Construction sites are generally based on a multitude of very traditional processes, given the variety of processes that must be addressed in outdoor environments and therefore poorly connected. Mobile teams of contractors, subcontractors and supplier stakeholders are increasingly fragmented.
Work planning, action monitoring, non-quality management, reports of interventions, scores, customer relations, supplier relations, receipt of deliveries, instructions to partners, lifting of reserves are all processes often performed manually today because of the uses of the profession. Studies show that more than 60% of construction workers continue to collect data on their construction site in a traditional way.
At the same time, BIM (Building Information Modeling) is gradually moving into architecture and construction and is bringing technology to the heart of the building site. BIM first touched the upstream (design) and downstream (exploitation) phases of projects. It is now on the construction site at the execution stage, where digitization is the least effective. Currently, this phase comes out of isolation because IT becomes simple, ergonomic and adapted.
Finally, the construction and public works sector is one of the sectors that is the riskiest for employees, with only 18% of lost time accidents and nearly 30% of deaths.
The use of mobile digital solutions is revolutionizing the way work is done, while increasing productivity, efficiency and safety on a construction site. A tablet or smartphone is enough for the performer to access the main information he needs.
Digital, smartphone and tablet applications offer many opportunities to improve business processes. First, the mobile application can be permanently embedded by each manager and speaker, it can work without any network connection, and then manage the connection to business systems in a staggered manner. These technologies therefore offer significant gains in terms of time, quality of execution, safety and performance. It is now about applying lean to construction and taking advantage of its advantages to optimize operational excellence.
How UERP responds to these issues
UERP is a process digitization platform that responds precisely to these needs within a single tool. With adapted modules, it manages all the processes of a building site, from end to end via the use of a smartphone or a tablet.
To do this, an administrator sets a complete platform for managing all job processes on a smartphone or tablet. More generally, mobile applications created using UERP will be able to record construction site events and generate reports, manage the assignments and schedules of the people working on the site, increase their security as well as the management of the project in its entirety. The UERP platform makes it possible to create personalized applications dedicated to each specific problem, in 23 languages, making the communication between the different countries even more fluid and thus enabling a world-class construction group with construction sites spread over different continents, to communicate instantly in a unified way and on a very large scale.
Thanks to the variety of modules dedicated to spatial data management, equipment located in buildings and the management of a wider variety of management processes, UERP provides a comprehensive coverage of management needs in BIM, which brings together all the possibilities of digitizing processes.
Mobile technology enables real-time reporting of what is happening on the job site. Thanks to UERP, the site manager automatically records the services of his teams, their working conditions and the costs associated with the project. UERP facilitates the use of Big Data in construction.
In particular, UERP will:
Accelerate communication and streamline exchanges between internal and external stakeholders of the construction site:
– by adding relevant documents or information within the tool in order to communicate more simply with the active members of the site;
– by managing all partners on smartphone terminal: internal teams, customers, suppliers, co-contractors with a simplified relationship;
– by creating applications for managing internal and external data transmission processes.
Simplify and sh(orten deadlines for dealing with suppliers:
– managing tenders for supplies and subcontracting;
– instantly creating subcontracts and supplies from pre-established template banks;
– registering suppliers’ signatures on the contracts.
To follow the implementation of the site planning and associated human resources:
– managing intervention planning processes using collaborative access;
– by following the completion of the tasks and the duration of these tasks;
– identifying the necessary resources and assigning tasks to different team members;
– by monitoring the various points related to the planning;
– by keeping the staff score.
To follow the progress of the construction site, its follow-up and the regulation:
– by building the action planning documents;
– by following the performances of realization of the different dimensions of a project;
– by carrying out non-quality follow-ups;
– by collecting information on the site;
– by piloting incidents, accidents and risk situations with corrective actions;
– receiving deliveries of supplies;
– by providing reports and minutes of meetings.
To monitor and control safety on the construction site:
– to point out the respect of the different applicable regulations;
– to follow the code of good behavior and good practices to prevent accidents.
Remember that it is vital to respond to one of the sensitive points of construction: the safety of people on the site. Mobile technology makes it possible to scan all security processes. UERP will be a great way to educate employees about safety and to help them control their own safety. The security officer may, via UERP, send new prescriptions or mobile reminders to all concerned. Automated reports generated by UERP can be prepared and sent to headquarters or other employees using a tablet or smartphone. Stronger security means fewer accidents, fewer work stoppages and therefore increased productivity, not to mention better health of the on-site workers.
UERP: interconnection with business software
UERP APIs simplify sending data collected via UERP mobile applications to business software packages used by businesses. Thanks to the modular structure of UERP’s applications, it is easy to assemble “à la carte” and for each building or group of structures under construction the APIs specific to the business software programs involved in this specific framework. Thus, everyone can respond “on the fly” to the diversity of solutions implemented within each building (knowing the extreme variety of systems in place and specific operating specific to each work).
The productivity gains, quality and safety induced are considerable insofar as each process sees its completion time divided by 5 or more. The stakes are high and UERP, through an integrated approach, offers all the tools to simplify all the management processes in a unified environment.
Thanks to mobile communication, the reaction takes place in real time. Coordination between the various internal and external stakeholders of the site is reinforced. As a result, the quality of construction work is greatly improved on the first try and the associated costs reduced accordingly.
The openness to the collaboration of the actors of the field makes it possible to deliver a complete and numerical feedback of experience and to complete the theoretical vision of the design of the construction site with the practical experience.
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January 31, 2017