The Future of Compliance – How Technology Can Simplify This Necessary Evil
Everyone in the construction business, from builders to site managers, have to deal with adhering to the formal rules laid out in government regulated construction compliance. These are established to make sure work gets done right the first time and in a safe manner, even though they may seem tedious and excessive most of the time.
Making sure the right paperwork is filled out and filed correctly can mean the difference between jobs done right the first time and jobs that go over budget, beyond deadline or constructed in a hazardous manner.
The Necessity of Compliance
Keeping compliance records brings a sense of order to the typical chaos of a worksite going full steam ahead, with multiple teams going about their work. Construction can be messy work; keeping track of things like zoning rules, civil regulations on waste disposal and restrictions on building parameters makes a big difference.
For example, the Australian National Construction Code (NCC) is used to ensure that those who hold a stake in buildings or the development of projects can verify that the construction process fits in with expected conformance and compliance standards.
The included steps ensure that the value of the structure is intact and its integrity is assured.
The paperwork involved in the NCC mitigates the risk taken on by developers through repetitive verification, and it makes sure that every bit of the building is safe and habitable. It is clear that builders and civil engineers are not wasting their time when processing compliance forms.
The Challenge of Construction Compliance
Today, dealing with compliance paperwork means devoting time and human capital to checking in with every member of the team on site and expecting them to stop what they are doing to second-guess their work. The cost of meeting construction compliance requirements for specific projects can be exorbitant, and the working hours wasted on site passing paper around is significant.
One major task is verifying paperwork: inevitably slowing down the work as project managers seem to push more paper and build fewer buildings.
For example, the Commercial Building Disclosure requires builders to furnish extensive energy efficiency information on any commercial office space measuring 2000 square metres or more. To meet these standards takes time; collecting insulation, power consumption and structural data on the building. Then it means gathering that information and correctly filling out the requisite and often difficult to source paperwork…
How Technology Is Changing Things
It is through technology that property developers and builders can get the combined benefits of compliance while still gaining efficiency in saving time and human capital.
Innovations like mobile and web apps, tablet computers and other mobile devices make going paperless on site possible. This shift is both environmentally sensitive and smart business, as it reduces the physical resources and time attributed to filing compliance forms.
The convenience of running digital compliance today means that workflow doesn’t grind to a halt when the site manager has to do their checks. They can now check if the structure and materials meet compliance and safety standards, all in a quick and minimally intrusive manner.
But compliance checks of the future may have greater implications due to higher requirements for efficiency. Considering how technology is disrupting the construction industry overall, you’ll notice the biggest gains come from a full convergence of all emerging technologies.
Compliance of the future may not only cover site safety and environmental concerns, but also fine grain project efficiency and the diligent adoption of a continuously changing best practice. Through automation, the filing process has also being streamlined.
Automating compliance paperwork allows more attention to be placed on actually solving problems. By putting the power to automate compliance in the site manager’s hands and unchaining them from the desk, everyone can get back to the work of building the best possible office, home or hospital.
Although compliance is a necessary evil, it doesn’t necessarily have to be evil.
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