iOS may have been the first out of the gate when it comes to a mainstream-accepted platform for mobile devices and technologies, but Android is quickly gaining steam in the market. No matter which platform a construction company chooses, the bigger trend is clear: Mobile is here to stay.
In the past, construction professionals needed to rely on handwritten notes to keep track of day-to-day information on the jobsite. Today, with an array of mobile devices, including smartphones, laptops, and tablets, it’s possible to automate these processes, making them more efficient and reliable.
However, the mobile device itself won’t streamline processes. First, a company needs to adopt an application or software solution to run on the devices. As more options become available to the industry, functionalities are becoming more tailored to the needs of construction, making the value proposition more favorable than ever.
One company, e-Builder, www.e-builder.net, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., offers a mobile solution for construction project management. e-Builder Mobile provides access to project information maintained in e-Builder Enterprise, meaning there is no lag time between taking notes and updating the backend system; updates happen seamlessly and in realtime.
e-Builder recently expanded its solution to Android mobile devices, opening it up to even more potential users. The expansion was announced in conjunction with the company’s release of e-Builder Enterprise 7.14, which offers more than 30 enhancements and improvements, including expanded functionalities in areas such as cost management, forecasting, application for payment, and reporting, among others.
Aside from expanding e-Builder Mobile to Android, notable features in the 7.14 release include new line -item custom fields and enhanced integration. The company says line-item custom fields can improve project analysis and flexibility in a process flow. For instance, users can now define organization-specific values that are also specific to an individual invoice line item.
Also, e-Builder Enterprise now more seamlessly integrates with two commonly used project-scheduling tools, P6 and Microsoft Project. Whereas in the past, schedule updates had to be manually entered into these tools, release 7.14 offers a Schedule module that can make the process easier and more efficient.
With the ability to access documents and data on the jobsite, as well as streamline business processes throughout the lifecycle of a construction project, construction companies looking to improve productivity and efficiency, while also improving collaboration and quality, can turn to technology.