The Budget vs. Planned Cost Widget, located in each project in Bridgit Bench, helps to better understand how your staffing plan compares to your budgeted labor costs. The widget pulls cost rates at an individual level, or uses default cost rates (in your settings), to ensure the widget displays accurate cost information that updates in real time if changes are made to the staffing plan.
Winning bids at a high rate is one of the lifelines to maintaining a construction company. While this is a simple concept, being successful at it requires a general contractor capable of juggling a myriad of variables, some of them completely out of their control.
Modern contractors thrive when making data-driven decisions. One of the biggest question marks in terms of quality data in construction revolves around the workforce, its availability, and where it needs to be. Using spreadsheets to make key business decisions about allocating people to jobs, communicating updates, and forecasting future labor demands is like trying to juggle underwater, it just can’t happen.
Bridgit Bench arms you with Smart Suggestions for every project role. When allocating someone to an unfilled role in Bench, Smart Suggestions will consider titles and project histories to give you a shortlist of available team members to choose from.
For specialty contractors, a large portion of success hinges on the ability to field the right team for the job. From managing multiple projects to dealing with skills shortages, the challenges are abundant. A key to navigating these challenges lies in effective workforce planning. Knowing who you have, what they can do, and where they can best be assigned.
Having access to accurate and reliable preconstruction data is the equivalent of having a detailed roadmap for a long journey. This data, encompassing a variety of elements from cost estimates and site conditions to workforce availability, lays the foundation for every successful construction project. It’s an invaluable tool that guides key decisions, shapes strategies, and helps anticipate challenges.
Traditionally, the construction sector has favoured a siloed approach to its teams, with each one keeping its cards close to the chest. This defensiveness is worth questioning, especially as building methods evolve and the industry gets better acquainted with new technologies. Is operating in silos still an effective strategy, particularly when it comes to planning your most valuable resource – your people?
Bridgit Bench adds a new Preconstruction Module for precon people planning and has made Project Broadcasts available from the Bench Mobile Application.
Preconstruction workforce planning presents a unique set of challenges for contractors. These challenges are specifically felt by preconstruction managers who have the critical task of coordinating people and tasks before the actual construction begins. One of a preconstruction manager’s primary goals is to sort and handle the number of opportunities and projects that come in
Whether you’re a project manager seeking to fine-tune your staffing strategies, or a company executive looking for ways to improve overall efficiency and profitability, this article is for you.