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Why Drawings Are a Problem

Why is paper drawing management holding contractors back? This question was recently answered in a talk between recruitment consultant Personify and ARC’s business development director, Evan Casey.

Casey is responsible for ARC’s CDIM (Construction Document Information Management) solution. The acronym and the technology it represents may be new, but the purpose is familiar to all contractors: providing the construction industry the tools it needs to manage project information from drawings to RFIs to ASIs. CDIM is meant to offer contractors tools that will make working on projects faster, easier, and more profitable. Powering this goal is ARC’s decades of industry knowledge and construction document experience. Years of managing construction documents for some of the top firms in the world has led to one surprising insight: paper drawings are holding contractors back. Casey explains how in the Personify interview.

“For literally hundreds of years, the way buildings got built was by somebody bringing the drawings out on paper, capturing changes and revisions on the printed set, and then mapping it out in such a way that other parties could effectively execute on it. The issue is, you’ve got people who need to participate in that project, so you need to have multiple copies and track your versions. As you go through the execution phase of the job, those copies get marked up, they need to be redistributed, et cetera. Nothing in the construction industry gets done unless you have a document. In other industries, you can pick up the phone and say,” I need XYZ.” In construction, you need to deliver a new contract, a new scope of work or a new drawing.”

The challenge has been developing a method to combat these issues, a solution that lets project managers and their teams to capture, store, manage, and distribute the same set of construction documents anywhere in real-time.

To solve these problems, ARC has combined its industry knowledge with cloud computing to create SKYSITE. Simply put, SKYSITE is a cloud-based solution that manages the distribution of construction documents and information. Casey’s own experience in the construction industry has made him a believer in the product:

“It’s a very powerful process and solution. If it’s deployed in a unified manner, you can actually streamline much of the construction execution phase so the people can focus on what they do best, which is delivering the project, rather than focusing on shuffling documents and redistributing them to people.”

Can project managers and contractors guarantee their team is working from the latest set?

Ditching the paper drawings for many seems like “fixing what ain’t broken.” The one question, then, that project managers and contractors should be asking themselves is whether they can guarantee their team is working from the latest set. With paper plans, you can only guarantee that you can’t. Sometimes it’s not that what’s broke doesn’t need fixing, but that we didn’t have the right tool to see the process was broken.

To read the whole Personify interview with Evan Casey go to: tiny.cc/digitaldrawings

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