Mobility with a purpose. That is a theme that continues to resonate for developers of construction technology. Coupling the features and functionality of the mobile device with standard practices and services typical to the homebuilding processes, these companies are delivering the next generation of field equipment.
One of the latest comes from AxisPointe, www.axispointe.com, Sandy, Utah, in the form of a Quality Controls program for residential and commercial contractors. The new system combines traditional third-forensic and quality assurance services with mobile technology built specifically for the iOS platform. Using Apple devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, builders are able to capture hundreds of quality assurance metrics using a library of high-risk checkpoints compiled by AxisPointe.
It comes as part of the company’s AxisPointe InSite Mobile platform. It is yet another platform that helps homebuilders establish a higher level of control over daily construction activities. In all, such tools help leverage the power of field workers in order to enhance productivity and provide more accountability for construction risk, safety, storm water pollution control, and daily business processes.
Stan Luhr, CEO, AxisPointe, points to the fact this will be the first time builders will have complete access to his company’s risk library of 4,000 risk checkpoints, as well as OSHA safety compliance and accessibility metrics. By working with checkpoints, builders have a quality metric that improves compliance and helps measure performance based on its use and duration to cure a reported deficiency.
This release from AxisPointe could be a very positive one for homebuilders—as well as commercial contractors—that are looking to establish a higher means of quality assurance on the job.
“Quality consultants visit jobsites randomly, and are present for just a short period of time,” says Luhr. “With our program, consultants still provide the same amount of contact time but we help builders manage their quality every day, capturing valuable information that would normally be missed between traditional third-party site visits.”
Safety and quality assurance continue to be two overriding trends for mobile technology in construction. As we continue to see the proliferation of mobile devices featuring a broad set of tools for capturing, recording, and transmitting such information, the usefulness of such applications should only accelerate.
For instance, being able to snap a high-definition photo, record the GPS location, and instantly communicate to other team members makes the connected mobile device highly efficient in the field. However, given the rate at which BYOD (bring your own device) is permeating construction, software providers need to ensure their mobile offerings continue to go cross platform.
Aside from Android and iOS, the Windows 8 platform could prove to be a highly useful one for builders and contractors. We continue to see new devices coming to market that leverage Windows 8. Could such devices find a bigger foothold in construction? Whether that proves to be the case of not, software providers will need to continue to expand their offerings beyond Android and iOS.