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Telling the Fieldlens Story

Today I’m proud to announce that we’ve pushed up our new official website! We spent the past few months thinking about how to best tell our story and convey what we believe the construction industry needs. While we think the site stands on it’s own, I thought it would be helpful to explain in a bit more detail how we think about construction technology and where we fit in.

Construction software has come a long way over the past few years. We’ve seen some terrific new applications have a real impact on the way we work. But much of what we’ve seen has been simply the digitizing of our existing workflows – taking the same old processes and putting them on a tablet or phone.

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No More Middle Man.

“It scratches everyone where they itch.” – Perry

Perry was drowning out there. The fact that they were building an ark did not help.

Interestingly enough, doors were the things that gave Perry his first “ah-ha” moment with Fieldlens. They were using multiple vendors to supply the various parts to the different teams doing the installations – poor coordination between the vendors and the teams was leading to delays.

Perry got a look at how Fieldlens could streamline the process and said simply, “Now this thing is awesome.” He started using a single post to communicate with all the vendors together, and have them start talking to each other. No more middle man. From that moment of realization Perry and Answers in Genesis have been expanding their Fieldlens usage to cut out the middle guys all over their project.

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New Tricks

Fieldlens user Jerry McClung is the head superintendent on senior living facility project in Tampa. At age 60, he admits to sometimes feeling “left in the dust” when it comes to new technology. But while grasping the digital world can be a challenge for Jerry, he sees the benefit it can provide when utilized properly and was happy to talk to us about his success with Fieldlens.

Before using Fieldlens Jerry was putting together a hand written daily report at the end of each day. After a long day putting out fires, managing contractors, and walking the job site for hours each day, these reports were of necessity abbreviated versions of what actually occurred. It was a long, aggravating process at the end of an exhausting day to regurgitate everything that happened, add pictures, input the head counts and format the report before sharing it with his project team.

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Get project notifications your way

You’ve asked for easier to set, more customizable project notifications. You’ve asked for more relevant, easier to read emails with more post details. We’ve been listening. We’ve rebuilt notifications from the ground up to bring you a better way to stay on top of your projects.

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What you need to know: 

As of this morning, you will start seeing new immediate and daily project update emails along with a new way to control your notification settings.

If you had the opportunity to explore the new options and get your notifications preferences set just the way you like them, you’ll only receive notifications matching those settings from here on out. If you didn’t make any changes, that’s OK too – we’ve applied our recommended settings for now, and you can make changes any time.

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How Wohlsen Construction Employees Save 9 Weeks of Work

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Wohlsen Construction is an award-winning Mid-Atlantic construction company with 125 years of experience providing services ranging from preconstruction and construction project management, to design-build construction and post-construction services.

Fieldlens saves Wohlsen employees 9 weeks of work per year

Wohlsen Construction employs 375 total workers between field and office. Like most companies, they were using a variety of channels to coordinate their operations including email, phone calls, texts, paper lists, spreadsheets, end-of-day reports and traditional project management software.

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How Lott Brothers Construction Saves 2.5 Hrs/Day

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Lack of access to information wastes hours each day

Lott Brothers President Wayne Lott and Project Engineer Pete Rogers told us that their field teams had a problem: they were wasting tons of time whenever a question came up that required a trip back to the trailer – whether it was related to a submittal, RFI, contract or any other issue.

They estimated that on a typical job the project engineer, manager and super would have to stop what they were doing at least 5 times a day to head back to home base, dig for information and get it back out to the jobsite. Each trip ate up to 30 minutes – more if something else came up. All told, the crew was losing over 2 hours each day by not having information close at hand.

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Fieldlens Helps PSW Real Estate Finish Jobs 25% Faster

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PSW Real Estate is an urban infill home builder and general contractor building in cities that benefit from reduced urban sprawl. Their goal is to refocus population density closer to a city’s urban core by building where people want and need to spend their time.

Project Schedule: Fieldlens Gets the Job Done 25% Faster

PSW’s Land Development Manager Dan Illescas and his team recently completed construction on a 35-home project in a detached condo community in Austin. The schedule was intense, with a new house starting every week and each one scheduled from frame start to substantial completion in 4 months.

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Introducing The New Fieldlens

I’m so excited to share with you what we’ve been working on for the last several months at Fieldlens. Our goal has always been to provide an easy to use tool that helps people in the field communicate more effectively, work with less frustration, and get more done.

What we’ve found along the way is that Fieldlens is not just a better way to communicate, it’s a better way to work.

The fact is, a lot of the way our industry gets things done is carried over from the days of carbon copies, fax machines and file cabinets. RFIs, daily reporting, punch list, etc – why do these processes feel the way they did 30 years ago? Sure – you’re using a computer and probably a tablet or smartphone – but is just taking those old processes and replicating them on a phone real progress? We don’t think it is.

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Simon Construction Saves 520 Hours Per Project With Fieldlens

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Simon Construction is a national building envelope construction and construction management business that performs a wide range of projects, including complex roofing and warranty work on both commercial and residential properties. They’ve earned a reputation for quality construction services at fair, competitive prices by prioritizing customer service and attention to detail.

How they use Fieldlens

For their initial rollout of Fieldlens Simon Construction has assigned one foreman per site to be responsible for photo documentation. Using Fieldlens for this purpose has given them faster, more accurate information and is saving each foreman at least 5 hours/week by eliminating tedious, end-of-day organization work.  

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Handle Your Next “Oh Shit…” Moment On The Jobsite

You know the feeling: Your crew is working hard, interruptions are minimal, and the project’s tracking well – it’s a good day. Then you get an urgent email or phone call about a screw-up, or you make the discovery yourself. It’s bad. Even worse? This one’s on you.

You’ve got an “Oh shit” moment you need to put in reverse, and fast.

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As they say, “Shit happens” –  especially on construction projects (doesn’t matter how big or small).  But when it’s your mistake, simply chalking it up to bad timing or a fluke accident won’t cut it. (Think for a second about what runs through your head when someone tries this one on you.)

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