Following a natural disaster, such as last year’s Hurricane Sandy, construction teams need to work quickly to assist in repairing and renovating following the damage. Construction technology can aid in delivering repairs on time and on budget.
In response to Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection, www.nyc.gov, Flushing, N.Y., launched the Rapid Repair Program to assist residential property owners in making emergency repairs.
One of the program management and construction firms working on the project is The Conti Group, www.conticorp.com, Edison, N.J. As part of the Rapid Repair Team, Conti visits qualified homes to inspect and determine which repairs will be covered by the program. Once approved by the program and the homeowner, Conti will also make the repairs.
On a project such as this, repair team members need to use time on a jobsite as effectively as possible and find a way to manage the large amount of data associated with the project. Joe Berkowitz, project manager, Conti, says more than 1,200 homes need to be completed in just a few months. Additionally, the team is at new jobsites daily.
Naturally, Conti turned to one of its program-management solutions to manage the data associated with this project. At the onset, Conti developed a database to track more than 2,000 properties in e-Builder’s, www.e-builder.net, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Enterprise software.
With the technology in place, team members at the jobsite can use e-Builder Mobile on iPads to manage the projects remotely. The system allows Conti’s workers to use their time effectively and reduce redundant paper use and printing.
Together, Conti and e-Builder are also in the process of launching a new Process Module within e-Builder’s technology. This new module will allow Conti to track pay item quantities versus assessed quantities, as well as change authorizations by property address.
With project-management technology in place, construction teams can deliver projects on time and on budget. In the case of a venture such as the Rapid Repair Program, technology can also allow construction teams to respond to disaster in a much more efficient manner.