Posted on November 4, 2015
“At a time when the construction industry needs to consider a system to manage projects more effectively, the level of resistance remains high. The reality is that no one person or team within the currently adopted method of information creation and dissemination can effectively manage a construction project today. This places immense strain on projects and the teams behind them,” says John Haefele, managing director of Onsite Control Systems, providers of cloud collaboration solutions for construction in Africa.
Multiple communication channels creates challenges
In a Capterra global survey earlier this year just over half (52%) of respondents said they use construction management software. But a weighty 48% of respondents rely on standard forms of construction management. Haefele says Africa’s adoption figures are much worse and given the opportunities of the continent as an emerging market, an online solution really needs to be more fully embraced. “Doing business in Africa has enough infrastructural, governmental, and regulatory challenges, along with increasing skills shortages, that we need to use technology to assist in meeting the significant construction challenges in order to grow the continent and meet the economics demands placed on it.”
In the Capterra survey the dominant technology solution was a mix of Excel and email, while a minority of users rely on VPN file transfers. About a quarter report using “other” construction management techniques, which could range from text message communication, handwritten checklists, or forgoing a formal process altogether. This survey proves why construction management companies need to consider an online collaboration system. “There are simply too many ways for the project to go awry based on the multitude of communications tools used and the lack of central management and record keeping.”
Online collaboration could help the struggle.