Success in business often comes down to quality, and this is especially true in the construction industry. Quality-management technology solutions are becoming increasingly important for construction companies that want to stay competitive.

One company looking to more tightly manage its QA/QC (quality assurance/quality control) process is Siemens Building Technologies Division,, Munich, Germany, which offers systems and services—such as building-automation technologies and security solutions—to enable more efficient buildings.

Charles Brown, director of solutions operations standards, Siemens Building Technologies, says the company was looking to achieve a new level of visibility and realtime access to quality performance across its projects. In adopting a quality-management technology solution, Siemens aimed to become more efficient and profitable, reduce risk, and improve customer service.

Last week, the company announced it will integrate construction-specific software from Vela Systems,, Burlington, Mass., to manage processes in the field across all of its U.S.-based projects.

Vela Systems’ field-management software for the construction industry combines mobile technologies and BIM (building information modeling) capabilities at the point of construction with realtime reporting. The cloud-based solution allows for a more informed level of management, improving the quality and profitability of a job.

By automating paper-based reporting processes and providing tools to electronically track compliance data from the field, Brown says the solution gives Siemens the ability to consistently measure quality, which enables enterprise-wide standardization.

In an economy that demands a competitive edge, construction companies that find ways to offer the highest quality possible are at an advantage. By adopting technology solutions that automate and streamline processes such as QA/QC, builders and contractors are making an investment in the success of their business.