PlanGrid Launches Tasks To Keep Construction Teams On Track and Mitigate Risk Throughout the Project Lifecycle
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16, 2018 – PlanGrid, the leader in construction productivity software, today announced PlanGrid Tasks, a new product that allows project teams to easily connect the dots between planning in the office and execution in the field. PlanGrid Tasks gives construction teams the ability to capture and track all work in one place, significantly saving time and increasing visibility across a jobsite. By creating and assigning tasks to any team member and viewing the real-time status of all tasks from the Task Log, teams can plan and track work throughout the construction lifecycle — from project kickoff to closeout.
Construction projects are often huge and complex undertakings. Jobs frequently have as many as 40 different subcontracting teams onsite, and delays can have a reverberating impact on other teams. Previously, tracking and planning activities was done through spreadsheets, paper and email. Updating the current status of work was a tedious line-by-line process undertaken by project managers who typically had little visibility into how activities in the field were progressing and didn’t provide superintendents the power to track assigned work on the fly.
With PlanGrid Tasks, teams can now organize and prioritize tasks at the start of a project or create them immediately in the field from within the PlanGrid platform, assigning tasks to anyone on the job. For powerful day-to-day management of activities, field teams can view their list of tasks directly from their tablet or smartphone and know exactly what work needs to get done by when. Project leaders can also assign tasks to multiple individuals or groups, and are empowered with real-time feedback on what has been completed and what is at risk.
Created directly from a sheet or the Task Log, a Task can contain a wealth of information, such as a description of work to be completed, location, type of work such as QA/QC, scheduled activities or inspection items, due date, and any potential schedule or cost impact. Photos can also be attached directly to a Task and annotated to provide additional context. Tasks can be viewed on sheets to identify specific locations where work exists, and all Tasks, whether unscheduled or planned in advance, can be seen in the central Tasks Log.
Tasks are particularly powerful for tracking schedule milestones leading up to a final inspection. For example, a superintendent in the field can create a Task list of open action items that need to be completed prior to the final walk-through, assigning individual tasks to specific specialty contractors. Similarly in the office, project engineers can create a Task list assigning all remaining documents required to complete close-out to different specialty contractors, streamlining the overall process and keeping track of all required documentation.
“The earliest indicator of increased risk of delay for the entire project is when work is not being completed on time,” said Steve Manning, vice president of product at PlanGrid. “A lack of visibility into these small slips add up and negatively impacts larger schedules and budgets. PlanGrid Tasks mitigates this risk by providing transparency and increasing collaboration so that everyone is operating from the same schedule. We’re empowering the field to provide feedback, saving project managers time by automating a previously cumbersome process and boosting the entire team’s ability to deliver quality work at every stage of the project.”
PlanGrid builds simple, powerful software construction teams love to use. The company’s mobile-first technology gives general contractors, subs, owners and architects access to information in real-time, enables great collaboration and provides actionable insights. With PlanGrid, any construction team member can manage and update blueprints, specs, photos, RFIs, field reports, punchlists and other information from any device. PlanGrid is used on more than one million projects across commercial, heavy civil and other industries in 90 countries. Headquartered in San Francisco and founded in 2011, PlanGrid has $69 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Tenaya Capital and other top venture capital firms. Visit us at www.plangrid.com.