Feedback from Elecosoft’s software users has made it clear to us that firms in the construction and engineering sectors demand the very best construction software that is not only optimised for their specific needs, but also provides:
♦ Robust and Scalable Functionality – Software must be flexible enough to support the requirements of large construction businesses and small, specialist providers. Adaptable to cope easily with complex building projects to single manufacturing production jobs. And able to support a range of different stakeholders, whether that is to deliver dashboard level insights for management, or activity detail for sub-contractors.
♦ Easy-to-Learn, Intuitive Design – In the construction business, multiple responsibilities are common. An overly complex system that takes too much time to build a schedule or assign resources can be unpopular and can make it tough to roll out new software standards. Many of the benefits of digital transformation can be lost if software is not intuitive and easy to use.
♦ Personalisation – Giving users the ability to create customisable views of their planning data and providing commonly-used or customised templates to make routine tasks fast and effortless, are essential to engage users on site or in the field to make using the software a natural part of their day.
♦ Interoperability & Information Exchange – In a highly complex, inter-dependent network of contractors and sub-contractors, generalists and specialists, sharing information to make projects work effectively is critical. Data-sharing has become even more critical in the BIM era. Data on projects can come in from an array of sources, so software needs to be interoperable. Project scheduling software needs to be able to import that data from commonly used programs, including Microsoft Project, Excel, and Oracle Primavera, and export it back out in multiple formats. Design software needs to exchange information effortlessly with CNC manufacturing equipment.
♦ Communication Capability – Whether it is the capability to easily generate graphic-rich reports in just a few mouse clicks, or an effortless ability to show a customer a navigable 3D illustration of their project, the right software will have capabilities to help you put your own customers first too.
♦ Business Information – Knowledge is power. Good project scheduling, excellent maintenance management data, or the capability to create a centralised, shared version of the truth that spans all your buildings, projects and assets, give businesses the data they need to manage better and deliver for their customers.
♦ Supporting the Journey to Cloud and Mobile – Many construction businesses are on a journey of digital transformation that includes transition to new architectures as well as embracing mobility in the field. The software you need will have this consideration at the heart of its own roadmap.