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It should come as no surprise that in the year 2022, digitized technology and software rollouts are occurring in practically every industry. The construction industry, like other industries, is adopting these solutions to boost productivity and remain ahead of the competition. The need for construction project management apps and other technological tools is no more a passing trend, but a need of the hour! Let us see why: 
The problems that the construction industry is facing
Declining productivity: In comparison to other industries, the construction industry is less efficient. A report by McKinsey some years ago suggested that the construction sector was lacking productivity in comparison to the others when it came to quantifying the global labor productivity rate. The study showed that during the last 20 years, the sector has grown at a rate of about 1% per year compared to 2.8 percent for the overall economy. Limited investment towards improvement through software and technology can be attributed to the slow growth in productivity within the construction space. A lack of resourceful construction applications can lead to confusion and inefficiencies for project contractors as well as clients.
Lack of on-site visibility: The overall management of the construction site was one of the major issues that was being faced during the time of the pandemic. Another reason why this problem will still be present post-pandemic is that working with remote teams has become a necessity for many construction professionals. When the project owners, project managers, and on-site workers are working together but from remote locations, the assessment of the project without being physically present becomes quite a difficult task. Lack of site visibility and management has affected the construction industry massively.
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Technology to counter problems: Due to the lack of technological exposure within the construction industry, it has been seen that projects in the country have had cost overruns of INR 4.43 trillion! With much of the action taking place at the worksite, the construction industry has always been labeled as a traditional sector. For a lot of years, a digitized ecosystem within this industry was out of the question. Today, though, many construction companies are leveraging the power and flexibility that ultra-modern construction tools deliver to the stakeholders within the industry.
For instance, the use of 3D printing in construction might result in the faster and more precise development of complicated projects, as well as cheaper labor costs and less waste. Even the use of drones and robotic equipment has helped a lot. They have aided in very efficient tracking and inspection in hard-to-access areas of the project, translating to a safer work environment. When it comes to integrating data collection and analysis systems, the Internet of Things (IoT) has also been a catalyst in tracking and monitoring activities in real-time. Overall, construction management apps are the digital additions to the industry that will ensure the timely completion of projects without any cost overruns. 
Construction project management curates the best solution
The issue of inefficient monitoring and tracking, in most cases, leads to a lack of coordination within the complex hierarchy of a construction project management team; it leaves the client, project manager, and workers confused most of the time. This causes cost overruns, inefficiencies in execution, and, at the end of it all, project termination. According to India’s Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, 504 projects have been delayed, with costs increasing by more than 19 percent
In recent times, some of the leading end-to-end construction management SaaS platforms in the country have come up with a mobile-first approach for the industry’s site workers, managers, and owners with the visible power of collaboration on apps designed for simplifying communication and collaboration. For instance, in 2021, approximately 1% worth of construction, quantified at ₹7000 crores across the country, was executed with the help of an Indian construction management app.
These apps can help in the real-time relay of information from the worksite to the remote offices, enhancing project execution. The options to track and efficiently manage budgets and labor come as a plus point too. The implementation of such apps within the construction industry also provides the ability to control much of the work from the cloud-connected dashboards that they come equipped with. Hence, construction project management apps are purpose-built for collaborative project execution. Interaction between teams and individuals can happen more efficiently at each tier of the project and among all relevant stakeholders, avoiding clutter and confusion.
The simplification of the construction industry has started with the use of technology and construction project management apps. The construction industry is certainly moving towards apps and digital solutions to accomplish projects without any cost or time overruns.
In 2022, with the world coming together after trials from the pandemic in a much more integrated manner, these advancements will elevate the construction industry into a new era of streamlined serviceability.
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Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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