It’s tough being from an older generation these days. Many of the long established and reliable routines and traditions for construction professionals are changing. Estimators receive a DVD or an ftp address instead of a roll of drawings and specs. Companies are moving to onscreen takeoff rather than the tried and true paper, scale and pencil (maybe an eraser). Invitations to Bid show up in emails rather than coming in to the office on a fax machine. Shop drawings are submitted and reviewed online rather than couriering wads of paper back and forth. The poor courier guy is rarely in the office anymore as there are way fewer shipments. In short, the office environment for construction professionals is changing .... rapidly.
There are really only two responses to this. Either dig in and resist or get on board. The reality is it is like trying to resist rain. It is coming whether you like it or not. The good news is that in today’s electronic world there are many easy technology options available to help you ‘get on board’ if you want to. Software developers today – at least the good ones – are very aware of the need to make their applications user friendly. Easy navigation, less keyboarding, more point and click are the hallmarks of easy to use technology.
In the age of Google it will not be hard for you to find the applications that can make your life and the transition to the digital construction office a simpler and less traumatic experience. Odds are there is someone in your office from a generation that already is comfortable with and in fact expects to have online tools at their disposal. Let them take the lead, do the evaluation of options and give you their best advice on how to proceed. It won’t take long until you see the benefits of increased efficiency, lowered costs and reduced risks.
So ‘dig in’ or not, the option is obviously yours to choose. The choice is obvious.