Frequently Asked Questions

What is digitalisation in construction?

What is digitalisation in construction?

Essentially, the term ‘digitalisation’ refers to the digital recording of people, activities and objects (i.e. plant) on a construction site, in real-time. It involves moving away from traditional paper-based systems and putting technology into the hands of every worker – so that everything from registration and induction to attendance, productivity and communications can be tracked online.

This data can subsequently be used by managers and supervisors, to optimise the management of resources and drive productivity – whilst remaining fully compliant with best safety practices.

How could a digital workforce management system help my business?

How could a digital workforce management system help my business?

It’s fair to say, the construction industry has been slow to embrace digital technology. But COVID-19 has acted as a catalyst for change and the benefits of digitalisation – and a digital workforce management system, such as MSite – has become increasingly apparent. For example, it can:

  • Improve productivity

Rich data insights allow head office teams to make good decisions throughout the build.

  • Promote safety

Contactless biometric entry can reduce the spread of germs, and safety inductions, refresher courses and announcements can all be sent directly to workers.

  • Reduce time and administrative effort

Site processes are streamlined and detailed reports can be accessed at the click of a button.

  • Enhance consistency and accessibility

Data is standardised and can be shared between sites.

It’s all about having insight; insight into the work being conducted, by every person on-site, all readily available at your fingertips – and using this information to reach new standards.

Why choose MSite?

Why choose MSite?

MSite is leading the way for construction workforce management systems. It combines cutting-edge software with best-in-class hardware, to deliver a full suite of products – a suite that is guaranteed to revolutionise safety and productivity in your business.

From a single cloud-based platform, MSite allows you to monitor site access and attendance, inductions and safety, registration and competency, productivity, and identity brokering. You can run reports and view live dashboards, with information about your construction sites and workers. And, as a result, it gives you the ability to make informed decisions in real-time.

What’s more, the system also includes the MSite Workforce App. This enables direct-to-worker notifications, as well as contactless biometric access control – taking advantage of the biometric functionality already built into the worker’s phone.

MSite offers an easy way to bring your construction business into the 21st century and reap the benefits of digitalisation. It may not be able to dig the foundations or lay the bricks, but it will help to build a successful site workforce. And once you make the change, you’ll never look back.

How can digitalisation benefit site teams?

How can digitalisation benefit site teams?

Construction digitalisation allows site teams to digitally record people, activities and objects (like Plant) on a construction site in real-time and then afford Managers and Supervisors the tools to better manage all of these resources in an optimal fashion, all the while being compliant with best practice safety methods. 

Site teams can combine resources in concert through the build process and to adapt and manoeuvre these resources in the most cost-efficient manner when problems or delays are encountered. Head offices can analyse all sites across their business, reviewing the efficiency of build processes across sites, how sub-contractors perform against each other or understanding the safety records of different trades.

In short, digitalisation generates a lot of data which in turn, provides both real-time and post-build insights, insights that should drive better decision-making for improved productivity and safety. MSite CEO, Neil Norman, highlights 5 real tangible benefits of construction digitalisation for site teams, which include:

 

  • Digital identities
  • Task allocation & capture
  • Dynamic snagging
  • Safety passports
  • Direct to worker comms
Can MSite vet and validate accreditations such as CSCS cards?

Can MSite vet and validate accreditations such as CSCS cards?

Yes! MSite has an authorised CITB API to automatically check and validate worker accreditations such as CSCS, CPCS, CISRS, SSSTS, SMTS and other cards against the CITB database.

 

MSite captures and stores an operative’s ID and accreditation data in the MSite cloud, attaching it to their unique global MSite profile, which can be used as a ‘safety passport’ across sites utilising MSite. MSite actively tracks accreditation expiry dates in real time. Automatically blocking site access if workers accreditations have expired or are incorrect.

 

MSite Inductions & Safety streamlines operative onboarding and competency checks before arrival on site, significantly reduces administrative effort, and ensures workers are skilled, trained and authorised to work on site.

Are software modules/products available to purchase as standalone solutions?

Are software modules/products available to purchase as standalone solutions?

MSite software modules can be provided independently or in collaboration with each other, depending on your site requirements. Additionally, there are various hardware options available to be used in conjunction with MSite software, suitable for all site setups.

