Construction projects have the potential to be massive, complex undertakings. This is especially true when the project involves commercial property or other large-scale operations. Between the number of people involved and the scale of work being performed, there are a lot details and moving parts to keep track of.
For example, construction defects are details that need to be monitored and tracked throughout a project. Failure to note and address a defect can lead to serious problems with the property and the cost of completing a project. Thankfully, there are a number of tools available, including various apps, that should make defect tracking easier.
Sadly, these tools don't always work.
As noted in this article on technological defect management tools, digital resources can be very helpful in providing clarity and direction regarding defects. However, several limitations can make these ineffective or problematic. These limitations include:
- Difficulties understanding or navigating the technology
- Inability to sync defect lists across devices or platforms
- Tedious logging requirements
- Lack of mobile or tablet applications
These limitations keep digital defect tracking from being more effective and efficient, which means construction defects can persist and get overlooked during a massive construction project.
There is also the issue of construction defects that are already in place but have yet to be discovered. Properties built years ago could contain defects that have yet to fail or break down.
Whether construction defects are discovered during a project or years after completion, it is crucial that they be properly addressed and mitigated. Failure to do so can be grounds for a legal complaint and requests for significant compensation.
Property owners should be able to expect that their property will be safe and secure. If it is not, due to defects in the design, workmanship or materials, then property owners have the right to hold the appropriate party accountable. If you have any questions or concerns about defect management, repair or other problems stemming from substandard materials or work, then it can be wise to consult an attorney familiar with construction defect claims and damages.