Construction material management is the top way that organisations using or supplying construction materials stay up to date.
Whether this is the supply of the building and construction industry or taking stock checks before use; construction material management is an important process to master. Not only does this ensure that the material is safe for use by employees and for its intended application, but any organisation in the supply chain will want to ensure the quality of their materials. Many organisations in the building and construction industry are now choosing to conduct construction material management inspection using mobile solutions, making use of tablets and smartphones that their employees are learned in already.
Mobile inspection platforms make use of digital inspection methods using the device camera, speech-to-text services and standardised response checklists. What attracts many organisations is also the ability to add reference material, such as manuals or guides, or industry standards. Industry standards such as AS 4100:2020, ‘Steel Structures’ and AS/NZS 5131:2016, ‘Fabrication and erection of Steel Structures’, published by Standards Australia, are continuously revised to support the industry. The guidance can, just like any other manual, be added to specific checklist sections, or be designed to comply with an entire inspection. This gives an inspector the peace of mind that they are complying with industry or organisational standards as they are directly integrated in their check and following report. Inspection of steel can quickly determine whether the steel can be recycled for another use; whether quality assurance benchmarks have been followed higher up the supply chain; or whether the distributors, builders and consumers are considering the material’s durability and sustainability.