Reliable Resource Management
August 02, 2012
Know your resources. This can be a vital lesson for any contracting company as it works through a job. Maintaining and understanding critical resources on a job can contribute immensely—both positively and negatively—to the ultimate profitability of a job. Sadly though, some contractors aren’t tracking resources as effectively as possible.
BID2WIN Software, www.bid2win.com, Portsmouth, N.H., for example, has focused in on such functionality within the latest release of its integrated construction management suite. The BUILD2WIN 3.2 product offers enhanced field and logistics software modules that improve the ability for users to share data between all modules.
Tracking the location of materials is made easier through the software's ability to streamline the material delivery process. The release includes a tab for Logistics, which helps users track and understand information related to the location of materials that have been sent out and returned from jobsites. This can help improve efficiency in the scheduling and execution of jobs.
The release also includes new filtering capabilities on the Job Board and Map, incorporated within Logistics. This helps to provide operational improvements, allowing users to interact with sites based on specific location and resource-based properties.
BUILD2WIN 3.2 also enhances the usability of the system through a high level of customization. New features designed to align with the specific way that a company does business, allow users to define and customize different cost rates for equipment utilized at each job, and provide costing information for non-standard items.
This can be essential as now miscellaneous costs such as police or dump fees don't go overlooked. Too often, such oversights have the ability to impact accuracy of the project.
In a way, multiple factors can throw off the profitability of a job at a moment's notice. Good technology can help contractors alleviate this concern. More and more, technology vendors are providing contractors with the tools that help them know their resources better.