As technological advancements affect nearly every aspect of our lives, it’s worth noting that the construction industry is no exception. When it comes to efficiency, scalability, and cost saving in home building, it is wise to have technology on your side. Below, we’ll outline some of the different areas construction technology can benefit you, the builder, and also highlight a few different software options.

As a new generation of builders and investors begins to saturate the industry, being on top of your game and embracing technology is not so much a choice, as it is a necessity. Besides, operating in a more efficient, transparent, and user friendly way is a direct benefit to everyone, from the client to the general contractor and all of the tradespeople.

For construction management software to work for you, make sure it is construction focused, up to date, and user friendly. While it may be difficult to convince tech averse people on your team to embrace it, when the aforementioned aspects of this technology are made clear, everyone involved will realize how beneficial it can really be. Below are examples of some of the current most popular construction management software options, and what each one is best used for.

1. Smartsheet
Communication, coordination, and issue resolution are the cornerstones of this software. Smartsheet calls construction “the ultimate ‘get it done’ business” and their software aims to do just that by streamlining all aspects of a project. Their focus is on improving on site documentation, accurate data collection, and maintenance of safety logs. They also claim to have a user friendly interface, intended to be intuitive to anyone across your team.

This software prides itself on helping with every aspect of a construction project from planning to execution to monitoring to closure. With user friendly “boards”, all aspects of a project can be tracked, escalated, altered, and stored. The program uses a lot of visuals and graphics to help illustrate progress and can provide real time updates direct from the construction site with their mobile app.

3. Coconstruct
Coconstruct is a highly rated, award-winning web-based and mobile software that manages all aspects of a build and is designed to be used easily by clients and tradespeople alike. It focuses on scheduling, financials, job site progress, and is geared towards builders, remodelers, and design-build firms.

4. Fieldwire
This is a cloud-based construction management software designed to be used by people working directly in the field. It can be synced with existing cloud storages. It is highly visual, can store drawings, and allow users to quickly snap photos of onsite issues and escalate them. It is well-rated among contractors and also has a task management system used for tracking on site progress.

5. Corecon
Corecon is also a cloud based software, and prides itself on being all-encompassing with regards to every detail of a construction project. It has many different features which allow the user to focus on anything from managing contractors and suppliers from a central place to creating estimates and handling complex job costing.

CMS is an important piece of technology that builders and developers can use to assist with their projects. These five are examples of software that is available for use, but certainly there are more. Be sure to do your research to determine which product is best suited to your company!