Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, yet it’s an asset that is often overlooked in building management. There are many aspects of maintenance and management that can now be simplified with technological aids and solutions, but many of us still waste time and money by not implementing them into our routines and systems. Some of these aspects include quoting, scoping of works, emergency assistance, and information storage. With the assistance of virtual solutions, notably the JobView platform, these can all be completed with significantly reduced demand on time and money.
Quoting is one of the most time-consuming aspects of any building works. It can be extremely costly and frustrating, as clients and facility managers can often wait for extended periods of time for us to arrive on-site for a quote. One of the best solutions for this issue is to remove the need to physically visit the site. This can be achieved by using JobView to view the site remotely, using voice and video capturing. These capabilities allow clients or facility mangers to guide us through an issue and explain it in their own words, giving us a clear insight into exactly what they want from the job. The video also provides a point of reference for future planning, meaning that we can consult multiple staff on a job without multiple site visits.
Accurate scoping of works is one of the most important aspects of any job. Inaccurate estimations can result in money lost due to staffing, supplies, or time allocations, and can often result in a low-quality finish. A correctly prepared scope of works can avoid all of these issues, and allow for a fast turnaround time on jobs. Whilst scoping is traditionally performed on-site, the capabilities of virtual solutions now mean that it can be completed from off-site. Accurate scopes can be created through image and video capturing that can be referenced multiple times, and allows for advice from parties that may not otherwise be able to visit the site (such as regional managers or supervisors).
Emergency assistance is something that everyone wants access to, but never wants to have to use. It’s crucial in this day and age that everybody has access to a 24hr helpline that will respond quickly to any emergency issues, especially with the unpredictable wild weather that Queensland experiences during storm season. It’s also important that when assistance is provided, it’s proportionate to the works required. This is effectively a form of scoping – ensuring that the work required has been adequately assessed, and is completed efficiently and quickly. Virtual assistance provides high-quality help because it allows a wide range of specialists to communicate with clients very quickly, and provide the assistance needed with a short turnaround time. In instances such as flooding, natural disaster or break-ins, this turnaround time is extremely important.
To ensure that both reactive and scheduled building needs are effectively managed, it’s important to implement current technological solutions to simplify the process. Using virtual solutions can provide significant savings and create faster turnaround times on a range of works. Adaption of these solutions provide the most promising outcomes for quoting, scoping and emergency assistance, but can also be used for other management aspects like secure information storage.
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