Heavy equipment management software does much more than just help construction companies stay on top of equipment maintenance. It can improve overall project management for the company’s construction jobs across the board.
Defining the Construction Project Manager’s Role
CareerTrend.com defines the construction project manager’s role, including all of its associated challenges. The project manager’s job is to ensure that the job proceeds according to plan, but that’s a deceptively simple description. A construction project manager’s role also includes confirming that the job is following the building plan and keeping costs in check. Depending upon the construction company and nature of the job, the project manager also may be drawing up estimates, reviewing and selecting subcontractors, writing contracts and serving as a liaison among all of the parties involved in the completion of the job. Inevitably, the project will encounter some unexpected bumps along the way, and the project manager often is the individual charged with bringing everyone to the table to find a resolution.
Needless to say, we’re talking about a lot of moving parts, and many construction project managers have oversight for multiple jobs. A reliable process for keeping up with all of these moving parts is imperative. Heavy equipment management software, when included as part of a fixed asset tracking platform, allows construction project managers to outsource some of the more tedious and error-prone aspects of their job. Greater accuracy, accountability and communication are among the benefits of automation – not to mention improved efficiency and satisfied clients.
Heavy equipment commonly used by construction companies includes everything from excavators, trenchers and pavers to compactors, graders and tower cranes. Long before any job begins, a construction project manager must be able to determine what kind of heavy equipment the project would require; whether the company has that equipment in its inventory; if it’s currently being used, by whom, where, and for how long; and what kind of condition that equipment is in at the moment. If the project would require any heavy equipment to which the company doesn’t currently have access – either because its equipment is tied up by another project, or they simply don’t have that equipment in inventory – having that knowledge early enables the manager to prepare accordingly so there are no unnecessary surprises later.
Working within a heavy equipment management software system, project managers can track the entire lifecycle of each item, including documents, photos and videos. They can also use the system to access the complete maintenance history of the equipment, set up reminders for preventive maintenance, track depreciation, create work orders and reports, and much more.
Heavy Equipment Theft is a Serious Issue
While it may be hard to imagine such massive machines being hauled away in the dark of night, theft happens – and often. Heavy equipment is a hot target for theft. According to LoJack, loaders are the most commonly stolen piece of construction equipment, according to its analysis of data gathered from January through December 2017. The same study found that Florida, California and Texas are the top three states for construction equipment theft, which makes sense given all three states’ partial access to the coast and, in the case of California and Texas, access to the Mexican border. Working in conjunction with unique barcodes assigned and adhered to every item, heavy equipment management software tracks equipment down to its exact location. In addition to curbing theft, the software can reduce loss and/or ghost assets. Companies can set up such features as electronic signature, check-in/check-out status and custom security settings to increase accountability.
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