud-based solutions for construction. Okay, joking aside. But seriously, planr has a lot to offer. Custom filters, mobile access, and bomb-proof scheduling are just some of the features.

Staff Planning with planr

planr brings structure and clarity to the sometimes chaotic environment of personnel planning on the construction site. You can efficiently organize your employees and assign them specific tasks, so everyone knows exactly what to do. With just a few clicks, you can divide and sort teams and groups. planr allows you to arrange employees in the desired order and even create your own filters to optimize your planning. This means you always have an overview of who is on duty when and where. No overlaps, no misunderstandings – just smooth and efficient personnel planning.

Mobile Access

planr knows that site managers and construction workers don't always sit at a desk. Rather, they are often on construction sites, and here mobile access is a real advantage. With planr, you can access your personal weekly planning via smartphone or tablet, greatly simplifying your workday. You see exactly what day and at what time you or your employees need to be at which location. You can also view notes and retrieve addresses. This means you have all important information at hand, no matter where you are.

Keeping an Eye on Utilization

In the construction industry, it can quickly happen that you lose track of workloads. Here planr shows its strengths. With this tool, you can track and adjust your company's and your employees' utilization in real time. You can see at a glance who is fully booked and who still has capacity. This allows you to react faster and more effectively when requirements change. Whether it's about accepting a new project or reassigning an employee to another construction site, with planr you have full control.

Written by Shqipe Azizi, Codeto GmbH

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