How to Create an Effective Tech Stack

Digital tools are just as important as mechanical tools in the construction industry. However, creating a digital toolbox isn’t always easy. Creating an effective tech stack involves a few steps, but the work is always worth it.

eVolve MEP knows that in an increasingly digital world, the use of technology has been less of a suggestion and more of a requirement to increase productivity in the construction industry. When used correctly, technology can be your greatest asset; however, this doesn’t mean it’s always easy to have an effective tech stack.

Technology can be frustrating to use, and even choosing the right tools can be overwhelming. There are so many options that choosing the right ones for your company’s specific needs is difficult. However, a digital toolbox is just as important as having a mechanical toolbox- the only difference is that digital tools aren’t tangible. And as for making it efficient, though the task may seem daunting, there are only a few steps: looking at your tech stack, determining the group of problems you want it to apply to, and figuring out how to apply it. 

Challenges to Creating an Effective Tech Stack 
Often, the biggest challenge that stands in the way of creating an effective tech stack is implementation. You may already have the technology available to you, but it might be difficult to understand or deploy. Try implementing new technology in small doses and small groups before introducing it all at once. Sometimes the “data dump” can cause overwhelming frustration, which makes the technology less likely to be used and its potential is left untapped. By introducing it in small ways, it’s easy to understand its uses, making it more efficient and much less frustrating.

If you don’t already have the technology available to you, the challenge is usually deciding what technology will work the best for you and your company’s specific needs. Having too many options might cause you to freeze and avoid having a tech stack altogether. By paying attention to the needs and problems you are trying to solve with technology, you can easily pinpoint the technology that will be best for you. 



How to Create Efficiency 
Before you use construction tools, it’s important to have training on each tool to understand how to use them and avoid problems. If the people who will be using the technology you have chosen are not properly trained on each aspect, it will lose its efficiency and become frustrating. However, it’s still important to have somebody who can answer those questions that will ultimately arise. A construction technologist is the perfect role. Just like how people in the construction industry can recognize construction tools, it’s construction technologists who can recognize digital tools. Consulting construction technologists and bringing them up to speed with the technology you plan on using is a great way to create efficiency. 

Interested in learning more about how to create an effective tech stack? Check out the second episode of MEP Masters, the podcast geared towards revealing the tips and tricks of the talented craftsmen of the MEP industry with host David Gabriel of eVolve MEP. MEP Masters is available on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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