April 22, 2021

What You Need to Know: Robotics & Project Management

If you are part of the construction or project management industry, you know that technology is playing a bigger role than ever before in the progress and success of every project. Robotics and automation solutions that incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) have become key components of projects around the world. What types of changes should you expect to see – and how can you turn these changes into the right steps for your company?

Lowered Costs

It’s a tale as old as time: Cost is king. You know all too well that many of the decisions that go into your projects, or even your day-to-day processes at the office, are dependent on your bottom line. More and more competitors are coming into play, thanks to the prevalence of social media, and you have to find the right balance between cutting your spending and investing in the right people and technology. 

That’s why it’s important for you to know up front that the initial cost of incorporating robotics into your projects may be substantial. Knowing your financial limits will be especially critical as you consider your options. However, once you have worked through this initial cost, you will likely find that your increased use of technology may save you a lot more time and money down the road.  

For example, consider how much you time you spend each day responding to e-mails, answering questions, replying to text messages, and everything in between. This is an instance where technology and AI could make a difference in your budget. Consider utilizing an app or service that allows you to communicate to your entire team at once, as well as post important updates or guidelines for everyone to access. Instead of answering everyone’s questions individually, you can direct them to this service, and allow them to find the answer themselves. This also works for your clients – many companies are now using an AI chat service on their websites that allows customers to receive answers to common questions, instead of calling or emailing you. In short, this means you spend less time replying to people and more time working on your project – which will help you stay on track and under budget.

Enhanced Safety

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that people make mistakes. Even the best of the best will find themselves vulnerable to tiredness, distractions, or just the simple tendency of human error. While you will never find an employee who makes zero mistakes in their entire career, you also know that safety is a huge concern when it comes to managing a job site.

This is another example of how incorporating robotics into your management process can not only help you become more efficient, but also increase the level of safety during implementation. Consider the many repetitive tasks your team must undertake to ensure a project is moving forward. The more times they repeat the task, the more likely it is that they will unintentionally slip into a routine that allows their attention to wander. As we stated above, this is just a pitfall of human nature, and no one is immune. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take steps to prevent it. Using AI and robotics solutions for these types of tasks is a great way to decrease the likelihood of dangerous errors and increase the safety of everyone on your team.

Many companies are reluctant to leave tasks to technology, because while the world has seen many incredible advancements, there are some things that are best left to a human expert. And those companies are right on the mark. Using robotics does not need to be an all-or-nothing situation. Rather, you can take advantage of the opportunities it offers to give your team more tools and resources, while also increasing your efficiency and saving money along the way.

Increased Expertise

Whether you are on board the technology train or not, the truth of the matter is that it is rapidly becoming a part of every industry across the board. With every year that passes, new ideas become realities, and companies are having to scramble to catch up with the new resources that seem to become available overnight. If you want to succeed, you have to do the same thing. Research tech trends, set up news alerts to keep you posted on industry developments, and make it a habit to consult with colleagues on a regular basis on how you can improve your company’s use of the latest developments available.

Aside from staying informed, this process offers additional benefits: for instance, since you have taken the time to research and understand these new technologies, you are now in a position to educate your community and your clients. How you decide to do this is up to you – you might host a weekly podcast, or send out a newsletter with updates and information on the latest trends. Whatever you decide, you will be able to use your new knowledge to show your community that you not only understand what these advancements mean, but you are comfortable with using them in your own daily business.

Technology is here to stay, and robotics and Artificial Intelligence will affect the way you do business for years to come. Understanding and staying ahead of these trends will not only allow you to more seamlessly incorporate them into your own company to save time and money, but your fellow community members will look to you to lead them through the digital and mechanical wave that is sweeping across the nation. Are you ready to take charge?

April 22, 2021 Laura Stewart