Resource management

Beyond monitoring: managing essential equipment and resources

Contractors struggle with maintenance, usage monitoring, scheduling, forecasting, dispatch, and logistical inefficiencies, but they don’t have to. With automated asset management and resource scheduling, they will improve visibility and communication, while saving time and money.

The operation, maintenance, mobilization and dispatch of equipment are part of the daily routine of any construction company. While current construction technology has made it possible to track the location of equipment, many contractors stop there. Owning and managing a mixed fleet of assets is complex and goes far beyond the physical location of each asset. It is essential that contractors go beyond tracking and focus on a total equipment management system that focuses on the entire ownership and operation of equipment. Technology in modern industry allows contractors to take advantage of software that includes all the workflows involved for all parts of a construction business on a single platform for better visibility and communication, solutions more complete and overall efficiency.

Inefficiencies without automated management of equipment and resources

People in the field, in store and in the office are all part of the process of owning and operating equipment, including the acquisition, use and logistics of equipment across operations and sites commercial. Without an automated system to help keep these team members connected, beyond just seeing where things are, multiple inefficiencies are the reality across many different workflows.

Equipment and logistics managers need an automated system to facilitate the process of sending resources to the correct sites. The industry faces a chronic problem of unclosed loops with the field (i.e. project teams, operators, laborers, foremen, crews, etc.), which can lead to errors, omissions and/or very costly (even dangerous) calendar impacts. . They also need to know how the equipment already deployed in the field is used in order to understand what is really needed and used on one job site to decide if a machine can be put to better use on another.

Project teams typically don’t get confirmation or response to their resource requests. This leaves them in the dark about when resources will arrive on site, if there has been a delay, or if something they need is down for maintenance and they have to request a rental, which has a huge impact on the execution of key operations and the critical path. stretches.

Project operations and finance staff need visibility into existing equipment schedules and upcoming projects to help determine their two-week forecast and project forecast. Otherwise, they face curveballs around the resources available to equip projects and risk operational delays due to inefficient planning and resource allocation, as well as supply chain challenges when resources externals are not acquired early enough. They also need to know when machines are no longer being used in the field so they can find opportunities to remove unnecessary assets from the balance sheet.

What Contractors Need in an Equipment and Resource Management Solution

Two key aspects are necessary in an ideal construction asset and resource management solution:

  • Automation to replace inefficiencies created by paper-based methods prone to human error, manual uploading, and missed/infrequent phone calls
  • Clear visibility into requests, statuses, schedules, updates and key details in a single view

The problem with existing equipment and asset management systems on the market is that they are not really designed for construction workflows with use cases for the multiple users involved. Many existing products are siled so that most (if not all) input is analog, offline and/or manual and only caters to one type of user, leaving other people of the process disconnected and/or unresolved.

Total equipment and resource management not only improves day-to-day workflows for the field and shop, it also benefits project operations and finance staff with the ability to accurately forecast what will be needed to future projects and make informed decisions about maintenance planning and resource allocation. or external resource requirements in advance. This avoids costly delays when projects ramp up and the necessary resources are not available. Asset management is highly complex and automated, and streamlining processes benefits everyone involved.

What to Look for in a Complete Asset and Asset Management Solution

Look for a total equipment management solution focused on construction that goes far beyond simple location tracking. Look for a system that leverages other tracking data for multiple other purposes and provides construction-focused solutions to other equipment-related challenges your team and business face.

Interested in learning more about improving your equipment management, maintenance, security, logistics, scheduling and dispatch processes in your key roles? Contact Tenna to streamline and simplify this process for your team.