“It was really complicated and really congested.”
That’s how Tom Moriarty, a project engineer at Barton Malow, describes the in-wall and above-ceiling areas on his last project. The project is a 428, 000 square-foot health sciences facility at the University of Maryland Baltimore.
The building is filled with medical labs, requiring a variety of gas and ventilation systems in the walls and ceilings. To ensure safety and quality, the University worked with Moriarty’s team to conduct multiple in-wall and above-ceiling inspections. His team used construction software solution Bridgit Tasks to facilitate the inspections and keep tabs on the issues uncovered.
Simplify inspections with software
“We were responsible for prepping the spaces for inspection,” says Moriarty.“ So before the University’s inspectors came in, we’d walk area by area, floor by floor to do our own in-wall and above-ceiling inspections with Bridgit.” Using the software on phones and tablets, Moriarty and his team were able to log issues quickly and assign them to subcontractors right away.
With Bridgit’s quick workflow and clear tracking abilities, Barton Malow could ensure issues were being addressed for the University’s two inspectors. “After doing our own inspection, we would do one to two rounds with the inspectors, also using Bridgit.”
The team followed this inspection workflow through construction, logging and assigning inspection items with the Bridgit app. Subcontractors received regular emails that summarized new and incomplete tasks with basic information, like location, descriptions, and marked-up photos.
“The photo markup is really helpful, especially for the above-ceiling and in-wall inspections,” explains Moriarty. “I’m on the ground, looking up at a ceiling that’s 8 feet high, with a ton of stuff in there. To be able to circle something or crop the photo or put a direction on it—that’s huge. Because it was a mess up there.” In the end, the photo markups saved time for the subcontractors, who received a clearer picture of the issue. Plus, these photos helped Moriarty create more informative reports. By adding an arrow, circle, or text onto a messy looking photo, everyone viewing his reports could better understand the inspection items at hand.
Working together for quality
After inspections were completed for the project, the team continued to use Bridgit Field to manage their punch list. Again, they collaborated with the University to log tasks in the software. “Fifty percent of the items are created by us,” says Moriarty. “The other 50% are created by the architect and owner during their walkthroughs.” Representatives from the University assign punch items to the Barton Malow team, who review the list and then assign to the appropriate subcontractor. The workflow allows all parties to ensure the best quality of work on site.
“We got accounts created for the University and lent them iPads they could use in the field. It’s hard to schedule everyone at once for a walkthrough, so it works a lot better to give them the freedom to log items as they see fit.” The University would be given a window of time—usually about a week—to walk a particular floor and log the items they find. With this schedule, Barton Malow could keep a consistent flow of work, moving floor-by-floor throughout the building.
Simple features save time on the construction site
In the end, Moriarty says he saved time while logging items on site: “Inputting the information while you’re in the field, right there, that was the biggest timesaver for me.”
What makes the software so efficient at logging issues and tasks? For Moriarty, the answer lies in the app’s simplicity. “Bridgit focuses on all the most central information. You require three key pieces of information.”
When logging a new item in the app, Bridgit Field requires three pieces of information:
Users also have the option to add a marked-up photo, a blueprint, and a variety of other information. By adding more information, like tags, users can control how they filter the information and organize their reports. However, it’s up to the user what information they want to include. “It’s very bare bones, if you want it to be. It’s up to us to take and add extra information and do whatever we’d like with it,” says Moriarty. “It makes walkthroughs and collection easy. Any other program we could have used there were two or three extra steps in that process.”
Lauren Lake is the COO and co-founder at Bridgit. She holds a degree in Civil Structural Engineering and is well-versed in construction workforce management and resource planning processes. Lauren has been named to the Forbes Manufacturing & Industry 30 Under 30 and Best Of Canada Forbes Under 30 Innovators lists. Lauren has presented at industry events and conferences, including BuiltWorlds, Canadian Construction Association, Procore Groundbreak, and more. Follow Lauren on LinkedIn and Instagram.
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