When the average person hears the words “construction industry” it is unlikely that the first thoughts to pop into their head are synonymous with the environment, conservation, or sustainability, but within the industry itself things are starting to change. If you go online, you can see that many companies advertise an effort to make their construction programs more sustainable and to reduce the environmental impact of each project. One way they are achieving these goals is through the use of a construction program management software (CPMS).
Adopting a CPMS can result in a 12% increase in productivity
By utilizing a CPMS, organizations are able to make their projects more efficient, not only saving them time and money, but resources as well. At the most basic level, a software allows users to drastically reduce paper consumption by managing documents such as PDF’s, drawings, spreadsheets, photos, etc. online and allowing users constant access to those documents from multiple platforms. However, the benefit of online document management far exceeds reduced paper consumption. This online system improves the efficiency of projects by ensuring that users always have access to the most up to date information thus reducing the amount of re-work associated with each project and therefor reducing the amount of wasted materials and energy that re-work requires.
Cost of re-work in the U.S. due to poor document control: $4.2 Billion
As technology improves, these sustainable processes will continue to expand within the construction industry. A prime example of this technological innovation within the industry is the use of Building Information Modeling or BIM within a CPMS. These models provide an unprecedented amount of knowledge relevant to every phase of construction. At the earliest stages BIM helps with items such as site analysis, phase planning, and cost estimation. On site, BIM promotes more effective labor as well improved materials procurement. On the back end these models can be used for items like maintenance scheduling and asset management, ensuring that these structures are able to operate as efficiently as possible. The wealth of knowledge available in these models improves the efficiency of projects and as a result allows workers to reduce the amount of emissions produced and energy consumed per project.
Go Green with a CPMS
Construction industry accounts for 23% of air pollution, but the shift towards green building has already begun and it makes sense. The most exciting part about this industry shift towards a CPMS is that as users continue to become more proficient with software of this kind the opportunities to improve efficiency and sustainability will continue to grow as well.
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