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Leveraging Digital Tools to Execute Projects Efficiently

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on Jun 3, 2021 8:02:00 AM

Contractors are under more pressure than ever to complete their jobs faster and under budget. So when it comes to managing your job sites, you know every minute and dollar counts. 

But many construction managers are still relying on slow and manual processes like paper forms, spreadsheets, and even word of mouth to execute the ins and outs of daily work. And these old ways are breaking down and hurting the bottom line.

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Topics: Construction Technology

Using Construction Technology to Win More Work

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on May 24, 2021 12:06:35 PM

58% of construction leaders expect to see more change in the built industry within the next 5 years than there has been in the last 50 years. It’s an exciting time for the industry–leaders are finally embracing technology to stay competitive and prepare for the digital future. 

But any digital transformation requires a strategic game plan on how to adopt technology for your crews and projects. And when done right, it can re-shape your operations and culture for the better.

But what digital tools should you use?

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Topics: Construction Technology

How to Prepare for Adopting Digital Construction Tools

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on May 14, 2021 7:45:00 AM

Construction companies are finally embracing technology (you can see why here) and realizing how it can drive efficiency and growth. It’s an exciting time in the industry with countless opportunities to improve processes everywhere you look. 

But it’s one thing to understand you can benefit from a digital transformation and another tp make it happen.

A lot of leaders we work with know they need to change, but they’re unsure where to start. That’s why we put together this simple but actionable plan to get you started.

Download this free checklist to use alongside this step-by-step guide to help prepare your team for a successful technology project.

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Topics: Construction Technology

Why Construction Is Going Through a Digital Transformation (and Current Tech Trends)

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on May 7, 2021 12:08:27 PM

You’ve probably heard the term “digital transformation” at some point. It’s a buzzword that gets a lot of attention in every industry, even construction.

But what does it really mean? Why does it even matter for your crews and projects?

Well, it is important for any leader to understand.

In an industry faced with crippling inefficiencies, digitization is the way forward in this modern age. It’s what will keep your projects safe, on time, and under budget.

Keep reading to learn why the industry is at a tipping point and how others are digitizing their operations.

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Topics: Construction Technology

Construction Technology: How COVID has Shown that Your Construction Crews are Ready to Use Tech in the Field

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on Oct 27, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Even if you’ve done your research and calculated your ROI, there still can be some doubt that a new tech tool will have the impact you’re hoping for. Will it work like it should? Will your crew even use it?

SPARK helped deploy a digital form to more than 650 construction job sites in 2020. What was the result? The data shows that your crews ARE READY to use digital tools! 

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Topics: Construction Technology

Construction Technology: Why Invest in a Semi-Custom Solution for Field Tech

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on Oct 20, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Digital tools are quickly changing today’s job sites and operations. Accurate and quick data from your field crew — like their time on a job, equipment used, and overall progress — can improve decision-making, boost your bottom line, and be a competitive advantage.

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Topics: Construction Technology

Construction Technology: Spark Business Works

Posted by Heather Smith on Oct 16, 2020 2:25:13 PM

Michigan Construction is excited to announce our newest partner Spark Business Works! SPARK creates custom software, digital products and strategic design that help construction companies update their processes and brands.

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Topics: Construction Technology, ROI

Construction Technology: The True ROI of Connecting Your Field Crews to Your Office Team with Tech

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on Oct 13, 2020 7:59:00 AM

While the construction industry has lagged in technology adoption, factors like labor shortages, a pandemic, and new technology options have created the urgency for leaders to innovate.

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Topics: Construction Technology, ROI

Construction Technology: How to Leverage Technology for Time and Field Data Collection

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on Oct 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Most construction firms still struggle with tracking and using field data required to operate the business. You rely on paper forms and spreadsheets to track workers, jobs, and equipment. Other data comes in through word of mouth. You stick with these methods because they’re familiar..

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Topics: Construction Technology

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