In early 2013, we started to explore Cloud based Project Management software. Our goal was to improve the collaboration and communication between our project team including Project Managers, Superintendents, Architects, Engineers, Owners and Subcontractors. We had an effective system in place that was mostly Excel based, but saw room for improvement. In order to communicate effectively with the entire project team, most importantly our PM and Supers, we chose Procore.
Procore has given us the ability to manage all project related information from a single location that is easily and quickly accessible in the cloud.
The most significant area of improvement we’ve experienced is the level of communication between the PMs and Supers. No longer is there a need to email documents back and forth. Instead, everyone has access to all project related information, that’s real time and transparent, allowing for better communication throughout the day.
One of the coolest features of Procore is their Drawings tool, especially when using the Procore app on a mobile device. All of our PMs and Supers are equipped with an iPad in addition to their mobile phones and computers. Starting in 2013, we were able to electronically post all our as-builts (a revised set of drawings submitted by a contractor upon completion of a project or a particular job) as well as links to RFI’s (Request For Information) which ensures we are building off the most recent changes/clarifications to the project.
Procore isn’t just for Straub’s benefit.
We give access to our Subcontractors, Architects and Owners. This helps ensure that our collaboration with the entire team is as accurate and real time as possible. It’s been a fun evolution to see not only Straub personnel but also our Subcontractors use the Procore app to access information daily.
It’s a great tool for upper management as well. From the ability to read daily logs to managing risks, Procore provides us with numerous tools to analyze trends and address issues proactively.
Procore has quickly become an industry leader in Cloud Based Project Management Software and it’s easy for us to see why.
Not only is the software easy to use, Procore has become a real partner by equipping us to collaborate at the highest level with our entire project team. The feedback from Architects, Owners and Subcontractors has been very positive.
Tim Wilcoxon, Owner Rep for Shawnee Mission School District stated “With Procore, the information we need is always available. No more waiting for the mail or phone calls to be returned. It’s a very useful tool to help manage a project.”
To learn more about Procore, be sure to check out their website at procore.com.