Construction quality takes center stage at Construct Canada 2013

BRIDGIT | Dec 6, 2013

From Wednesday up until today, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre played host to the 25th annual Construct Canada trade show. As the largest building and construction trade show in Canada, the yearly event brings contractors and executives from across the nation together with over 1,050 exhibits, 200 presentations and 450 speakers, as well as countless informative seminars and networking opportunities.

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The exhibits, speakers and presentations covered a wide array of topics centering around the construction industry, but a large percentage shared a common emphasis on superior construction quality.  In today’s competitive market builders are constantly looking to find an edge on the competition, whether through state-of-the-art building materials, engineering know-how, or advances in technology and software. In one particular seminar, Brian Palmquist, Director of Quality Assurance at Ledcor Industries, led a discussion highlighting the importance of incorporating modern tools, including mobile and tablet based technology, into the construction deficiency management process.  Builders able to demonstrate their willingness to implement mobile technology capable of enhancing construction quality will have the upper hand on competitors in the field still relying on outdated manual methods. This one aspect could easily be the crucial deciding point on whether or not a builder is awarded a contract.

The end goal for a builder is to provide a superior product, putting the deficiency management process among the top contributing factors in both assuring and delivering quality.  Failure to address quality issues on-site is a costly misstep for builders, who are often subject to penalty fees from developers when construction quality doesn’t meet expectations.  A calculated approach to deficiency management is fundamental in the construction industry, and as construction methods evolve, so do deficiency management methods. The once daunting task of documenting, managing and resolving deficiencies on a job site with pen and paper has been simplified and expedited thanks to recent innovations in the fields of mobile computing and software development.  Using an innovative mobile platform such as Closeout allows General Contractors to record and communicate deficiencies instantly. Unlike expensive software systems such as BIM 360 which require rigorous training and entire internal departments, Closeout utilizes a simple, user-friendly interface that can be learned and implemented quickly, allowing for a seamless and efficient quality control process.

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