3 Strategies For Maximizing Job Site Productivity

How efficient you are with your work can be the difference between a thriving, successful business and a struggling one

3 Strategies For Maximizing Job Site Productivity

Having one or two workers prefabricate assemblies repeatedly in a controlled workshop environment, as opposed to a variable job site environment, can double or even triple your productivity on projects.

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Productivity. It’s the buzzword of the construction industry. With project timelines compressing, budgets tightening, and skilled laborers dwindling by the day, productivity is the difference between a company that thrives and a company that fails.

Because doing more with less is becoming the norm, contractors are evolving to meet the needs of both their businesses and their clients by incorporating a few key strategies that are paying off big time.

Here are three ways you can maximize productivity and get more from your workforce on your next project.

Incorporate BIM

BIM (building information modeling) is a process started at the very beginning of a project. It allows creation of highly accurate 3D models that can reveal issues on a project before you ever step foot on the job site.

If you have a large enough company and the resources to do it, you can have your own in-house BIM department. Or you can outsource the work to a BIM services provider. Some BIM providers will even offer to train your team or present a “partnership” solution to augment your staff when you have large projects to tackle.

No matter how you decide to incorporate BIM, you’ll be glad you did once the project is in the construction phase. Many contractors already using BIM have reported significant labor, material, and costs savings by simply getting the plan right in the virtual world before making it happen in reality.

Prefabrication

Prefabrication is becoming more and more common on construction projects because of the incredible efficiencies it provides. By having one or two workers prefabricate assemblies repeatedly in a controlled workshop environment, as opposed to a variable job site environment, you can double or even triple your productivity on projects.

In addition to the efficiencies prefab provides, it also offers greater accuracies when it comes time to install on site. When a worker has the opportunity to do a repeatable job, it hones the skill and improves the quality of the work. This is also especially valuable with the skilled labor shortage. Giving a less-skilled worker the job of prefabbing accelerates their knowledge and expertise and also frees up your higher-skilled workers to be on the job site managing the project.

In short, prefab is a win-win for getting jobs done fast and right the first time.

Choose the Right Products and Tools

Finally, the products and tools you use on the job site can make a big difference in the speed of your installs. Take, for example, flexible PEX pipe. Because the piping can bend with each change in direction, it eliminates the need to stop and make a fitting. This can save incredible amounts of time compared with rigid metal piping systems, not to mention the money you can save by potentially nixing more than half the fittings on a job.

For tight bends, PEX suppliers even provide plastic or metal bend supports to help facilitate the bend and keep the piping in place at the proper angle. For smaller-dimension piping, such as 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch, these bend supports can essentially eliminate most elbows on a job site.

Additionally, when it comes to making connections, choosing the right system is also key for productivity. For professional PEX installations, most contractors prefer the expansion method due to its simplicity and reliability. It requires only one tool along with an expansion ring and fitting.

The expansion tools are where the productivity really shines. There are new MilwaukeeTool M12 FUEL and M18 FUEL expanders on the market now that offer up to three times faster expansions compared with previous models. This takes a fast connection system and ramps up productivity significantly.

Make it Count

Every little bit helps when it comes to being more productive on the job site. Even if you can’t integrate all three of these strategies, incorporating just one is bound to make a difference.

When productivity is the name of the construction game, it’s vital to look at all options and incorporate what works for your situation and resources. It can make the difference between a thriving, successful business and a struggling one. 

About the Author

Kim Bliss is the technical and marketing content manager at Uponor. She can be reached at kim.bliss@uponor.com.



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