From commercial to infrastructure to industrial, general contractors need a way to digitize their construction process to drive efficiency, improve collaboration between teams and enhance communication. They rely on design collaboration and coordination, document management and more to be successful, so how can GCs improve their processes?
Solutions like the Autodesk Construction Cloud are a perfect fit for general contractors because it allows them to connect everything they do on one centralized platform. In this blog, we’ll look at how general contractors can utilize the Autodesk Construction Cloud to streamline the bidding process, connect office and field, avoid rework and more.
Streamline the bidding process
Lack of standardization in the bidding process makes it difficult for general contractors to track their bids and can result in many missed opportunities. Finding the right partners and picking the most accurate estimate for every project is a crucial step in the project process, so how can general contractors streamline the bidding process?
With BuildingConnected Pro, general contractors can manage partnerships, compare bids and more in a centralized bid management system. Kick off your bidding process with BuildingConnected Pro to ensure you find and choose the right builders for the job. Plus, intuitive and customizable forms allow general contractors to get bids out the door in under 10 minutes (and in a standardized format, too!) – project details, design files and custom forms are included in BuildingConnected Pro.
Connect teams in both the field and office
During preconstruction, general contractors often struggle to effectively communicate as a team. Issues are best solved before they arrive on site, so collaboration with other trades is extremely important. Clash detection and tracking are a must-have so involved trades can jump into action before a delay happens.
With Autodesk Build and the PlanGrid Build app, you can connect the office and field, configure project management workflows to meet your team’s needs and keep your projects on track. Centralized construction meeting minutes improve team coordination and project tracking, allowing your team to gain visibility into commitments, link to references and refer to meeting record history. To keep projects on track, you’ll have access to current schedule information, which can be imported from Primavera P6, Microsoft Project or ASTA Powerproject into Autodesk Build.
Win more work with centralized bid management
Streamline the preconstruction process, issue more bids and increase bid accuracy with connected and centralized bid management. By hosting construction bid management on a single platform, general contractors can maximize productivity and work confidently knowing their information is up-to-date.
Adopting an online bid board solution to manage bid invites, projects, team workload and deadlines is the ideal method to ensure nothing is missed. Bid Board Pro is an online bid board that allows you to quickly identify new job opportunities and track bids any time during the bidding process.
See where your bids stand
See your bids across the office or your division from one place. Track project files, job walks, due dates and more. Know what needs to be done, who’s responsible and when it’s due.
Save time with automated bid tracking
Stop manually consolidating your bids and forward them from any source to automatically populate your bid board. Aggregate similar jobs from different contractors for easy tracking.
Bid smarter and win the work you want
Make better business decisions! – Check win rates, track your team’s performance and see how your business is doing.
Avoid rework with the latest plans and documentation
With multiple projects across different job sites, general contractors need to ensure all teams have the latest plans, changes and updates in real time. Manual processes can often lead to teams working from outdated plans. How can general contractors avoid rework?
As a mobile-first construction software solution, the Autodesk Constuction Cloud is designed to help standardize and streamline the way teams manage their projects (and all the files that come with it). Autodesk Build grants access to the PlanGrid Build app, allowing general contractors to access the latest plans and documentation anytime, anywhere.
Capture and share site data with ease
When it comes to billing for your work, you don’t want any questions as to what work was done or when. Autodesk Build allows you to attach photos and videos to forms, issues and RFIs. For team members who can’t be present onsite, this feature is a game-changer!
Galleries and tagging capabilities are also included with Autodesk Build. Now you can find the information you’re looking for in one place, with detailed filtering and a map view for easy navigation. Need more context with an image? With one click, you can instantly find out if there’s an issue, form, asset or RFI connected to that photo. Add customized tags to your photos for even more context, then create and share photo reports with others even if they are outside of the project.