What’s In Your Tool Belt to Help Build-in Quality?
Interesting MultiFamily Executive article highlighting the growing demand for new housing and resultant labor constraint issues. The demand for labor has emerged as an issue for both single- and multi-family builders, nationwide.
Quality Inspection Checklist
Do you know the last time builders reported such widespread labor shortages was just before 2001?
The demand for labor has forced the use of “B” and “C” quality trades, which will result in more issues and increases the demand for more oversight. Without a well-qualified and experienced labor force, builders are facing increasing quality issues. Field Managers were already being asked to produce more; how best to produce more with better quality?
Technology should be top-of-mind as a way to consistently survey, assess and respond to quality issues. And, mobile technology allows Field Managers to work directly from the job site — yet remain in contact with vendors and the corporate office.
Quality issues can be observed and reported for followup as punch items and builders are able to create Quality Inspection templates aimed at catching issues as early and consistently as possible.
One big gain with mobile in the quality world is real-time reporting. Take a look at CPS’ FieldCollaborate. Field Managers are able to record a quality issue, automatically email the vendor, post the issue to the Portal (including pictures) for vendor review and then close the ticket when resolved. All from their truck or construction trailer.
And, there’s also the ability to analyze data over time — in real time. Are today’s problems consistent with issues last week or last month? Is this vendor consistently late or slow to complete tasks? All of that information is available on the mobile device while dealing with today’s quality issue.
FieldCollaborate also provides scheduling, punch and safety tools — as well as a homebuyer information Portal to keep builders in 24/7 communication with their clients.