How Joeris General Contractors, Ltd. improves field efficiency
Joeris General Contractors, Ltd. adopted PlanGrid in 2014 to support a major project in one of their biggest markets — education. They have now completed more than 10 projects using the app, and after evaluating their savings, PlanGrid has proven its value for Joeris’ future builds.
saved per week, per team member
anticipated reduction in punchlist schedule
superintendents fully trained on PlanGrid
Before PlanGrid, Joeris was primarily using paper in the field to mark up and access their drawings. It was typical for their field staff to travel back and forth from the trailer each time they needed to reference plans. There were drawing and project management softwares being used in the office, but Joeris was searching for a mobile blueprint solution to limit those trailer trips as much as possible. Joeris also needed an app that would be quickly adopted by their tech-averse superintendents.
“Anything we can put on PlanGrid, we do.”
Senior Project Manager
Joeris started their transition into mobile solutions by testing field apps for quality and safety audits. In addition, they looked into several blueprint management apps, until they noticed PlanGrid being used onsite.
“We were looking for anything that saved time between the trailer and field. When we saw PlanGrid in the field, we asked ‘why aren’t we on this?’” - Tim Guillaume, Director of QC, Joeris
All the hours saved, by cutting out the constant trips to the trailer, allowed Joeris' superintendents to spend more time observing installation of work and contribute to reduced labor costs over the course of the project. In the process of improving field efficiency, Joeris also avoids rework by continually working from the correct drawings and tracking issues in real-time.
They have mandated PlanGrid on every single project over the past six months, and by the end of Q2 2017 they will have 100% of their
superintendents formally trained on PlanGrid. They currently have 30 projects running on PlanGrid, plus 10 that have been completed already.
“Adoption is far better than we had expected. Superintendents who don’t even want to write an email attend a training, and within two hours, they’re using sheet compare and sharing issues.”
— Tim Guillaume, Director of QC
“Everyone was terrified it would be difficult and they’d screw it up, but once people started picking up iPads instead of going to the trailer, adoption occurred very rapidly compared to other technologies we have implemented.”
— Jason Adam, Senior Project Manager
“I can’t even imagine what our as-builts would look like without PlanGrid. It wouldn’t make very much sense”
— Jason Adam, Senior Project Manager
“Technology is as good as its effectiveness to be easily adaptable by the guys who are doing the job. That's where Plangrid hits the home run. It's a simple tool to use for our field guys that adds value to our projects, firm, clients and our people”
— Andy Gajbhiye, Director of Construction Technology
University of the Incarnate Word
Joeris has been building a student center for the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio since 2015. A variety of PlanGrid features have been used from the start on the $30M project. All of Joeris’ change orders, submittals, shop drawings and equipment cut sheets are housed in PlanGrid. Plus, they’ve tracked 2400 issues that are accessible to the trades from anywhere.
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