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Your App or Mine?

Process Efficiency Challenges in Construction

By Marcel Broekmaat, Market Manager of Trimble’s GC/CM Division

The prevalence of software applications for mobile devices, aka apps, has created an information technology challenge similar to the all-too-familiar phenomenon of losing your keys. They are probably in one of the usual places, but you can’t remember which one. The proliferation of apps and file sharing platforms has changed the way we think about project information. Thanks to the increased emphasis on problem-solving and task automation, simple apps make it possible for everyone to create and access digital information. The issue is that every project has many simple apps used by many different stakeholders. As a result, the data you need to solve a specific issue might be hard to find. At Trimble, we call this the IT paradox—a time when simplicity competes with traceability. While project managers often prefer comprehensive systems that hold all project data, the expansive feature-sets of some of these systems limit their adoption across multiple stakeholders who use and create project data. Before apps, there was a drawing cabinet in the trailer where you stored the most up-to-date project information. To avoid errors, older versions of drawings were removed from the current set. Yesterday, “text messages” didn’t get lost. They were delivered as sticky notes on the drawings. Trimble has recently released ProjectSight, a project management solution that puts a 21st century version of the drawing cabinet back at the center of project management in the field. ProjectSight includes built-in support for building information models and 2D plans. Within it, sticky notes are back, serving as digital annotations directly linked to data that needs to be tracked, making it easy for everyone to use and contribute to a single system for project management. With Trimble ProjectSight, it’s easy to manage your jobsite workflows and track activities for more informed decision making and improved collaboration.

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