The Complete Guide to Construction Software for 2024

Advances in software technology are impacting all types of businesses, including commercial construction contracting. Construction software increases efficiency, helps control costs, enhances planning, and helps teams collaborate. Contractors benefit from construction management software in the following ways:

  • Paperwork reduction

  • Risk assessment capabilities

  • Budget Control

  • Online collaboration

  • Remote Access

Paperwork Reduction

Paperwork used to be a tedious task which took considerable time. However, in today’s digital age, everything that used to be completed by hand and physically filed can now be done digitally. While paperwork might still be tedious, it takes considerably less time with the right software.

All the information needed for a project, such as personnel files, payroll information, plans, designs, change orders, etc., is available on your computer system.  Authorized personnel can access the relevant documentation quicker and from any location, including from the work site on their laptops or phones. No valuable time is lost heading back to the office for documents or because of a filing mistake.

Risk Assessment Capabilities

Construction management software provides the contractor with a real time view of the entire project. Contractors can use this vantage point to perform a thorough risk assessment. This allows for early detection of risk factors and the ability to intervene long before a disaster strikes.

Budget Control

Access to the most up-to-date data provides the contractor with the opportunity to address budget concerns before they turn into a financial nightmare.

The budget control capabilities provided by construction management software are obvious from the start of a project. Construction management software gives contractors the most accurate estimate for a project in the initial stages. As the project progresses, the costs stay close to the original figure or fall below it. In addition, construction management software assists in setting deadlines and sends reminders of those deadlines to relevant parties.

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Construction management software also helps contractors plan staffing more effectively and efficiently, as well as how to use materials and equipment in the most budget-friendly way possible.

For example, construction management software alerts the contractor that he or she needs to plan for and schedule the delivery of certain materials. This reduces the possibility of the contractor being stuck with excess supplies, which can wreak havoc on the bottom line.

Online Collaboration

Keeping the whole team on the same page was a challenge before the advent of construction software. Construction projects include a diverse set of workers who are not all located on-site. All team members, from architects, designers, vendors, and project managers, can communicate and collaborate via construction management software. The team has uninterrupted access to needed information. By helping unify the team, construction management software helps the contractor complete the project on time, on budget, and in a high-quality manner.

Remote Access

Construction management software provides remote access from anywhere. This capability becomes especially important when contractors are called away unexpectedly or when issues arise after hours.

Construction management software helps contractors complete construction jobs on time and on budget. It also takes away the headaches of managing reams of paperwork and unifies the entire team, from architect to vendor. The result is a better, more affordable project for you completed in a timely manner. Ask a contractor about what management software they use before getting hiring them for your next project.

Carlton Building Services in Hampton Roads Virginia

Carlton Building Services specializes in repairs, maintenance, renovations, remodelings and build-outs for a variety of clients in Hampton Roads, Virginia. We have years of experience handling projects in the retail, office, and healthcare space and would love to work with you on your next project!

To learn more about our services, check out past project highlights or contact Carlton Building Services to see how we can help with your next project.

JP Carlton

J.P. Carlton

J.P. Carlton is the founder of Carlton Building Services, a Hampton Roads-based construction company.