The construction industry sector continues to evolve. In addition to changes in construction techniques, materials, and designs; the competition for contract bidding continues to intensify.
The contract triad consists of:
1.) Delivery of quality service
2.) Competitive Pricing
3.)Timeliness to Completion
The ARDES system advances two out of three major areas of a competitive contract bid.
The ARDES system is a wearable computer device with industry specific software designed to improve work flow efficiency and data management as applied to the construction industry. A large construction site would use the ARDES system in the following way. Parameters of the overall project would be inputted into the system prior to commencement. The general project manager would receive real-time input from each subcontractor foreman also wearing the ARDES device. The project manager will have the advantage of continual live feedback from all aspects of the project, freedom of movement while receiving data or giving commands.
Communications are streamlined to only that which is essential and therefore minimizes interruptions. Subcontract foremen will input data to include materials available on-site, phase initiation, stage of progress, completion, unexpected difficulties, and estimated time delays or any other parameter desired. The foreman will also have the option for live video feedback of their view to the general project manager as may be needed to demonstrate unexpected difficulties or other situations. The project manager will have on demand access to all aspects of the project regardless of their location on-site. Additionally, input may be derived from automated systems such as GPS tracking for delivery time of work-site materials.
Each phase of work is sequenced in a fashion to allow sufficient lead-time to seamlessly coordinate the next phases of the project. The system will use set parameters to calculate resource needs, event sequences, and project timelines to completion amongst other calculations. Visual indicators will demonstrate the current progress of each subtask or the project as a whole relative to the estimated timeline. Other consequences of ARDES efficiency includes elimination or significant reduction in hours of daily team meetings for progress updates. Increased efficiency will reduce man hours and equipment rental times translating into thousands or even millions in cost savings. Therefore in the contract triad, if a bidder can deliver on the quality service; ARDES helps to deliver on the timeliness and cost competitiveness.
When a firm is strong in all three aspects, the increased number of awarded contracts is often all that is needed to rise to the top as industry leader.