The past year has been tough on public sector budgets. As the post-COVID-19 recovery begins to take shape, achieving the best value is going to be important, and local authorities are likely to have gaps in finances and services that need to be addressed.
Achieving the best value is something that has been on the built environment agenda for some time. Last year’s publication of the Value Toolkit from the Construction Innovation Hub was a significant step forward. With the Construction Playbook also emphasising the need for more value-based procurement, it is clear that the public sector will need to look again at how it identifies cost, determines value and ensures the effective delivery of projects.
Digitising construction to improve efficiency, reduce risk
That is where construction software like Bluebeam Revu comes in. With small adjustments to existing workflows, the digitalization of construction industry can make processes much more efficient.
Tasks such as planning reviews and approvals can be done in real-time while working on live project documents. This visibility of data increases accuracy among the whole project team because it makes the likelihood of re-work and project delays much lower. Mistakes or issues are flagged more easily and clearly.
For example, when checking that the design is compliant with the latest regulations and guidance, you can easily measure and mark-up the drawing before cross-referencing with other sources. As well as visual mark-ups, comments can be added alongside links to any relevant document or information. This makes the process of feeding back to the project team much easier, without the worry of the comments being missed.
And, as you progress through the project’s lifespan, everything is being logged and attributed to the user who has made changes or updated information. This results in better quality documentation created every step of the way, in line with the Golden Thread recommendations.
How to move forward on your digitized roadmap
This process of managing design queries and revisions is just one example of how software can make a difference. The subject of introducing new processes and tools was explored in depth in our recent webinar (watch the recording here). Nick Erasmus, technical director at Real Data Systems, shared his experiences of helping public sector organisations introduce digital tools and workflows into their everyday processes, alongside examples of the measurable differences it has made.
“Every public sector organisation is in a different place on their digital maturity roadmap, with people, processes and tools at various stages,” Erasmus said. “They may be getting ready to test their first piece of software or already forging their way ahead.
“What is common to all organisations is that they will be under greater pressure to integrate new tools within projects as a way of enhancing the value that is being delivered,” Erasmus added. “This starts right from consultation stage with community stakeholders, through to design, construction, handover and ongoing maintenance of the final built asset.”
To find out more about the benefits of digital workflows in the public sector, you can view the webinar recording via the button below. It includes how to:
- Build the business case for investment in new software
- Assess and compare tools so that you get the right solution
- Successfully implement new workflows
- Work collaboratively across multiple locations and teams
- Improve consistency and reduce risk
To watch the full recording of the “Digitising Processes and Workflows: Bluebeam Revu for the Public Sector” webinar, click here.