Today I’m proud to announce that we’ve launched 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 believe the site stands on its 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.
Think about it – the way we handle RFIs and submittals is based on the days of fax machines, carbon copies, and package couriers. It’s called a “punch list” because we walk around making a list, reorganizing it, distributing it…waiting…arguing about the list…and then making a new list!
Making these same processes digital will not – cannot – fundamentally improve our industry. We can do better – we need to look at the goals and the purpose of these legacy processes, and strive to accomplish them more efficiently, more quickly, and more cost effectively.
What is the common thread? Tracking responsibility for everything that needs to get done, knowing what is happening at every given moment, and having a reliable record of everything that already has happened. If we keep these goals in mind, we can find a more intuitive way to achieve them, making our work easier and more productive.
That’s where Fieldlens comes in. Fieldlens is in part a simple communication tool – making it easy for project teams to document important information, include pictures and video, and to easily find and track all the moving parts of every project.
That simple communication, however, is actually capturing every conversation, decision, assignment and agreement that happens from pre-construction through owner turnover. That information is timestamped, searchable, and eternal.
But it’s not just about capturing all of that communication – it’s about the project intelligence within that communication and what can be done with that intelligence. Fieldlens gives you the tool to see within those conversations, decisions, assignments and agreements that are getting the project built, and we show you where problems are popping up, who is performing and what your project’s health really looks like.
Why is Fieldlens better?
Fieldlens encourages your team to walk and post small bits of information throughout the day – documenting stuff that’s broken with a quick picture from their mobile device, a simple progress observation in seconds, a safety hazard in the making – whatever they deem worthy of documenting. Walk and post. Walk and post.
This means four major changes for your field teams:
- They spend less time spent filling out forms and more time doing the work they’re best at.
- Their documentation is more thorough as it’s manageable enough to do throughout the day.
- The process for everything they enter is exactly the same – whether it’s information that’ll go into a punch list, daily, QA walk, whatever.
- Their posts are automatically prioritized – giving them a focused action list every day.
And it means three major changes for your team back at the office:
- Since you have more – and more frequent – posts throughout the day, it gets you closer to being on the jobsite than ever before. Good for you and for any other offsite stakeholders you need to loop in.
- You’ll get an ever expanding set of project data that will enable you to spot trends on the project before they become problems.
- Need a specific view or report right now? No more waiting for someone to rifle through notes, emails or make a phone call. You have a searchable, filterable, visually impressive guide to everything that happened and everything that’s shaping up to happen on the job right from your desktop or mobile device. This is the info you need now and a better audit trail should you need it down the line.
Welcome to something different. Something better. Welcome to Fieldlens.