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Nine ways automation helps you drive down costs while increasing quality

Streamline workflows, increase productivity, quality, and profitability in your construction project.

By automating common and repetitive processes, you can dramatically streamline workflows, increase productivity and quality, and guarantee profitability in your construction project. 

1. Automation enables you to reduce manual, tedious, and repetitive work, which in turn lowers operating costs.

Automation enables you to reduce manual, tedious, and repetitive work, which in turn lowers operating costs. You can increase workflow efficiencies by automating routine but essential tasks, thereby freeing up your staff for higher-value work, driving down costs and boosting revenue.

2. Automation reduces human error, so you spend less time and resources reviewing and correcting.

The more manual tasks you have, the higher the risk of performing costly mistakes. Automated systems typically perform more consistently than humans, resulting in greater control and less variability. This improves the quality of your work and boosts your reliability and trust among customers and potential business partners.

3. Automation enables you to align and speed up your processes to deliver your project on time and within budget.

Automation enables you to align and speed up your processes to deliver your project on time and within budget. Every employee has their own way of working, and reconciling these variations across many employees can be costly. Automation reduces manual variations and the errors of risks within critical tasks like structural analysis, estimations, detailing, fabrication and on-site execution. When processes are aligned and automated, you can do more in less time and with fewer resources. You can then spend your extra time on winning and executing more projects.

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4. Automation enables more efficient material management.

Automation enables more efficient material management. Accuracy and insights are essential for reducing material waste and carbon in construction, as well as optimizing storage and logistical procedures. At the earliest design stage, concurrent structural design and automated analysis saves time and provides material optimization opportunities. Structural design moves forward simultaneously with automated code-compliant analysis, as information is transformed into the insight required for good decisions. Engineers can also easily comprehend the carbon embodied in their scheme and act to reduce it. Assessments are quick and straightforward, so different scheme options can be compared, and embodied carbon can be broken down by structural material, member type, slab, etc. The engineer can automatically "review" where the most embodied carbon is, and the progress of refinements introduced to drive down the carbon impact can be tracked and reported.

5. Automation increases morale and guarantees a happier workforce.

Automation increases morale and guarantees a happier workforce. Automation means that work is more regular and predictable, so you can efficiently manage your human resources and assign the right people to the right project at the right time. Humans rarely find repetitive work to be fulfilling. By freeing your employees from tedious and manual labor, they can focus on other essential tasks and feel more enthusiastic about their jobs.

6. Automation enables real-time information sharing so that you can reach all your stakeholders quickly, decreasing information gaps and costly misunderstandings.

When information can be sourced and accessed in real-time, you can deliver greater business transparency and efficiency. As your data becomes more accurate, transparent and accessible, the insights available to the business increase in relevance and become more meaningful in strategic decision-making.

7. Automation guarantees that execution on-site is safer.

Automation diminishes the number of human errors that can escalate to, for example, fabrication and on-site safety risks. Enhancing visibility, transparency and data flow makes it possible to provide valuable safety-related information to decision-makers and employees. They can proactively take action to prevent risky situations.

8. Automation lets you develop your processes.

Automation enables you to track, document and report constantly and accurately, allowing you to evaluate results and improve your processes and performance. Manual tasks are inconsistent and much more challenging to track than automated activities. Without tracking performance, it’s hard to fix process bottlenecks and delays that frustrate your employees and your customers.

9. Automation increases customer satisfaction. 

By reducing bottlenecks and mistakes, you can deliver your project flawlessly to your customer – increasing their satisfaction and making you stand out as the best candidate for future projects too.

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