The use of technology to organize and improve collaboration on projects is changing the way we work in construction. Tight construction timelines, and the communication challenges that exist with a mobile workforce have made the use of punch list specific software common on-site. Punch list software helps with team collaboration, organization and also allows companies to collect key project performance metrics.
Punch List Software Collaboration
One of the main benefits of using punch list software on a project is improved team collaboration. For example, the commenting feature available in most punch list software allows for detailed communication on specific items, no matter if the users are on or off-site at the time. In addition, using software that is connected to the internet means that multiple laborers from the same company can work off of the same list without worrying about duplicating their effort– when one person marks complete, that work gets updated on everyone’s device.
The use of construction punch list software also helps teams stay organized. Punch list software assists Project Managers, Site Superintendents, and Subcontractors remain organized by providing a platform to manage the entire punch list process – keeping critical information out of email and Excel.
The improved organization that comes from a system that updates immediately as soon as a someone finishes their work, a comment is made, or a new list of deficiencies is added means that General Contractor team is able to work on the go, while still keeping everything organized in one central location. Typically this information would be scattered throughout various emails, versioned Excel documents and a slew of unrecorded phone calls.
Project and Performance Metrics
Finally, the metrics that punch list software can track are extremely valuable both throughout a project and when comparing projects against each other. For example, in Closeout a date and time stamp is recorded whenever a subcontractor marks their work as complete, and also when the General Contractor approves the work. This action alone makes it possible to pull reports that demonstrate which subcontractors are historically faster at completing their punch list items. Information like this is valuable during a project to know which subcontractors need more attention, and after a project to know which subcontractors are ideal to work with on future jobs.