Robotic process automation (RPA) is taking the office based, corporate world by storm, but what about RPA in the construction sector, in which most of the important work takes place away from the computer? Unfortunately, RPA systems can’t operate construction plant and oversee building projects – at least not yet – but what they can do is help construction businesses with a wide range of back-office functions that save contractors both time and money. Let’s find out more. 
 
The Benefits Of RPA For Construction Businesses 
 
Construction businesses can benefit from RPA in many of the same ways as companies in other sectors, including: 
Increased back-office productivity 
Reduced time spent on admin 
Better accountability and transparency 
Fewer duplications and errors 
Greater flexibility in working practices 
Lower back office/admin costs 
 
What about the specific ways that robotic process automation can be integrated into construction workflows? 
 
1) Finance and Accounting: RPA software can help construction businesses with automated invoice processing, statement reconciliation and data input, among other manual administrative tasks. 
 
2) Data and Reporting: An RPA system can integrate data from your cloud-based and on premises systems to provide easy access to financial and project data. In addition, RPA can save your admin and customer service team valuable time by responding to routine queries, sending out automated updates, and directing emails and phone calls to the appropriate person, including routing urgent calls to managers on site. 
 
3) Human Resources: There are many ways in which an RPA system can help in a construction contractor’s HR Department, including automated employee onboarding – providing employment information and project details to new employees and contractors. RPA can also handle health and safety risk assessments, ongoing training, health and safety, and certification validation, and on-site rota management. 
 
4) Operations: An RPA system can be configured to place ongoing orders with suppliers, provide answers to a range of questions using a multilevel knowledge base, and manage credit checks. RPA can also manage, update, and achieve a variety of important business records, including purchase orders, quotes, contractual agreements, architectural drawings, and planning applications, with documents immediately assigned and forwarded to the relevant project manager. 
 
Find Out More 
At Cevitr, we have worked with a range of construction businesses since 2018 to help streamline and automate a variety of construction industry tasks. To find out more, we invite you to [book a free demo] today and find out how much time and money you could save with our tailored robotic process automation systems. 
 
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