Construction Today - November 2017 - 80
Commercial | PLANGRID
By helping to put field operations first,
PlanGrid has been adopted by general
contractors in 72 countries.
PLANGRID'S FIELD-FOCUSED PLATFORM SAVES TIME AND REDUCES REWORK. BY TIM O'CONNOR
ost is a concern on any project, but
when public money is involved
there's an even higher level of
scrutiny. It's one of the reasons
why Caltrans, the agency charged with
managing California's highway systems,
mandated that general contractor Granite Construction provide tablets to field
workers during the realignment of SR-99 in
Fresno, Calif. The $225 million project will
make way for the construction of a highspeed rail line between San Francisco and
Requiring the use of tablets on the job
site was largely a time-saving measure.
Even on a building project, where construction activity is usually contained to a oneblock radius, supervisors waste much time
traveling between different points to update
subcontractors and issue revised blueprints.
The travel time issue multiplies when
dealing with a project that spans nearly
four miles of road. By using tablets, Granite
can issue new blueprints and keep in touch
with subcontractors without needed to
leave the field office.
But Granite still needed a platform to
facilitate that communication, and found
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the perfect solution in PlanGrid. Unlike
other digital construction management
systems, PlanGrid was built to be mobile-first - launching initially on iPads and
iPhones before adding Android, PC and web
versions - making it an ideal platform for
field supervisors and workers that need to
be able to access construction documents
from any location.
Using PlanGrid, Granite's supervisors
and contractors can easily collaborate and
review blueprints, spec sheets, job photos,
field reports and punch lists. It's estimated
that PlanGrid has saved every user five
hours per week since the project began. "We
sped up the process of sharing all kinds of
information on this project," PlanGrid CTO
and co-founder Ralph Gootee says.
Not only was the sharing of information
made easier, but that information was more
accurate and helped the team avoid rework.
Anytime a person uploads a new blueprint
or makes an annotation on a document,
that change is updated in the system and
made available to all users, ensuring that
everyone is working off the latest construction plans. It's a feature that enabled Granite
to prevent costly mistakes.
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"We eally focus on e field
and making ure e field
superintendent has e ight information at his or her fingertips." - Ralph Gootee, co-founder and CTO
"PlanGrid helped me catch what would
have been a $30,000 to $40,000 mistake,"
Lead Project Engineer Randy Lucchesi says.
"I saw an area of the roadway that wasn't
graded properly and when the foreman -
who wasn't using PlanGrid - pulled out his
paper plans, I quickly opened up PlanGrid
to show him the revision. They were able to
fix it before it became an issue."
Gootee says those kinds of stories have
become common among PlanGrid in the
five years since the platform launched. "It's
hard to understand how much communication errors around people not having the