Managing subcontractors is no easy task. See how McKay-Cocker uses jobsite data to hold subcontractors accountable.
According to JBKnowledge, construction professionals are collecting their data the old-fashioned way: with manual processes (38.4%) and spreadsheets (25%). Only 21.6% of construction professionals said they use a software or mobile products to collect field data.
Those numbers hit us hard. Not because Bridgit is a construction software provider, but because we know how valuable software can be for data collection.
Here’s the hard truth:
For everything you do on site, there is data. Your construction software should make it easy to collect, analyze, and learn from that information.
But not all software is created equal. The best solutions recognize which data is already being collected with their platform, which insights would be most useful, and which tools you need to understand it. It’s the only way jobsites can get real value out of their information, without spending all that time on manual processes.
Data keeps the work flowing
You might think data is meant to help with big-picture insights: which suppliers to hire, estimates for your next bid, or creating an overall schedule. And you’re right. But Adam Latta, a Site Superintendent at McKay-Cocker Construction Ltd., uses data to keep the work flowing on site every single day.
When they’re walking the site, Latta’s team uses Bridgit Closeout to track every issue they see: “If you see an issue, you don’t walk past it. You track it, so that everything is logged into the system.”
Because his team logs every issue they find, Latta has a flood of data to pull from, and that keeps his project moving. He uses Bridgit’s reporting features to show the progress, bottlenecks, and quality of work made by his subcontractors. He creates reports with this data, and uses them to keep everyone accountable. All he has to do is export a report from Bridgit, and bring it to his weekly meetings.
“Exporting that report is very easy,” he explains. “We can see which subcontractors have tasks, how many, and how long they’ve been outstanding. We can see if those outstanding tasks have been affecting other subcontractors, and the report backs us up if we need to take action.”
Latta shares the report at his weekly meetings with subcontractors. He says that it helps hold them accountable on their list of tasks. “I just print that report and put it on the table for all the subcontractors to see. Nobody wants to be the guy with overdue work.”
Reviewing quality of work
Subcontractor reports help to keep Latta’s jobsite rolling, but they provide even bigger insights later on. Latta used Bridgit during his previous project, and the data he collected there gave McKay-Cocker an accurate picture of the quality of work that was done. “At the end of the project, we did a full summary of all our subcontractors to find which ones are valuable assets on site. You can really monitor a subcontractor’s quality, how much they care, from the data collected in Bridgit.” That summary will help McKay-Cocker make better decisions about which subcontractors they should hire for future projects in the area. All it took was a little data and the right software solution.
Data collection and analysis is just one of the factors you should look for in construction software. To see what else you should consider, download our eBook, and learn how to select the best software for your projects.