Q: When we talk about “optimization through digitization,” what benefits do you expect from a solution like SEQUELLO?
A: A digital solution ideally functions in such a way that the order, delivery note and invoice are processed automatically. Consequently, the construction managers would only have to check those items where that shows a discrepancy in quantity or price. And, of course, it is important to have various dashboards so the information that used to be found in Excel lists can be evaluated directly in the system.
At the moment though, we’re still struggling with the fact that there is no consistent documentation of which orders have already been placed from the construction site. Although we receive the invoice, we are often unable to identify to which delivery it belongs to until the incoming goods have been documented. Making the allocation leads to additional administrative work and it also unnecessarily delays the settlement of the invoice. The effort increases additionally if the delivery documents don’t match the invoices, and the reasons for the discrepancy needs to be determined.
Q: If construction managers are relieved of a large number of administrative tasks in the future by digital solutions, what activities will be left? Won’t they get bored?
A: No, certainly not. As a construction manager, you take care of many important aspects of the construction site so that the work can be carried out in a well thought-out and efficient manner. Setting up the construction site with electricity, Internet and construction containers to preparing payment schedules, monthly construction site profit and loss statement and supervising construction site controlling are all tasks that are part of the job. Furthermore, the construction managers should show more presence on the construction site again.
Q: Why is it so important that the construction managers are also out on the construction site?
A: On construction sites, we have the dual control principle between the construction manager and the construction site manager. Ideally, both should have the same level of information about the technical and commercial aspects of the construction site and coordinate their activities on an on-going basis. It is precisely for these core tasks that resources are now to be freed up through digitization and automation of the entire procurement process.
The construction site is the source of success; our common goal is to organize and control construction execution efficiently to ensure that a good result and generate stable profits.