Technology: How we use it?

    How has Leon Williams Contractors,LLC integrated technology?

    The use of technology is more and more becoming the norm in the construction industry. So how is LWC incorporating tech into our day to day. We are slowly integrating tech into our company through the use of DropBox, Microsoft Outlook, Wireless Weather Stations, Laptops/Tablets, and smart phones. LWC is also currently researching construction apps to make our team more efficient.

    DropBox has proved to be a useful tool. Through this program we are able to collaborate with the job site from the office by using shared project folders. Plans, budgets, scope of work, project timelines and onsite photos are all stored here and easily accessible for all parties involved. All project information in readily available in the event one of our team members need to share information with subs and or architects. We find the use of DropBox to be extremely useful in staying on point with all our projects.

    Microsoft Outlook has proven useful in keeping communication records of all correspondents between employees, subs, and clients. While we do realize it may not be the most ideal it works for us at this time. This is not to say we aren’t open to other means to keep track of all job communication. LWC is not afraid to try new things that allows us to become a more efficient commercial contractor.

    Wireless Weather Stations. Please see our previous blog post on this piece of technology and its usefulness on the the job site.

    Everyone is familiar with the ease of use of laptops, tablets, and smart phones. All our superintendents/project managers are provided a company laptop/tablet and a phone. By incorporating these into our day to day we can make sure all our employees have the technology they need to run a more efficient project. Sure there are other technologies available to the construction industry and we are currently doing our own research on what will work best for Leon Williams Contractors, LLC. We are not afraid of technology and are open to new ideas so long as it improves, not hinders, the efficiency of our clients projects.

    Once we do a little more research into the current construction apps and software available we will share our findings and personal opinions with you.

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    Construction Technology: “There’s an App for That”

    As the commercial construction industry grows, so does the technology that makes it possible. Equipment such as drills, hammers, saws and more are constantly changing for the better but it’s not just construction tools that are evolving – digital aids are expanding as well. As mobile technology makes its way to jobsites, contractors now have a slew of applications available for their smartphones or tablets.

    At Leon Williams Contractors, we stay on top of trends that drive construction tools in and out of Knoxville as it helps us stay efficient. Mobile apps can make work easier for site and project managers to track work flow and progress and have the ability to connect with clients, crew members, subcontractors, and vendors faster than ever before.

    While these apps may be wonderfully beneficial to a general contractor, figuring out which ones are best for your business can be tricky. Here are a few that could benefit your next commercial construction project in more ways than one:

    • PlainGrid: PlainGrid has been hailed as one of the best apps in the industry. Available for both Apple and Android mobile devices and tablets, it lets contractors, architects, and design-build firms collaborate with all their project plans, specs, and photos. It’s easy to use and a great way to stay in touch with customers.
    • ConstructionHelper: This Android app is excellent for on-site calculations. Able to supply measurements for areas, total surface and price of surfaces groups, rectangular prism volumes, volume cost and weight, and total cost and weight of volume groups, this low-cost application is an ideal tool for the modern construction professional.
    • Green Pro: With an ever increasing popularity around green construction, general contractors need to stay current with rules, regulations, and environmental trends. Green Pro is just the app to help as it offers understanding, access and tracking of the U.S. Green Building Council. With guidelines that change regularly, downloading this app can make sure your next project passes LEED standards.

    Commercial construction is changing faster than ever and managing your next project could require even more precision than before. Utilizing technology such as mobile applications can ensure a worry-free operation that involves and satisfies all parties – the customer included. If you’re looking to expand your business, make sure you find the right app for job.


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