When companies ask us for advice on how to run construction projects more efficiently, we have one answer – use SMART Boards. Smart Boards are interactive white boards that let you use your finger or a special pen to write on a blank page or over documents and applications. They are incredibly easy to use, with an intuitive interface that requires no training to understand, and the SMART display can be accessed from a range of devices, meaning they are as suitable for the construction site office as the boardroom. Here are three examples of how to run construction projects more effectively using SMART Boards.
Remote communication across multiple devices
One of the issues that often delays construction projects is getting everyone together to approve plans and sign off changes. With contractors often working on multiple projects simultaneously, trying to find a date that suits everyone can be impossible. When you use SMART Boards you no longer need everyone in the same place at the same time as you can conduct your meetings using the board as your display. Contractors can access the meeting from a mobile SMART device, known as a Podium; from their desktop or laptop computer; or even from their iPad.
Comprehensive record of construction projects
The beauty of using a SMART Board is you can use any application or programme on it. Whether you use AutoCad or other BIM software for your modelling, you can open 2D and 3D models on the SMART Board, manipulate them, zoom in to see the finest details and write directly on the board. Your notes will be saved within the SMART software and you can then email the entire meeting, complete with all the models and notes, to everyone afterwards. This means you can keep all your project notes in one place and ensures everyone involved with the construction project is working from the same plans.
Integrated project management tools
Most construction projects begin in the war room, where the walls soon become filled with notes, diagrams and sketches. Not only is this not the most convenient solution, but it’s easy for important documents to go astray, slowing down construction. Project management software iObeya integrates with SMART Boards so you can create schedules, budgets and task sheets, add icons and stickers, allocate tasks and much more, all on your SMART Board (which, of course, you can share remotely) and without the danger of losing data. Using SMART Boards – with or without software such as iObeya – also means you can get instant sign-off at every stage of a construction project, without requiring the relevant people to be on site – and that sign-off will be recorded along with the notes for future reference.
For more information on how to run construction projects more effectively using technology such as SMART Boards, call us today on 0118 336 0010.
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