The challenges with the arena project were huge, given the building’s size. Sharing information among the team via paper or email had the potential to send everything sideways very quickly.
As Kim Lorch, Vice President and Area Manager of the Las Vegas division of The Raymond Group said, “No one wants to be embarrassed in the field when they don’t have up-to-date information. But sadly, many folks feel starved for information that helps them do their jobs well. This is partly due to on-site staff being used to rolls of drawings that are cumbersome and out of date.”
“I couldn’t believe it. Our guys in the field just snapped this thing up. It’s a beautiful tool.”
Vice President and Area Manager, Las Vegas Division
Kim had spent four decades in the field performing multiple roles when he decided to use PlanGrid at The Raymond Group’s Las Vegas division. “I looked at other systems and it became so obvious to me that PlanGrid was the better platform.” When the arena job came along, it was a huge selling point that many of the teams at The Raymond Group were already using PlanGrid.
Kim was surprised by how easily the whole team adopted PlanGrid: “I couldn’t believe it. Our guys in the field just snapped this thing up. It’s a beautiful tool.” It was a relief for everyone at the office when the field team adopted it quickly and enthusiastically. The onsite team already had tablets, so it made sense to give them access to everything they needed. The entire Raymond Group team reaped huge benefits. “It keeps everything we need right at our fingertips. It’s amazing to me,” said Kim.
John Ben (JB) Pascua, a Field Coordinator with The Raymond Group, recalls the first time he saw PlanGrid, calling it “a game changer.” The team dropped paper blueprints and learned to quickly navigate over 5,000 pages of electronic drawings. It let the foremen access all of their blueprints, wall types, layouts, and locations at a moment’s notice.
The most significant impact PlanGrid had on The Raymond Group was the ability to document issues in the field in a way that made it easy for their customer to understand, therefore increasing their recovery of costs. They used to only have a 70% recovery of project delays and impacts. With PlanGrid, they drove that up to 90% recovery—just from improved issue documentation.
The Raymond Group also saved 5 hours per week per person. Resolving issues, updating drawings, and looking for details are easier than ever before, now that they have PlanGrid. Before PlanGrid, The Raymond Group also estimated that they could eliminate 90% of their drawings. Within a year of using PlanGrid, they had eliminated all of them. Those savings alone justified using PlanGrid: “We used to get a truck to deliver our plans. Six to eight sets of drawings had to be transported. That’s thousands of pages printed every time we made an update. It was incredibly expensive,” said JB.
During construction, a foreman was on each of the eight levels. With at least 5,000 pages on an iPad at a time, each person would have needed a cart with 200 pounds of blueprints on it in order to carry the same number of sheets with them. It just wasn’t possible—or practical. And as far as accessing the most up-to-date information easily? As Kim put it, “How can you calculate the value of your guys having the right information all the time? It’s just incredibly valuable that they do.” Throughout this two-year project, PlanGrid helped The Raymond Group meet its schedule, cut costs, and stay on track to successfully finish a massive project.