First, let’s take a good at the current state of the construction industry. How many times have construction budgets gone over due to unforeseen delays? How often has the “estimated” schedule needed to be updated to account for surprise delays and reflect actual progress? Keeping projects on-time and on-budget is a constant struggle for construction professionals (Blair 2018).
Ok, so you’ve heard the word ‘lean’ used in the construction industry many times BUT what exactly does this mean? Why has Lean Construction become such a hot topic? Before unpacking the true meaning of this important concept, let’s have a look at the facts...
Hi, I’m Sarah, a newbie to the Harbr team! I love exploring how concepts from different industries can have value in new spaces - discovering ways technology can have a useful impact and add meaningful value to the construction world would be a great example. Creating new businesses and working closely with entrepreneurs is my biggest passion.
Construction companies get themselves in trouble...a lot. So much so, that a leading academic research tool (LexisNexis) has a category specifically for construction law. LexisNexis provides computer-assisted legal and business research as well as risk management services. We’ve done our research on legal cases involving construction companies with bad or missing documentation...and the results are terrifying.
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Hey, my name is Ashley, and I am head of product at Harbr. I have always had dreams of creating something from nothing. Lucky enough, I have had great entrepreneurial role models in my life. From a very young age, my Dad exemplified to me the importance of customer relationships, and how important respect is amongst your customers and coworkers. I am passionate about creating great customer relationships everyday.
Increasingly we’re seeing more and more mobile or desktop applications with the promise to digitize field data and make site reporting processes ‘simple’ and ‘more efficient’. But in nearly every instance this promise comes with one huge caveat: stop doing what you’re doing and replace it with [enter product here].
It takes a lot of guts to walk into a company of all men but this is not the case for Harbr. They’ve created a comfortable culture and atmosphere for everyone.
I would love to come across a job site that didn’t run into a single issue or in fact anything in life that different result in some sort of attention to an unfavourable situation. Issues and problems often arise in many different shapes and sizes, resulting in some serious uh-ohs.
Lean concepts are a familiar process to some, but this theory has been the driving force towards newer construction management strategies.
We have all been there in one form or another. Taking on a project, and leaving bits and pieces that seem to be minuscule to the last minute. We dive in deep to then realize that sometimes the smaller things become the biggest problems.
When entire days or weeks go by, with little or no workers showing up on site, each day or hour missed is a huge problem. It is very hard to make up time, if not impossible. And it’s the schedule that takes a beating.
When it comes to day-to-day home renovations, you can ask family members or some friends for advice. When it comes to large construction how do general contractors choose?
In the construction world, a work report is a site manager/superintendent's required daily diary. They are required to report the sites daily activity through a company created form but mostly with an illegitimate notebook.
One common thread of information across all job sites and reports is the weather. Site supervisors are required to track the weather every day, sometimes even multiple times a day.