DIY, or in-house construction camera solutions often start out simple enough, but as projects scale and demand for site monitoring increases, DIY solutions often aren’t enough. Discover how one DIYer came to the realization that doing it himself just wasn’t cutting it.
Here at iBEAM Construction Cameras, we help clients across the United States document and monitor job sites with a variety of camera solutions. We’ve been doing this since 2001, so it’s safe to say we know a thing or two about effective and professional-grade solutions.
Occasionally, when we’re speaking with a project manager about photo documentation needs and solutions, they’ll say something along the lines of, ‘We actually take care of that in-house,’ or ‘We’ve created our own solution that’s been working OK for us.’
Now don’t get us wrong, if your team is able to create and maintain an effective solution in house, that’s fantastic! But if your in-house solution isn’t as effective as it should or could be, are you really saving time and money with DIY?
While speaking with one construction company’s IT manager this week, we discovered that even the most well thought-out DIY solution can present costly issues down the road. The prospect we spoke with, and we’ll call him Bill for this article, shared details about his DIY solution. Since this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this type of story, we thought it was worth sharing.
Imagine yourself as the project manager or IT director of an up and coming construction company (or hey, maybe you already are the PM/IT director - even easier!). It’s your job to make sure everything at the company runs smoothly for projects to be completed on time and in an effective manner.
On top of all of your regular duties (managing job sites, material orders, subcontractors, inspectors, scheduling, website material, marketing, tech solutions, etc), you’ve been tasked with putting cameras on your projects to monitor and document construction activity.
Sounds easy enough, right? Find a camera, hook it up at the job site, sit back and monitor progress accordingly.
Like many things in life, this is much easier said than done.
Take Bill for example. A few years ago he was asked to put cameras on a handful of job sites. Bill did some research online and found a DIY camera solution he could put together in a few hours, so he ordered some cameras off Amazon and got to work. In a few short days, Bill has figured out how to piece together a DIY solution to solve his remote job site monitoring needs.
So Bill takes his DIY solution and personally travels to all of his job sites to install his camera system. Easy enough, right? With only five project sites and a few bids pending, it’s no problem at all.
But fast forward to today, and Bill's DIY solution is starting to prove problematic.
Over the last two years, Bill's company has seen an impressive increase in business. Suddenly Bill has 37 projects that need photo documentation and remote monitoring, and camera management has turned into a full-time job for Bill.
With the increase in new projects, Bill's frequent flier miles have shot through the roof!
Since he was the person who developed the current DIY system, he now finds himself having to travel to each and every new job site to set up the photo documentation and job site monitoring solution. This takes valuable time away from actual project management or IT management.
Talk about LONG days and too much time away from home!
On top of that, the DIY camera solution that Bill thought was ‘good enough’ in the beginning is now fraught with multiple issues:
Once it’s all said and done, Bill and his company are losing precious resources to what was supposed to be an easy and inexpensive solution. . They now see the value in a proven, professionally designed and managed construction camera system like iBEAM Construction Cameras.
After speaking with Bill about his DIY solution and the shortcomings that have emerged as his company continues to scale, the conversation quickly turned to our company and how we can help Bill and his company.
Our conversation focused not only on the quality and reliability of our cameras and power solutions, but also on the benefits Bill will be afforded by making the switch:
When it’s all said and done, Bill is very much like you: an expert at what he does - IT and project management. Instead of trying to do it all, focus on what you do best and delegate the rest to professionals who who live and breathe construction cameras.
DIY photo documentation and construction camera solutions may look like an attractive and cost-effective measure in the short term, but don’t forget about the long term. Ask yourself, ‘Will my solution stand up to scaled production and new jobs? Is it effective to get the job done in and deliver timely results over time? Am I prepared to maintain and update this solution?’
If you find yourself with an overwhelmingly complicated DIY solution, or if you’re still considering your options for photo documentation and remote management, give our team a call.
We custom tailor every quote to the job at hand and don’t take a blanket approach to clients. We know each job is different and has different demands, and that’s why we take the time to learn about you, your projects, and your goals. We even have affordable rental options available!
Doing the right thing, for every client, every time.