Fieldwire: Facilitating Effective Field Collaboration
Real-time communication plays a vital role in today’s construction industry where professionals leverage technology in order to achieve their project objectives. However, many a times, the construction workforce utilizes traditional methods like spreadsheets to view plans, track issues, and manage tasks. Relieving the professionals from following redundant and tedious processes, the CA-based Fieldwire offers mobile-first collaboration platform and application that allows field workers to access up-to-date information like blueprints, files, and tasks directly on their mobile devices. “We are instituting a culture of open communication through our robust construction platform,” says Yves Frinault, Co-founder and CEO, Fieldwire.
As a comprehensive construction management platform, Fieldwire supports field staff, including construction foremen, superintendents and engineers, in automating the plan views, versions, issue tracking, task management, and scheduling. On the top of it, users can create tasks, add comments, photos, and annotations in order to support end-to-end needs of construction workers. These tasks can be performed both online and offline to allow users to continue working even in cases when there is little or no network connectivity. The benefits of the application seem noticeable in the current scenario where most of today’s construction professionals have smartphones with them, at all the times. Having said that, the application phenomenally makes it easy to keep the team updated on latest information, infuse efficiency, and speed-up the project timelines.
Fieldwire’s application, Blueprint makes it easy for the users in the field to view, edit, and share the drawings. The app can also import and manage large quantities of blueprints such as multipage PDFs to display them instantly on mobile devices with high resolution. The other prominent features of the app include automatic sheet hyper-linking, sheet version controls, and markups additions to present a complete range of interactive construction archive. In addition, the blueprint app is flexible on both large and small screens including iPhones, iPads, and Android phones.
We are instituting a culture of open communication through our robust construction platform
The company’s pledge to revolutionize the construction space has additionally capacitated them to include scheduling, priority management, and on-site labor administration into its nexus of services. Providing an intuitive way to manage projects, the Fieldwire brings structure and clarity to construction while beating the speed of paper, Excel, and Outlook combined. “Depending on the size and phase of project, the construction teams can use Fieldwire to switch between due-date and priority systems, run meetings visually, and also attain an edge over tracking the work on a daily basis,” says Frinault.
To top it all, the Fieldwire’s punch list app streamlines the construction closeout process by providing the tools to plan efficient walkthroughs. The tool allows users to create task templates with attached checklists and duplicate them across locations that need a QA or QC review. “Once on-site, teams can complete the walkthroughs faster and make sure that nothing gets forgotten,” points-out Frinault.
Shimizu Corporation, a civil engineering firm, once relied on the expertise of Fieldwire to duly track their daily activities, manage critical information and streamline the collaboration between teams in the field and at the office. “Our impressive growth and achievements are resultant of our deep focus on innovation,” expresses Frinault. Embedding such innovation into its DNA, the vested group will continue to lead the construction landscape through 2016 and beyond.