With so many new and exciting technologies for the construction industry It’s easy to get overwhelmed and seems like every time you turn around there is someone saying- hey have you heard about (___) or what we need is (___). So, how do you know which ones are right for you? It starts with questioning every process trying to finding the ones that are time consuming, costly or use excessive manpower. For me it has always been as-built’s, they should always be done, but typically never get done. Why? It’s time consuming or difficult due to jobsite conditions (material, height of floor to floor, lack of manpower) there could be numerous reasons as-builds don’t get done. Yet, what is the cost for repairs if they don’t get done. As-built’s tell the story of what happens before and after loading of the deck; did the camber come out as expected or not. If as-built’s are not done and don’t get noticed until the finish stages of the project where its almost impossible to go back and shoot the top and bottom to see who’s at fault, not to mention floor patching or grinding around finishes, it get’s costly. This is where new technologies come into play, so what if you could create as-built’s as well as FF/FL testing, with apps like Rithm, Scene, (https://rithm.io/ ) and a Farro scanner you can. Yes, it’s an investment with cost. So, if you only pour decks on a couple of jobs a year then it wouldn’t make sense to buy a scanner and the software, however if pouring slabs is your bread and butter than it would definitely be worth while. With so many new technologies out you don’t have to go crazy and buy every new at the same time don’t let the game changers slip past you.
Human nature is to fear the unknown, it is the path of least resistance to "stick to what we know". Don't get me wrong, we should strive to perfect what we do in our current roles weather it's carpentry, place and finish, layout, crew oversight, or project oversight. But if we get too comfortable in that role only, how are we going to advance? Our industry typically gives us little preparation and formal training to take the next step in our careers, few and far between are the leaders who separate themselves by learning the skills needed to advance. If you step up and take the initiative you will be noticed. We should all try to learn new technologies that will help us be more efficient.
How do you know what tools you need in the next role? If you aren't being mentored, you need to be vocal, ask what you need to be working on and learning, ask to be mentored, and or course ask us, Constructorator was built for this exact purpose! Reach out to us if you have questions we haven't answered in our existing content.
I can tell you first hand the labor shortage the industry has been predicting for the last few years is real and it's here. The opportunities are there, the whole country is in need of qualified field leaders. If the advancement you have your sights set on seems out of reach in your organization, I can almost guarantee someone is looking for a person with your skill set and ambition. This might be the hardest part, overcoming the fear of the unknowns in leaving your company. I know it can be scary, but how will you know how far your career can go if you limit it to your comfort zone within one organization? I'm not telling all of you to put your two weeks in tomorrow, but ask yourself if you're on the right path for your future career goals. We will never improve unless we push ourselves out of our comfort zone.
Below is a list of typical responses from field construction hands when asked about using technology in the field.
So where do you start?