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Questions About Mobile Apps for Contractors Part 2

Mobile apps have become an integral part of many project sites across the globe, and the utilization of such devices is only growing as more and more contractors discover the benefits of using mobile apps to streamline construction processes, cut costs, boost productivity, and improve communication.

In part one of this two-part series, the contractor attorneys from our Raleigh construction law firm answered three important questions regarding the use of mobile apps for contractors:

  • What can mobile apps do for my contracting business?
  • What are some effective apps for contractors?
  • How can I create a more informed workforce?

Now, we will continue to answer questions about this important and timely topic.

What is an Example of Mobile App Usage on a Project Site?

Contractors who are skeptical of mobile apps should consider the following example which illustrates one way this technology can immediately change a project. Imagine that you’re contracted to build a commercial office space. The owner can’t make up his or her mind when it comes to the type of roofing material they want you to utilize. Typically, this would delay work significantly as correspondence between both parties would require a considerable time sink, and any change orders would need to be documented.

With mobile apps, not only can you streamline the communication required to select the type of roofing for the project, you can wirelessly send documents back and forth to ensure that all changes are binding and accounted for in writing; all without meeting in person. Similarly, mobile apps could be used to check the delivery schedule for the selected roofing material and finding any relevant insurance information, too.

What are the Barriers to Entry?

Unsurprisingly, incorporating new technology on project sites can present a high barrier of entry for contractors to overcome before achieving positive results. Depending on the demographics of your workforce, adapting your team could be as simple as asking your workers to download a few apps, or as challenging as introducing your team to complex mobile device usage for the first time. Older workers will undoubtedly prefer the tried and true methods they used in the past, but mobile devices offer an array of features that cannot be duplicated with a legal pad and a pen.

How Should I Start Implementing Mobile Apps?

Converting to new technology can be difficult, especially in the construction industry which is characterized by its aging workforce. Introduce new technology slowly so you don’t overburden your workers. If you try to implement too many new systems too quickly, your older workers might feel like you’re trying to phase them out of their jobs. Let your workers get familiar with one or two apps first, then proceed as needed.

If you would like to speak with a Raleigh contractor attorney, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.