If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that construction technology is no longer a nice to have for specialty contractors, it’s a need to have. Without a carefully thought out and implemented technology infrastructure in place, electrical contractors’ work becomes more difficult, less efficient, and potentially more dangerous.
Construction technology adds value and improves performance, and addresses persistent pain points for electrical contractors in numerous ways. For instance, poor data and miscommunication between office and field are responsible for 52% of all rework, which costs contractors time and money. Accurately tracking labor productivity and materials is critical for keeping projects on time and under budget. Doing so inefficiently can lead to project overruns of 20% or more.
Electrical contractors rely on suppliers to provide necessary materials in a timely manner. The effective management of the procurement and submittals process has a direct effect on the success or failure of a project. The same goes for inefficient change management processes, which can take a big bite out of profits. Lastly, given the dangerous nature of their work, safety concerns are a high priority for electrical contractors.
How Procore is Setting Electrical Contractors Up for Success in 2021
To combat these challenges and further develop key technology that supports the important work of electrical contractors, Procore is partnering with numerous associations. One of them is the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
“We are excited for this partnership to support our mission to connect everyone in construction on a global platform,” said Danny Seigle, VP of business development at Procore.
Streamlining Communication Between Office and Field
Electrical contractors using Procore’s suite of tools and applications will more easily avoid common project pitfalls, ensuring they’re always a step ahead of competitors.
Office-to-field communication is essential for any project, but any breakdown in that two-way flow of information can grind progress to a halt. Construction has traditionally been reliant on paper-based processes, which create lag times in passing essential project information between the office and the field. Paper documents can also quickly fall out of date as changes are inevitably made mid-stream, which runs the risk of workers in the field taking cues from an incorrect set of instructions. Procore eliminates nearly all of those concerns, saving time and streamlining communication between office and field.
Procore Helps Maximize Profit Margins
Another area where out-of-date paper documents can wreak havoc on a project is scheduling. Field teams need the very latest information to stay on track, delivered in as close to real-time as possible. Using Procore, electrical contractors can be sure every stakeholder always has the correct, up-to-date information, eliminating costly delays.
Procore also helps specialty contractors ensure labor is always where it’s needed, when it’s needed. As mentioned above, inefficient labor force management costs time and money. Using Procore, contractors can ensure labor is assigned where it’s needed most, providing real-time insights into worker productivity so teams can course correct to maximize profit margins.
Few, if any, projects are completed without some changes along the way, which can present a challenge when it’s time to get paid. Procore captures changes and updates in real time, relaying them instantly to the field to keep things moving smoothly and avoid time-consuming and expensive rework.
“I solved the issue quickly using Procore. If general contractors choose to ignore our emails, RFIs, and daily logs, that’s their problem, not ours. We always have evidence of our work,” says Nicholas Boscacci, Project Manager, AMP Electric.
This last year caught all of us by surprise, and in its wake, contractors of all sizes are reevaluating how they can transform their operations to be more prepared for the next unexpected event. Procore helps electrical contractors better position themselves to build for what’s next in 2021 and beyond.