In responding to an internal request to streamline preconstruction operations, the IT group at Rosendin Electric hatched an in-house application to enable a more efficient means of procuring materials and reserving equipment and tools for construction jobs. The manual process that was being used to obtain materials—which might be in the form of conduit, wire, fixtures, or other components—or to arrange for necessary equipment such as forklifts or wire pullers, was paper based and exceptionally slow, according to the company.
By deciding to build the application in-house, Rosendin was able to transition its development team into a new set of skills required to design and develop mobile applications instead of vying for new talent or having to go through a major realignment of its IT development group.
The result of these in-house development efforts was a new app that facilitated a fresh approach to the materials and equipment-ordering process. Using the new system, along with technology from Autodesk, the foreman is able to fill out the pre-construction planning form online in the field using an iPad. Requirements can then be routed directly to the superintendent to get approval.
Look to the March/April 2015 issue of Constructech magazine for a more in-depth look at how Rosendin Electric developed an in-house application to enable a more efficient means of procuring materials and reserving equipment and tools for construction jobs.
Technology Enabler: Autodesk Inc.
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