Sometimes it really feels like Groundhog Day. Not the annual reminder that winter is far from over, but the Bill Murray movie where he has to keep reliving the same day until he gets it right.
Sound familiar? Each time I speak to a new project manager, superintendent or QC manager, I end the conversation with the same thought: “Man, those guys are busy.” How can you not be busy, though, when you do 20% of your work twice?
Plans are in place, materials are ordered and the right subcontractors are hired for the job, yet there is still room for error. The cost of materials to complete critical and common rework can range from tens of thousands to millions of dollars, but TIME is the real kicker. In the construction industry, time is money, and your ability to deliver on time is your REPUTATION.
Rework happens when small or critical pieces are missed. There is a lot to check – and many people involved in the process. And while perfection is hard to come by in construction, it is absolutely possible to minimize rework and limit its impact to your schedule and your reputation.
Here are four strategies for using mobile QC and punch list tools to minimize rework on your jobs:
- Perform QA and QC Inspections in the Field – While a seasoned veteran on your team may not need a formal checklist, the truth is that there are rarely enough seasoned veterans to go around. And even a veteran might need a checklist when material requirements change, additional inspection questions arise, and those small specs may be the hole in the big plan. QC checklists serve as a guide to remind and ensure the success of the quality control process. When the questions are in your face, it’s harder to scan over it.
- Get Out From Behind the Desk – Many superintendents are chained to a laptop in the trailer, doing busy work that pulls them away from where they should be: in the field inspecting work. A mobile tool that enables you to work in the field with an electronic QC inspection eliminates a significant amount of time. Catching issues before they arise helps to avoid rework. There is only one way for that to happen: YOU have to be physically on site.
- Use Up-to-Date Drawings – It sounds incredibly obvious, but if you don’t have the right drawings at your fingertips, critical pieces get overlooked. Small changes can have a big impact, and the manual processes used historically are slow and error prone. Modern field management tools help field professionals access the most updated drawings, improving productivity, confidence and communication on the job site.
- Communicate (Effectively) – Communication is key to eliminating rework on your project. Keep all the right people in the loop by sending quick and detailed updates to each trade about deficiencies. When you have the ability to create inspections in the field, documenting deficiencies is quick and painless – with no double work. You’ll be well informed and ready for your weekly foreman meetings, or when your client needs a report on any critical issues logged in the last two weeks. You’ll be on top of it – and your team will, too.
Make sure every day isn’t a Groundhog Day. These four key strategies for a mobile QA/QC and punch list tool will help you make that change today.
- Learn more about how companies are using mobile QA/QC devices
- Talk to an expert about how to cut down on rework today