A few months back I began the second half of my Ten Workflows list for construction. The seventh workflow for apps on mobile devices is the generation of an Request for Information or RFI  for short. The new world of apps allows users to create, distribute and updating a RFI from the project site. on a mobile device.

The RFI workflow is generally started in the field by a Superintendent and sent into to the offie to be processed by the Project Manger. The process of creating a RFI (Request For Information) that accurately describes the field condition can be challenging. Apps on mobile devices have made this task easier to accomplish. Instead of a Superintendent in the field calling a Project Manager in the office, the Superintendent can now generate a RFI and send it into the office with the relevant details attached. At a basic level, a staff member in the field can take a few pictures, attach them to an email, provide a few details such as specification page, sheet number, or dimensions.

There several established platforms for generating, distributing and managing RFI’s in the desktop environment. There are pros and cons to office generated workflows using desktop based software. The pros are more control of the process, single point of entry and integration with other systems such as accounting. The cons are a delay in the time of reporting, lack of collaborative natures, and difficulty in attaching items such as photos. A few of the leading platforms include:

Newforma:

Primavera:

SAGE:

Viewpoint

In today’s world of rapid pace projects apps on mobile devices allow for the generation of  RFI’s in the field can tremendously speed up the time to answer a question in the process. There are several new options mobile based platforms:

BIM360 Field:

BlueBeam:

FieldLens:

Fieldwire:

PlanGrid:

ProCore:

What platform are you using to manage your RFI’s? Why does it work well for you? Please leave a comment…