Technology in the construction industry is an important part of differentiating a company from its competition. Not only can software solutions help streamline workflow across numerous areas of a construction business, it can help ensure jobs are completed on time and on budget. However, technology can’t simply be dropped into a workflow without a period of employee training.

While many software companies boast little down time, there is always a learning curve associated with adopting new processes. Choosing a software provider wisely is key; perhaps even considering one that helps clients get up and running with a new solution, and then continues to provide technology support and training as needed.

This week, construction-industry software provider, On Center Software, www.oncenter.com, The Woodlands, Texas, announced it will make this kind of commitment to firms using its On-Screen Takeoff and Digital Production Control solutions.

The company says it will begin offering classroom training for basic On-Screen Takeoff and intermediate Digital Production Control through its “On Center University,” which was first established in 2010. Classes will be available around the globe at satellite campuses, in addition to the On Center Software campus beginning this month.

According to Misty Malone, manager of training, On Center Software, most companies leverage just 30% of the capabilities provided by the company’s software solutions. For this reason, Malone suggests On Center Software has invested in On Center University to help companies get the most ROI (return on investment) from their technology adoption.

On Center University provides training videos, Webinars, and custom one-on-one sessions, in addition to in-person hands-on training and other custom training conducted onsite. The company offers introductory, intermediate, and advanced curriculum for On-Screen Takeoff, Quick Bid, and Digital Production Control. Each is designed based on a just-in-time training model, which allows customers to train on their own schedule.

To obtain the most from a technology solution, construction professionals must commit time and resources to initial and ongoing training. For companies like On Center Software, helping its customers through this process is an important investment.

When looking to make the leap to construction technology, putting in the time at the beginning of a deployment is a crucial step that can lead to future success. For construction companies, ongoing training on existing technology might also be a good option to ensure users are getting the most out of the software solutions that are already in place.