Whenever you are making any desicion to change or add anything that incfluences your construction project, you should always keep in mind who it effects the whole project. A very important question to ask is “How this will improve my whole project organisation?”
Let’s take software as an example. If you are getting a new design software to be used in the projects, you will evaluate it according to how the users will benefit from it. Maybe you will consider how good it is for designing and how compatible it is with other design software. It is certain that the software vendor will give you all the answers for these questions.
But do you ask them to prove how they add to the productivity of your entire project? Do you ask them what information it provides to the project and how much advantage it can take from the project?
As important as understanding the local benefits is to understand how the software fits into your whole construction organization. Almost every type of software should be able to provide information to the other parties and take advantage from them. This is vital in order to make your project working.
Example: You choose to use “the best” and “the coolest” architectural design software there is. It makes the architectural design easy, fast and reliable. You can make the nicest visualizations in the world, and the design team thinks it’s great.
But, you also better check how it works with the rest of the world. Is it compatible with structural and HVAC design software? Can you create a combined model? How you share the designs for quantity surveying and their technologies? How fast the variations can be communicated throughout the process? How the site management can take benefit of the results?
This is something very difficult to evaluate. One way to do it is to go to the vendor and ask them to prove how their solution add to the whole project’s productivity.
If they have no idea, they propably never thought about it.
If the answer is too complicated, and you want be sure, go get an independent consultant, who evaluates the software, the information process and skills requirements. That’s the only way to be sure.
Here’s a link to an article from www.softwareadvice.com . They provide feature comparisons between different software solutions. They recently attended PCBC show, where they asked software vendors to explain how they support Lean Construction methodology. Very important video, indeed.
Personally, I would like to see more and understand more than what many people are saying on the video. Hopefully we can ask the those questions together?
(the video courtesy of http://www.softwareadvise.com)
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