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.
Management can also see several benefits from integrating construction material management with paperless solutions. These perks can often become visible via the setup of a computerised maintenance management system (CMMS). By allowing industry standards such as AS 4100:2020 or AS/NZS 5131:2016 to be integrated with the inspection report and checklist, management can effectively harvest long term data of the quality and status of their construction materials. This data can be collected from every inspection report of an asset or audit of incoming stock, which when historically categorised, allows management to see the quality and status over a longer term. Return of investment becomes easier to calculate, risk around the workplace can be mitigated and the construction material management process tweaked. By integrating industry standards such as AS 4100:2020 or AS/NZS 5131:2016 inspectors can also quickly and simply demonstrate compliance, simplifying the audit trail for the management team when reporting time comes around. As well as pre-configured corrective actions, automated report distribution and information sharing between teams, paperless solutions can drastically reduce the time that inspectors spend auditing construction materials. This means that the material stock spends less time in the manufacturing plant, delivery warehouse or on the construction site floor, and ensures it gets to its end use faster. A speedier process for any organisation in the construction materials supply chain benefits the entire supply chain and promotes best practice between organisational relationships.
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