RPA for Construction – How to Atomize and Optimize
RPA for Construction
RPA can automate tasks for every construction company. First, think of a process in your company that frustrates employees because it is time-consuming and/or mindless.
RPA, or Robotic Process Automation, is a technology that uses software “robots” to complete historically manual tasks more accurately and without fatigue.
Please note, the purpose of this blog is not to make a reader an expert in RPA. It is simply an introduction to RPA and how it can assist construction companies.
How can RPA work for the Construction Industry?
Software robots do not lay brick, operate cranes, or perform earthwork. Software robots for construction automate repetitive processes that used to require the time and attention of an employee, but they do not replace human workers. Instead, they increase the worker’s value by transforming them from a “number cruncher” to a data analyst that reviews the reports generated by an RPA bot.
Most construction office staff are probably already using some form of RPA. A simple example of this is setting up an automatic reply to let others know they are out of the office. Next, a human instructs software to reply to all incoming email, so they don’t have to do that manually, or have their colleagues and clients wondering why they haven’t received a reply in over a week. This may be workflow automation via RPA in its simplest form.
RPA Use Cases in Construction:
- Invoice Generation and Processing
- Document Management
- Talent Acquisition and On-boarding
- Mass Emailing
- Project Updates
- Manual Data Transfer
- Non-integrated Software Integration
- Contract Generation
- Resource Allocation
These use cases only scratch the surface of what is possible with RPA.
Why implement RPA?
In conclusion, here are some great use cases for RPA and why it’s time to get serious about adopting this technology if you haven’t already.
- RPA is more cost effective than custom software
- A custom software can replace existing programs, but RPA allows you to use the tools you have more effectively.
- Improve staff and underperforming software
- Some software will not integrate with other parties and requires data to be manually transferred between systems. RPA can quickly pull information from one system to another with no errors.
- Better data integrity
- Software robots don’t get tired or distracted, nor do they make careless mistakes. RPA provides greater accuracy in data transfer than a human.
- Flexible scalability
- A company can have one software robot dedicated to a specific task on a single project, or they can have hundreds of different robots automating separate tasks across their organization. RPA has unmatched scalability when compared to hiring new employees or purchasing enterprise software.
How to get started
Joining JBKnowledge’s consulting division after graduating from Texas A&M’s Mays Business School, David started as a coordinator, then a project manager, then to a consultant. He has cultivated a formula for realizing the best solution for each company using analysis, goals with tangible results, and nurturing ongoing relationships.