Remote Construction: How a Trend of the 2010s Turned into a Necessity in the 2020s

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Photo and video construction documentation is the solution that was designed for remote work before working from home offices became the norm. Thanks to the pandemic, adoption of construction technology reached a level that would have normally taken years to achieve. Remote construction monitoring empowers you and your team to safely close and open job sites, always stay in the know regarding current project status, and, although the nature of the construction industry doesn’t seem synonymous with being “remote”, perform numerous tasks from home.

One big step for mankind, one giant leap for construction.

In 2021, the construction industry continues to deal with many of the same challenges it first faced last year, like reorganized schedules, material supply disruptions, and overall uncertainty, but now you’re more prepared and ready to use the tools that will help to deliver high-quality results faster, with fewer inefficiencies and in safer job site conditions.

As you know, keeping track of construction projects has always involved travelling because owners, developers, and contractors had to manage various projects in multiple locations. This task has never been easy, but a couple of years ago, remote site monitoring technologies entered the market and allowed construction professionals to monitor progress from anywhere in the world. Now, full-service construction visual documentation solutions offer you the same clarity you previously only achieved by physically visiting the site.

2019 was the year when remote construction site monitoring became widely used, 2020 showed how vital such technologies are, and in 2021 we can say that visual documentation is here to stay: according to some reports, its market share is going to grow by almost two times by 2028.

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What Construction Documentation Means for Your Job Site

Visual documentation is the solution that supports your project, both in times of crisis and when operations are back to “normal”. Here are the three major benefits of leveraging construction photo and video documentation.

  1. Go back to job sites. No one could expect this pandemic. When you’re forced to shut down a job site with little notice and no clear date when you’ll be able to come back, it’s hard to plan for the future. That’s where visual documentation comes into play. First, it helps you to shut down the site in the safest manner and capture comprehensive images of on-site conditions for possible insurance claims. Second, a detailed visual review of your site is what you’ll need to get back up and running as soon as possible when the restrictions are lifted.
  1. Work from home. While you can’t install wiring from your desk, you can do a great portion of communication and updating from a computer. It’s important to mention that visual documentation isn’t only about photos. Tools like 360 virtual walkthroughs, aerial imaging, and live HD webcams also contribute greatly to successful task completion from home. Here’s what you can do using visual documentation:
      • Conduct safety reviews with subcontractors
      • Conduct QA and QC of completed work
      • Run OAC meetings
      • Take measurements to order materials
      • Respond to and resolve RFIs
      • Update project plans
      • Track progress that continues on-site


  1. Rely on one source of truth. The best thing about full-service visual documentation solutions is that you only use one software to get all the information you need. All stakeholders can navigate the site themselves through as-built photos linked to floorplans, virtual walkthroughs or videos. GCs can get a detailed view of subcontractors’ progress and verify payments; architects and design engineers don’t need to visit the site to respond to RFIs and change orders; developers can update investors with up-to-date site conditions; inspectors don’t need to run destructive testing because they can look inside the finished walls. All in one place, meaning streamlined communication and minimized misunderstanding.

Remote site monitoring and construction visual documentation are transforming the way project teams work, and we’re proud to see that Multivista’s solutions are helpful, secure, and efficient. Contact us today to learn more about the tools your project will benefit from the most.