The hyper-collaborative workflow on Endeavor began with Devcon's discovery of construction apps seven years prior; they were already ahead of the game when they put tablets in the hands of their field staff. They wanted to provide a system where the field trusted that they were always working from the current set.
The GC started to purchase iPads in 2010, and tried to implement multiple methods of digital drawing collaboration. At first, they used PDF readers, which were slow on mobile devices and complicated to use. Then they tried mobile versions of apps that had been beneficial for their office team. Yet again, they struggled to gain field adoption because the apps were too complex.
“I like the tool that does one thing really well, not ten things at 60%. PlanGrid gives everyone the right information, instantly—that’s huge.”
Several years passed before Joe Tan, Devcon's Technology Director, discovered PlanGrid. After meeting with PlanGrid's CEO, Tracy Young, he decided it was the perfect fix for their blueprint management struggles. Devcon tested PlanGrid on several projects and instantly found several key benefits.
First, they noticed that PlanGrid's speed on mobile devices was unmatched by any of the other apps they'd tried. It was so simple that even their technology-averse field team wanted it, and they were able to learn how to use it with little or no training.
PlanGrid also has a simple user experience that allows for fast navigation between sheets. The detail callout hyperlinks auto-populate upon the first upload, so the field can look into details and use the recent sheets button to flip back in seconds. This workflow would be practically impossible on paper prints or using mobile software with complicated interfaces.
The project is leveraging cutting-edge technologies to craft this unique structure, from NVIDIA’s Iray—a rendering technology that generates photorealistic imagery—to PlanGrid. While PlanGrid has been Devcon’s field standard for years and is often used to collaborate with owners, NVIDIA has taken that collaboration on PlanGrid to a whole new level to ensure that every detail of its innovative design comes to life.
After several years, Devcon has been able to implement PlanGrid on a large scale, using the app to hyper-collaborate with trades, owners, and architects with the unique workflows they invented. They’re in the process of growing 215 PlanGrid users to 300, and use the app on almost every project as their sole field communication platform.
“It’s pretty obvious that PlanGrid will pay off. Unlike other software investments, you don’t have to do thorough calculations to justify it. It addresses such a significant pain point. We’re committed to PlanGrid because it makes us a better company,” said Joe Tan, Technology Director, Devcon