Technology has now become a part of everybody’s life. The people that refused smartphones because they didn’t have buttons now have iPhones; the “chicken-pecking” typists have gone from two fingers to ten. When we look at our foremen and superintendents in the field, we are not giving them enough credit when we think they will never move away from paper.
The technology that a foreman so desperately wants and needs is readily available, offering the ability to solve problems that were previously unsolvable.
Dan Lisbony, a consultant who has implemented HCSS’s digital solutions with over 10,000 foremen and superintendents, says that the foremen want what is most efficient.
There is still a good group that prefers paper, especially when things get complicated. If you try to come up with solutions that are not as streamlined as what the foremen and superintendents want, then they will revert back to paper because it's what they know."
-Dan Lisbony, HCSS Consultant
How Technology Has Changed Construction
To state that technology has changed the daily operations of the construction industry would be a massive understatement. Dan goes on to say that the carrot works better than the stick in getting those foremen to adopt technology solutions such as HCSS Plans.
You have to talk about the huge advantages of an electronic document. First off, not having to worry about getting that plan sheet printed and going back to the office to pick it up. Would you rather drive through 35 minutes of traffic knowing that you will have people asking you questions when you go there, or you just pull it up on your screen?
You can see what other people have marked up, you can see notes from the office, and if you are already using HCSS Field for time cards you can just pull that quantity from HCSS Plans directly into the timecard. You are gaining that synergy to make everything faster.
-Dan Lisbony, HCSS Consultant
Kyle Morgan, a project manager at Diamond Materials, used HCSS Plans to enable their field to work more efficiently after moving away from paper entirely in the field.
HCSS Plans… puts information in the employee’s hands. It’s all digital, it helps to [scale off measurements]. It also helps that it’s in real-time. When a project manager or estimator gets a plan revision or a change they can instantly upload it and it goes out to all our foremen instantly.
Instead of you hunting down your 50 or 60 employees, you just click a button and it’s right at their fingertips.
-Kyle Morgan, Diamond Material Project Manager
Buttons on phones, chicken pecking, and paper in the field – all have gone the way of dinosaurs as everybody has adopted new technology. Don’t be the one to slow your team down.
Want to See What Plans Can Do for YOU?
In an industry where nobody minds selling you products you don't need, that's not who we are. We'll determine first if our solutions are the right fit to become your next invaluable set of tools - then we'll custom-tailor a demo for HCSS Plans so you can start clearly seeing the ROI.