Construction Job Scheduling and Workforce Planning

Imagine a world (or at least a construction site) where power tools, bucket trucks, and cement mixers didn’t exist. How much more difficult would your job be?

Thankfully, you’ve never had to worry about not having those things. Using them day in and day out is just part of your normal. But don’t forget – they weren’t always available. There were once people who had to cut holes or mix cement by hand to get the job done.

Someone, somewhere in the past, saw a power tool and thought, “That might be really helpful; let’s give it a shot.” And the rest is history; It’s all you know.

So why, then, has the adoption of other technologies (that will be just as efficient as a power tool) been so difficult to adopt across the construction industry?

KPMG research suggestions it’s because of, “cost, scale, and lack of existing-use cases. Most construction firms are waiting for competitors to take the first step toward the adoption of technologies to streamline their workflows and improve data collection.”

But you can lead the charge for your organization.

With the labor shortage continuing to haunt the construction industry, using technology for workforce planning is a great place to start. Identifying your workforce needs for all projects will keep you ahead of the game, in control of your jobs, and will give you a broader view of the landscape.

Move your company away from the whiteboard and into technology like Thunderbolt Pipeline to help you tackle this area of difficulty.

Workforce Planning In Real Time

Workforce planning is built into the Thunderbolt Pipeline functionality for each and every job. The planning tool allows you to see each individual project, assign a workforce, and keep track of progress through each phase.

For each phase of the project, you can enter the start date, end date, and the budget. Once those are populated and you hit “save”, your workforce plan is automatically generated. Each job will present you with your monthly budget and the number of man-months you need during that time.

Obviously, timelines and budgets evolve as unforeseeable circumstances arise. That’s why Thunderbolt gives you the option to edit the budget and timing in real time for each phase of the project.

In the Dashboard, leadership can view budget across all jobs, including a month-by-month view and the number of resources you have per project at any time. You can also access historical data from the Dashboard view to identify your company’s needs and usage over a large span of time.

Workforce Planning From 30,000 feet

Pre-planning departments can navigate to Thunderbolt Resources to plan projects months in advance. The pre-planning team can populate unnamed crews and resources as place holders to plot out timelines that will require additional attention. This pre-planning tool gives your team the ability to manage crew resources as a team, add vehicles and equipment to track usage and availability, and quickly identify and correct any conflicts before the project goes live.

There’s a lot you can do with this workforce planning tool, and the best part is it’s simple to use if you just invest the time to learn it.

Learn more about using Thunderbolt Resources by visiting our resources page. Consider how this technology will help you be more efficient and help your company evolve to the next level.

By | 2019-04-25T14:08:35+00:00 April 26th, 2019|Thunderbolt University|