remote construction management

Nailing Remote Construction Management Projects Through Technology

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, managing construction projects remotely is increasingly becoming the norm. Construction and scaffolding companies are fast-tracking digital adoption to stay on track with project schedules, collaborate more effectively, and avoid workflow disruptions.

But what kind of technologies are the top scaffolding companies using to stay afloat and thrive not just in these turbulent times, but in an ever-changing world? Read on to find out about the tools that can facilitate remote construction management to help you future-proof your operations.

Benefits of Managing Remote Scaffold Projects Using Technology

Pre-pandemic, the duties of a project manager, such as ensuring on-time delivery of scaffolding, were often conducted manually and in-person. However, through specialized software and digital platforms, they can be performed more efficiently in a remote working environment.

The benefits of managing projects remotely for scaffolding companies using technology are numerous, such as:

  • Staying on schedule with project delivery through automated reminders
  • Managing different phases of a project remotely
  • Coordinating workflow between teams through communication platforms
  • Monitoring inventory and re-rentals online
  • Inspecting job sites virtually through augmented reality
  • Keeping stakeholders engaged when working in different locations

Below we’ve listed some digital tools and platforms that make scaffolding projects run smoothly in remote working conditions.

3 Types of Remote Construction Project Management Tools and Platforms

Here are some types of tools and platforms and how they can be beneficial to your project.

Integrated project management platforms

Need a comprehensive solution for managing projects, coordinating workflow between teams, billing, and more? An integrated project management platform could be the answer.

Integrated software allows project managers to stay on track with projects. It enables you to better manage daily workflow, share documents, and assign tasks remotely. You can streamline workflows with features like a real-time KPI dashboard, contact management, quoting and invoicing, and task management.

There are a number of integrated project management platforms that have been designed for the construction industry, offering field management and bid management features.

Collaboration and communication tools

When managing projects remotely, poor communication and collaboration can lead to costly outcomes. In fact, a 2018 report by PlanGrid found that on average, 52% of all construction re-work is caused by poor data and miscommunication.

Communication tools enable real-time collaboration through video conferencing, instant messaging, and file sharing, significantly improving project communication beyond email and phone calls.

Employees can communicate with one another in task groups, easily collaborate on issues, get timely updates, and stay connected even if they’re working in different time zones.

Scaffold rental management software

Utilizing scaffolding rental management software makes everyday operational tasks for scaffolding companies smoother and easier when working remotely, saving time and cost. For example, Avontus Quantify only takes minutes to log or process a scaffold request, compared to hours wasted on paperwork and the disruption of last-minute calls to your yard.

Avontus Quantify also allows project managers to monitor equipment availability, ship materials, generate invoices, set reminders, manage re-rentals, and oversee all your jobs in one place.

This easy-to-use program supports all the users you need, keeping you informed of all aspects of equipment and rental operations.  Field crews can self-service their questions about what materials are available at the yard and what’s already on site, send requests from mobile devices, and receive notifications as their requests are addressed.

You can track and monitor what’s available, damaged, re-rented, awaiting inspection, and more, without needing to be physically present.

For example, Alltask, a UK-based scaffolding contractor, previously faced issues  managing their growing inventory. Like many other scaffolding firms, they only relied on spreadsheets to track materials.

Upon deploying Quantify, it became easier to monitor the movement of individual components and check stock balances across the business. Missing items were immediately flagged by the software, and Alltask could use the data to hold customers and employees accountable.

Efficient Remote Construction Project Management

When managing projects remotely, whether during a pandemic or beyond, adopting digital technology is the way forward. These products help you improve work efficiency, stay on track with project workflow, and reduce project delays.

When it comes to software or technology to optimize your remote construction management projects, industry-specific tools like Quantify are better suited to your needs.

Find out more about how Avontus Quantify helps you keep track of scaffolding inventory and re-rentals in a remote working environment by clicking the link below.

All About Beams

A new how-to article has been posted on the Avontus Help page.

Here’s a tutorial on how to create Beams.

With Casters, Scaffold Designer Is On a Roll!

Casters have been one of our most requested features. Now you can add casters to any or all verticals of any scaffold tower. Choose between two types of casters, fixed and adjustable.

Add Casters to any Scaffold

Use the Bay Details window to add casters to any scaffold tower. The new “All” column makes adding changes to all verticals or sides even easier!

Choose Between Fixed and Adjustable Casters

To adjust the length of any caster, select Adjustable Caster set the Jack Height

 

Add any Size Casters

Use the Material Master to add any size Casters

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Tanks A Lot!

Originally posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

With the latest release of Scaffold Designer, drawing scaffolding around tanks and other round structures is easier than ever.

 

 

Watch the full-size version of tanks and other round structures video.

 

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The new Polygon Wall feature converts tank objects into regular polygons, which makes creating a Tank Scaffold literally as easy as 1, 2, 3!

 

1. Create a Tank.

 

 

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2. Convert the tank to a Polygon Wall.

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3. Create a Wall Scaffold on the polygon.

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It’s as easy as that.

By: Cliff Young

 

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How to Add a Loading Bay in Scaffold Designer

Originally posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

You can now add Loading Bays to your scaffold designs.

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Create a bay with dimensions that match your scaffold system’s loading bay

 

 

RingType: 2.5m (8’6”)

CupType: 2.4m (8’0”)

Kwikstage: 2.4m (8’0”)

 

(Loading Bay Transom is Kwikstage only.
For other systems, use appropriate load bearing member.)

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Tip: If you want to use a different size loading bay, you can add one in the Material Master.

First select the existing Loading bay, then make a duplicate and change its dimensions.

Select the bay and, in the Bay Level Editor, click the More button on the level you wish to add the Loading Bay to. On the Level tab, select the side for the Loading Bay Gate.

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By: Cliff Young

 

How to Add a Return Transom to a Kwikstage Corner

Originally posted on Friday, May 22, 2015

You can now add Return Transoms to corner connections in Wall Scaffold.

  1. Select any room object or set of walls, which connect in a right angle, and click on the Wall Scaffold button.
  2. In the Wall Scaffold window, select the Independent Bays corner type, and check the Use Return Transom box.

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By: Cliff Young

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How To Customize Any Bay In Scaffold Designer

Originally posted on Friday, April 17, 2015

In Scaffold Designer 2015, you can add or remove just about any material from any bay to design the scaffold you want.

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Here are just some of the customizations you can make to your bays:

  • Remove (skip) individual vertical standards (legs)
  • Remove (skip) any bay side
  • Extend vertical standards (legs) above or below the bay level
  • Add ledgers to any node level
  • Add bracing anywhere
  • Create a planks-only bay

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How to create a bay with only one material and add it to an existing bay.

In this example, we’ll add a ledger to the middle of a bay level.
(The same concept can be applied to any material.)
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Create a ledger-only bay.

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Select the ledger-only bay and raise it to the desired level.

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Move the ledger-only bay into place over the existing bay.

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By: Cliff Young

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How to Add Side Bracket Turnarounds to a Stair Tower

Originally posted on Monday, April 6, 2015

 Add-Side-Bracket-Turnarounds-1In addition to the stock stair tower types available with Scaffold Designer 2015, you can easily create stair towers with side bracket turnaround bays.

 

 Create a Stair Tower:

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Drag the outer corners to the connector bay over the inner corners.

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This will result in a 2-dimensional bay which we can use to anchor the side bracket turaround bays. The 2-dimensional bays will NOT show up in the BOM parts list.

Repeat for the turnaround bays on the other side of the stair tower.

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By: Cliff Young