What’s the average downtime? How much fuel are we using? What’s the cause of downtime? Are there any ways we can improve our process and workflow? Constantly asking ourselves questions like these is the key to maintaining peak job site efficiency.

In order to increase efficiency, no matter what industry you’re in, you have to know which data points to track, and how to track them. If you don’t have the right data you can’t make the right decisions. To keep our job sites running smoothly we use the following tactics.

Consolidating Information- Using the latest technology, we can view all pertinent fleet equipment information on one dashboard. This allows our project managers to quickly see the information they need to identify any problems and fix them before they cause too much downtime.

One Problem at a Time- Once problems are identified it’s best to try to tackle them one at a time. When you attempt to solve multiple problems at the same time, you often will spread yourself too thin and never completely solve any of the problems.

Be Flexible- Every job is different and the problems that come up on each project will be just as unique. With this in mind, we have to be flexible and adjust in order to stay efficient. When you’ve been around as long as we have it can be tempting to think you’ve got it all figured out and stick to some sort of master plan. We’ve found this kind of thinking will only lead to more problems.

Talk to Everyone- Not all great ideas come from the office. Plenty of fantastic, time-saving ideas come from the men and women on the frontlines. It’s important to talk with employees at all levels and ask them about the inefficiencies they notice and if they have any solutions in mind.

Job site efficiency is something we’re always trying to improve at Cowen Construction. We know this will lead to more projects completed on time and under budget.