For construction companies that service the oil and gas industry, mobility is key. Teams are always moving from one project to the next, and being able to keep track of resources is critical to project success. In the past, contractors may have used spreadsheets to manage the workload, but these days software can help more accurately track labor, equipment, and materials.
This week, HomeFront Software, www.homefront-software.com, Calgary, Alta., launched a new cloud-based product specifically geared for labor, equipment, and material tracking. The company is planning to showcase the technology at the upcoming Global Petroleum Show in June.
The new product, called Field 2 Office, allows oil and gas construction companies to record and report crew hours, equipment used, and material costs via laptops, tablets, and mobile devices at the jobsite. Some key functionality includes realtime field reporting, safety management and incident tracking, and equipment costing.
With a big focus on safety in construction, many technology providers are introducing or enhancing safety functionality in software. The safety and incident tracking portion of the software is vital for the oil and gas industry.
In general, Field 2 Office will allow contractors in this segment of the construction industry to remain mobile while still collecting critical information from the jobsite such as labor and equipment details. The data can then be imported directly to accounting software in the backoffice.
Daryl Shenner, CEO with HomeFront Software, asks, “What good is field resource and project-tracking software if you have to manually re-enter all the data into your accounting system when you get back to the office? With Field 2 Office, one click transfers the data into your payroll, accounting, and job costing software.”
Field 2 Office will integrate with applications from Sage CRE, www.sagecre.com, Beaverton, Ore., such as Sage 300—formely Sage Timberline Office—and Sage 50 Canadian Edition—formerly Sage Simply Accounting. It will also integrate with QuickBooks from Intuit, www.intuit.com, Mountain View, Calif.
For contractors working on oil and gas projects, being able to keep track of hours, equipment, and materials and then integrate into accounting software is going to heighten accuracy and efficiencies in the field. Today’s construction project requires this level of detail, and software providers are coming to market with solutions to meet the industry’s needs.