Today in the highly populated and constantly advancing world, infrastructure & architecture is the backbone of a nation. All technological advancements, growth, establishments of businesses, and the expansion of cities & residences areas need infrastructure & architecture, obtained through modern and well-planned construction facilities.
On the other hand, businesses engaged in the construction industry are regularly facing challenges with regard to better management, transparency, simplicity in various transactions, and swiftness in material handling and reporting. Thank god they have the technology of ERP as their savior!
When it comes to effectively developing construction projects, things rely completely on strategic resource management and planning. An unsuccessful project depends as much as 40% on its research part. Many projects began with inadequate research have been proved to be a disaster.
With the construction ERP, managers are able to form comprehensive plans for their civil engineering projects that with ERP are proved hundred percent successful at their end. The execution of projects is directed through the sufficient support of data throughout their entire construction life-cycle.
Here are the top benefits of ERP in the construction industry:
Assimilation of data
A lot of processes go on when a construction project is in action. These processes running everything are required to be used in different work streams time after time. Manually taking care of all these different processes running together is almost impossible, but with ERP, it’s noticeably simple.
ERP, in this scenario, is one standard platform that can combine every associated process in a single system and also ensure that the data is easily managed to maintain a high level of efficiency. The best benefit of an ERP system for the construction industry includes dynamic analysis of financial and operational data. With these data, executives are able to have more accurate and precisely calculated information in real-time.
Planning & analysis
There have been a number of examples of substandard completion and even the downfall of projects just because they were executed with improper planning. Construction companies are seen to face heavy losses in the form of labor costs and even clientele due to delayed completion of targets. The delay in delivery caused by poor planning has been seen as a major problem in the construction industry.
But when a construction company adopts ERP, it becomes capable of accurately analyzing required raw materials, the manpower’s effective utilization, architectural designs, and contract management as well accurately channeling resources.
A construction company can use ERP to make allowance for collateral expenditure and financial budgeting of the assignment so that needless downtime and contractual complications with the client can be avoided.
Streamlining of data
Construction ERPs have now become more project oriented software because of their demand for a system that has capabilities to handle multiple tenders at the same time. Construction companies that already have ERP are able to handle multiple projects at any given time. By this way, the exchange of information takes place without any confusion. ERP also eliminates using different software solutions for multiple operations which lead to an ineffective exchange of the information among different departments of a same construction company.
Increased system efficiency
With a central system like ERP, a construction company instantly experiences an increase in its efficiency because it always has an overall view of a scenario before making decisions. Employees are able to correlate information from different sources with the help of data already available in the ERP system. It assists in extracting the right data and also provides relevant criteria, which may be based on past patterns and behavior to close a query.
Estimation of construction cost
Most of the construction companies work on a contractual basis with their clients. Prior to acquiring the tender for a project, these firms are required to bid for the project with their cost estimations.
Since different clients have different priorities, the most suitable bid is chosen based on the design submitted, the reputation of the company and, most importantly, the cost feasibility to the customer.
A majority of construction projects continue to develop over a span of a couple of years. Therefore, planning expenses for such projects must be carried out keeping in mind the overhead liabilities that may be incurred in the future.
An ERP can be used to determine an accurate estimation, so that the actual cost does not deviate much from the projected cost of the undertaking.
Diversity of business processes
A single ERP system comprises of various modules like architecture design, project phasing, contract management, inventory management, marketing, HR management, finance management, budgeting, and accounting. With this approach, a construction company does not only better handle processes but also organizes regulatory compliance of the system.
To manage each of the operations without any hurdle, an effective communication channel must exist between employees. An ERP can also have communication feature to keep employees connected. It can be equipped with in-built chat functionality and video communication capabilities providing a perfect platform to communicate internally.