Reston, VA, and Bethesda, MD, July 22, 2009 – Clark Construction Group, LLC, the 14th largest general contracting firm in the U.S. (according to ENR magazine) has taken a major step in automating its field operations management and quality programs by signing an agreement to use Latista Field software companywide. Clark Construction Group’s rollout plan will incorporate employees, capital project owners, A&E firms, and subcontractors. They will deploy functional modules for inspections, QA/QC, safety, field BIM, materials and production tracking, and commissioning.
The agreement was prompted by the company’s initial implementation of Latista Field on several projects, which produced significant results, including improved profitability and quality control for the company. Dave Golden, Clark CIO, commented: “We made the decision to roll out Latista Field companywide because Latista has proven to us that their field automation solutions improve operational efficiencies and collaboration between project stakeholders.”
Nationals Park stadium in Washington, D.C., was completed in 23 months rather than the average 36 months for a sports venue that size. Clark used Latista Field to identify, record, communicate, and resolve more than 10,000 deficiency issues on the project. The software’s automated time-stamps and documentation features also helped Clark collaborate with Nationals Park’s owners. “Having the data available in Latista was much better than the old fashioned way, which might take days or weeks,” said Clark Project Executive Matt Haas about the project.
In San Diego, Calif., a U.S. Navy apartment complex called Pacific Beacon was turned over 60 days early with zero deficiencies. Clark used Latista Field to automate quality assurance and control (QA/QC) inspections so that deficiency issues could be resolved earlier in the construction process, before rework was necessary. Owner representatives often participated in the inspections with Clark and could sign their approval in the field on portable tablet PCs. “The Latista engine is immensely powerful,” said Clark Project Engineer Scott Widmann. “With it, we could manage our schedule better and keep the project moving.”
Golden also commented that, “After comparing Latista with other competitors on the market, Latista had clear advantages in web-collaboration tools and key functionality that were necessary for a companywide implementation.”
“Clark is clearly a leader in the construction industry in terms of process improvements and the use of technology to drive efficiency and better results for capital projects owners,” said Latista Vice President Chris Ramsey. “Latista is proud to have worked with Clark Construction to prove the value of Latista Field and looks forward to continuing a successful partnership.”
About Clark Construction Group, LLC
More than a century old, Clark Construction Group, LLC, is one of the United States’ most experienced construction service providers, with more than $4 billion in annual revenue and projects throughout the country. From small interior renovations to architectural landmarks, Clark supports its projects with teams of highly-trained construction professionals and specialists to ensure that the entire construction process goes smoothly.
About Latista Technologies
Latista’s mission is to enable contractors and capital project owners to dramatically improve operational efficiency and deliver higher quality facilities on time by offering a comprehensive enterprise field management solution. Latista Technologies has been a leader in quality and field management solutions and services since its founding in Reston, Va., in 2001. Its software is used by top 200 contractors and top 50 owners worldwide to improve operational efficiency and enhance collaboration among project participants.