Contruction Today - July/August 2017 - 31
Begins with Bidding
PASKR software helps eliminate
disputes and rework, saving
project managers time.
PASKR So ware
* Headquarters: Nashville, Tenn.
* Employees: 10
* Specia y: Construction/project
management o ware
"Operational oversight is what
we are eally providing."
- Pat Whelan, founder and CEO
of communicating. "I know for us, the big
hurdle is explaining to project managers
that going forward, construction management software will be the most useful tool,
"Whelan explains. "Operational oversight is
what we are really providing."
Importantly, Whelan does not view
PASKR as a vendor-to-contractor tool, but
more as a digital assistant that can take
some of the more mundane tasks of project
management and, similar to robotics in
manufacturing, make them more standardized and repeatable. "If you can standardize
it, you can automate it," Whelan says. "The
nice thing about the digital assistant is it
doesn't take breaks."
Fortunately for Whelan and PASKR, there
has also been a movement in the construction industry that dovetails with what
the software provides: the advent of lean
construction methods. The term "lean construction" refers to the entire industry, and
not just the phase where construction takes
place - a distinction not lost on Whelan.
"The entire lean process begins with bidding," Whelan explains. "While most general contractors accept that lean practices
need to be implemented on-site, ultimately
what PASKR software does is introduce lean
practices to the office as well."
When Whelan introduces his software to
general contractors, the first thing he does
is convey to them that the entire project
begins with their bid. Though that message
seems insignificant at first, Whelan notes
the bid process is where the entire project
starts and where his software has an intuitive feel to manage the project back to the
original bid documents.
"From there, the workflow should naturally unfold," Whelan says. "Once you have
that strong foundational piece [the bid],
the project should move forward with very
little human intervention, which helps with
errors and omissions."
The concept is that once an owner's
proposal and bid are locked into place,
then anything that comes after that in the
process is less likely to create an error or
omission. In essence, it removes disputes,
which is a huge factor in wasting general
Once the proposal and bid are established, Whelan notes that what comes next
is basically operational oversight. The cost
savings here are significant, when one
considers how typical project managers
spend their time. "If they spend a third of
their time either managing paperwork
or settling disputes," Whelan says, "then
they have less time to manage resources or
"You realize very quickly that extra
time is what gets you more work," Whelan
continues. "It's all about the quality of the
day and time spent. Oversight is where you
eliminate the noise." Whelan estimates that
at least a third of a project manager's time is
spent on disputes or additional rework.
For Owners, Too
Though the software is designed for project
managers, Whelan emphasizes that it is
meant for owners as well. "As an owner, I
actually want to log on and see the process,"
Whelan says. "Ideally, I want to be able to
sign documents electronically on a certain
date and time."
Whelan adds that with today's technology owners can log in to view webcams that
are set up on-site to view progress. PASKR's
construction management software tech-
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