MSite is a full workforce management solution, which is comprised of 5 core products:

  • Access & Attendance
  • Inductions & Safety
  • Registration & Competency
  • Productivity & Workforce Communications
  • Identity Brokering

Our transparent and honest pricing structure makes procuring biometric workforce and site management solutions simple.

What data insights does MSite provide?

What data insights does MSite provide?

MSite provides site teams and head offices with powerful data insights into the workforce and site operations in real time.

Instant visibility of your site operations, through KPI reports, display dashboards and email alerts. See how many workers are on site by trade, contractor or qualifications and run reports on local labour, carbon emissions and more.

Rich site data insights help site teams identify challenge and success areas, and empowers them with reliable, safety-enhancing workforce management tools to drive key improvements throughout the build process. Manage your workforce digitally with MSite.

Tier level access rights ensures operatives personal data is secure and fully compliant with GDPR regulation.

Can MSite be utilised on remote site setups e.g. rail/road?

Can MSite be utilised on remote site setups e.g. rail/road?

Yes! MSite can be utilised across a variety of site setups, with solutions for both remote sites and those with a fixed permitter. Be it infrastructure projects, residential housing, road, rail and more…MSite has got you covered.

MSite’s Workforce and Supervisor apps are perfect for remote sites. The apps give site supervisors and operatives the power of MSite on a mobile phone, with both apps integrating into the wider MSite system. The MSite Supervisor App captures basic time & attendance data, GPS then tracks the punch location, confirming the transaction occurrence on site.

The MSite Supervisor App works offline, syncing transactions when a data signal is acquired. Perfect for lone worker monitoring, the MSite Supervisor App provides administrators with rich data insights at an individual level.

How does MSite perform contact tracing?

How does MSite perform contact tracing?

MSite’s Contact Tracing solutions keeps your sites open and operationally safe during the pandemic, by reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus on site.

MSite’s ‘track and trace’ type solution allows COVID-19 test results to be uploaded to the MSite system, the MSite Workforce App allows site supervisors to identify exactly who the COVID positive worker has been in close proximity to (and how long for) whilst on site. Identifying potential exposure events allows site teams to inform those individuals to self-isolate for 14 days.

Coupled with Social Distancing reporting, Contact Tracing drastically reduces the risk of the virus spreading, minimises disruption to site operations and keeps the majority of the on-site workforce safe and operational.

What type of reports can I access through MSite?

What type of reports can I access through MSite?

MSite showcases powerful data insights into the workforce and site operations via detailed KPI reports and display dashboards. Reports and dashboards are fully customisable depending on your preference, with interactive user interface options for display dashboards.

A few examples of MSite Reports are:

  • Local labour
  • Supervisor ratio
  • Carbon emissions
  • Subcontractor KPI’s
  • Workers on site by trade, subcontractor and more
  • Inductions completed
  • Material deliveries

…and many more.

Get in touch with an MSite Account Manager by emailing: sales@msite.com or call 0333 456 2001 to learn more about MSite reporting.

What are Direct-to-Worker Notifications?

What are Direct-to-Worker Notifications?

The beauty of having the MSite Workforce App on every workers’ smartphone is that it enables a completely new way to communicate with the workforce, bridging the ‘communications void’ between principal contractors and the frontline construction workforce.  By allowing site teams and head office staff to send messages from the MSite system to the MSite Workforce App, it can deliver notifications to targeted groups of the workforce, or the entire workforce, in a matter of minutes.

Furthermore, it can mandate that workers must respond (selecting from multiple choice responses), and has the option to restrict access for those who have not responded, so they must acknowledge the message, thereby creating a digital footprint that they have read the message, and of their response. Messages can be scheduled in advance or sent instantly, providing strong and reliable construction site communications.

How does the contactless biometric access system work?

How does the contactless biometric access system work?

Instead of jumping on the facial recognition camera band wagon, the MSite Workforce App takes a fresh approach to contactless site entry. It uses the existing biometric capabilities of each site worker’s smartphone for proof of identity, which is linked to the worker’s MSite profile to verify their site credentials and permissions.

The software harnesses the £millions invested by smartphone companies in developing cutting edge, highly reliable biometric functionality; facial recognition and fingerprint tech that is so accurate and trusted that millions of people worldwide use it to verify online banking and contactless payments.

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MSite will enable you to benefit from our reliable, safety-enhancing workforce management tools and collect workforce data for the duration of the project.