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How to Find the Best Construction Software for Your Business

David Cartwright

Senior Marketing Manager - Software

Oct 6, 2017 4:15:04 PM

Construction technology supports informed decision making, streamlines processes and improves job site safety. With increased research and development, innovation in the construction industry is strong. 

Today, mobile and wearable technology, drones and 3D technology are each in use in the industry, alongside innovations like estimating software to cut costs and drive accuracy. Most companies in construction are using a combination of software to improve overall performance. Construction software can ensure;
 

  • Visibility of the project
  • Collaboration among team members
  • Document control
  • Access to information
  • Cost control
  • Speed and efficiency
  • Quality of work
  • Improved safety
  • Increased quantity of work

However, like many others in the construction industry, you may not be sure where to begin when integrating new technology into your business. 

What kind of software does your business need? How do you select software products? What kind of leverage will it give to your business? These are some of the pertinent questions every company should be asking when considering incorporating software into their operations. Every company has varying technology needs depending on its objectives and resources.

 

What Problem Do You Want to Solve?

The right way to go about choosing software is to identify the problems you would like to solve and select the software that will provide the right solutions. After all, implementing technology that doesn’t perform the function you required is inefficient and expensive.

Therefore, it’s important to identify the core problem you want to solve before you even think about buying software.

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You have spent years developing and refining your business processes, so it will take time to adopt a whole new approach of doing things. With this in mind, the smarter way to harness technology would be using it as a tool to optimise existing processes, as well as introducing new, improved ones.

When it comes to software, you can’t adopt a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s critical that you define your key problems and ensure that your software has practical application for most of your team. Above all, it must deliver clear benefits for the overall performance of your business.

 

Tips for Choosing the Right Construction Software

When reviewing the software options for your business, look for technology that is;
 

  • Simple, to avoid overcomplicating your processes
  • Provides support and training to ensure proper implementation
  • Has great client reviews
  • Is trusted by some big names in the industry

 

Types of Construction Software

1. Construction Estimating Software

Job costs, inspection costs, engineering costs, materials costs and equipment costs are all tedious to calculate using traditional estimating methods. Estimating platforms like Cubit are one of the most valuable software solutions for construction companies of all sizes, offering a variety of benefits. Cubit is a comprehensive construction estimating software that is suited to a wide range of users including contractors, quantity surveyors and builders.

2. Subcontractor Management Software

Effective subcontractor management is essential to the success of any construction project, and thankfully, there are software options that simplify the function. For example, Cubit Select subcontractor management and comparison solution, provides a faster, easier and more robust comparison process. 

With Cubit Select, you can compare and evaluate multiple suppliers, review risks, collaborate with multiple users, and choose the right price and suppliers for your job.

3. Accounting Software

Today, construction companies have switched from generic accounting software to ERP software that integrates with other construction software. Xero is a low-cost cloud-based accounting software for construction that’s easy to use. It simplifies most accounting transactions by eliminating the need for double entry and allows for collaboration. Better yet, accounting software options like Xero integrate with your estimating solutions like Cubit.

Cubit is a trusted and respected solution created by Buildsoft, who have more than 30 years experience building construction software and are the industry leaders in estimating solutions. It combines estimating and takeoff in a seamless software package, is easy to use, and saves time across several job functions in your project.

To see for yourself how Cubit will transform the way you do estimating and takeoff, get a 14-day free trial below:

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