The duration of large commercial projects ranges between several months to several years. With such lengthy projects, the perspective on work progress varies between progressing at either a snail’s pace or fast and furious. However, that is exactly where construction daily logs come to play. Construction daily log software enables the foreman to complete daily reports quickly. This article details why more and more construction companies are adopting construction daily log software.
Detailed and Accurate Daily Reports
When completing a daily report on paper is the last thing a foreman does at the end of the day, what do you think the chances are that the information is accurate? LOW. What if they are not diligent about completing logs on a daily basis and reports remain as an end of week task? LOWER.
The benefit that software provides is in the ability for the foreman to capture more detailed information. Daily log software that can be completed from a mobile device makes capturing items throughout the day easy. The foreman can pull out their smartphone and start taking pictures. Photos can be attached to provide visual documentation of issues or progress. Writing or typing can be a tedious activity for a busy foreman. So, the talk-to-text features available on mobile devices allow foreman to capture more detail into their daily log software.
Brian Mitchell, Foreman for Rowan Electric, uses construction daily log software on his projects. He says, “Throughout the day I’m taking pictures of jobsite activity and adding comments and I’m attaching those pictures to my daily reports. The detail of my daily reports is much better than it used to be.”
This is one of the major reasons why any construction company should use construction daily log software. No one wants to file or receive a claim for payment or engage in litigation. Unfortunately, these stories in Florida, Oregon and California highlight that payment disputes are part of the norm. In addition, it does not happen only on large projects. Every contractor knows of a colleague that has either filed or received a payment dispute claim. Rather than engage in the battle of “he said” versus “he said,” daily logs provide critical supporting documentation.
Mark Rowan, Vice President of Rowan Electric, shares how daily report software helped him avoid claims, “Change Orders were out of control on a large, fast-paced project. Our team worked double shifts in order to meet the owner’s aggressive deadline. However, once we completed the project, the owner did not believe that we worked the hours that we had. With all of the daily reporting that we completed with eSUB, we were able to go back and prove that we indeed worked the hours claimed. Not only were we able to prove that we worked the hours, we provided documentation for all of the people on the job and the change orders that were approved in the field. On such a fast-paced job, these reports were critical. We were able to get paid and it was a large amount.”
Field and Office Collaboration
Construction daily log software stops busy foreman from receiving the nagging question, “So what did you do today?” Daily logs document the activity that occurred at the jobsite – amount of materials used, labor hours worked, equipment used. Through cloud-based software, that information is instantly available to the office team members. Project managers remain updated on jobsite activities and take action as needed. This collaboration connects all project stakeholders informed and productive to move projects forward.
“eSUB is where our foremen capture information in the field (from daily reports to parking fees), and I can grab it all to process payments and paperwork quickly,” says Kim DeMeo, Project Coordinator for Any Temp.
Daily reports can take a cue from an old adage, “If you want to feel like a million bucks, you need to look like a million bucks.” With the accessibility of mobile devices and availability of construction daily log software, using paper for your daily reports signals that your construction company is behind the times. In many large commercial and public projects, general contractors require daily reports. This helps them track progress and communicate to the project owner. How do you think your company will look if you submit handwritten daily reports on paper among a slew of other subcontractors who complete theirs digitally?
Kevin James, project manager at AAA Fire Protection shares his story of using daily log software on a major high-profile project. “When I sent over my daily report, a fellow contractor called me and asked, ‘Where did you get this daily report?’ I said this is eSUB. We utilize eSUB to complete our daily reports, which allows us to attach pictures and documents any lost hours. The fellow contractor was thoroughly impressed.”
Construction companies that want to invest into long-term growth and viability of their business invest in construction daily log software with these “must haves” features. Construction daily log software delivers detailed jobsite information to connect all your project team members. Information and documentation that is critical to avoid claims. With this investment into your operations, the professionalism of your documentation improves your relationship with all your vendors and clients.