A study from Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with B2W Software, found mobile technology significantly improves contractors' ability to collect and distribute timely and accurate data from the job site, according to www.constructiondive.com. Nearly half of the 153 construction companies surveyed said mobile technology increases the volume of quality data they can obtain onsite.
Survey respondents said the top benefit to mobile connectivity on the job site was improved access to project data trends. Eighty-four percent of respondents said mobile technology improves communications between the field and office, and 74 percent said it increases access to data for those who need it.
According to Dodge, a significant number of contractors said mobile technologies help them complete projects within budget and on schedule, and 71 percent said mobile technologies help control project costs. In addition, 64 percent said mobile helps them manage fleet equipment, maintenance, efficiency and uptime, and 59 percent said it increases field staff productivity by gathering logging and inspection data.
Eighty-nine percent of contractors surveyed said they use mobile devices, with iPhones and iPads being the most popular.