Last month I started a series about the five workflows that apps and mobile devices help streamline for construction professionals. This month I will expand that list to include a few other workflows that are becoming more and more important in the field such as punch list generation, updating a master schedule and view a BIM model.

A quick review of the first five workflows That I explored are…

1. Plans (sharing, viewing, and marking up):

2. Safety (inspections, tool box talks, accident reports):

3. Photos (progress, safety, and RFI’s):

4. Daily Reports (manpower, delays, and deliveries):

5. Time Entry (employee hours and equipment hours):

This month I will begin to explore ehe second half of the Ten Workflows for Apps on Construction Projects. The second half of the top 10 are…

6. Scheduling (Creating, Distributing and Updating):

This workflow is generally started in the office and sent out to the filed. The difficult part of maintaining a schedule is getting real time accurate updates from the field. Apps on mobile devices have created an opportunity to do this. It is now possible for a Project Manager to create a project schedule and share it with the Superintendent in the field.

7. RFI (Creating, Distributing and Updating):

This workflow is generally started in the field and sent out to the offie to be processed. 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 call a Project Manager in the office, the Superintendent can now generate a RFI and send it into the office with decent details attached. A 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.

8. Punch List(Creating, Distributing and Updating):

This workflow is generally started in the field and sent out to the offie to be processed. The process of creating and managing a “Punch List” that accurately describes the items that need to be corrected can be challenging. Today instead of a Superintendent in the field writing down items on a sheet of paper and taping them to a door, or a field administrator compiling a Excel spreadsheet and sending out to the team via email, or a Superintendent sending out hundreds of individual emails apps allows for field staff to easily document, share and manage large and complex punch list on mobile devices.

9. BIM (Creation, Collaboration and Distribution):

Many construction firms have adopted the use of of the BIM platform to work with design teams on the layout of MEP systems, structural elements and to visualize interior space. This workflow is primarily completed on desktops or laptops. Taking a lap top out into the field to view a BIM model is not very practical. However, it is very easy to take an iPad out into the field and view a model through an app. BIM apps allow users to stand in a room and see what will behind walls and work out clash detection items prior to installation.

10. Close Out (Collection, Distribution and Archival):

This workflow is generally started in the field and sent to the offie to be distributed to the project team. In order to complete a project, Construction firms must compile and distribute the project documents. It can be a daunting task to stay on top of hundreds and thousands of items. The new world of apps allow Project Managers to generate and distribute project punch list from mobile devices.

Over the next few weeks I will provide more details about how apps can improve these workflows for construction projects.