Appear is helping construction companies and building contractors move away from time-consuming paper-based processes for documenting a project’s progress.
Originally developed for large construction companies as a replacement for paperbased site diaries or site journals, the Site Diary app is now being adopted by smaller construction companies, sole traders and building contractors for
installation and repair services.
Full, accurate records documenting a project’s progress are essential in the case of disputes or other issues requiring investigation, such as health and safety or environmental incidents. This includes the daily site diaries kept by contract engineers.
Site Diary simplifies and speeds up the collection of accurate information through the use of drop-down menus of pre-configured options chosen by the site manager or project office. This enables a complete diary event to be created and saved in less than 90 seconds, making it more likely that an engineer will complete an entry on-time rather than waiting several days or even weeks to do it, when they may not be able to recall the information accurately.
Data collected, including weather conditions at the site on the day of the report (recorded automatically) and photos, are automatically backed up and stored securely in the cloud, enabling collaboration between users on-site and in the office. Project leaders can see who has and who hasn’t done their diary for a given day.
Site Diary is being used by Costain as part of a mobility strategy introduced, among other things, to reduce the time that engineers and supervisors spend completing tasks, to improve safety procedures and to drive down costs associated with on-site paperwork.
As part of Costain’s implementation of the Appear IQ8 mobile applications suite, Appear and the Costain Group Innovations team modelled engineer and supervisor workflows and designed a tablet-based Site Diary application for the daily recording of all events that happen on-site. The initial solution was delivered in less than three months and has continued to evolve.
Tim Embley, Group Innovation & Knowledge Manager at Costain, said: “Costain has a commitment to innovation and the application of new technology and Appear IQ enables us to explore how mobile and cloud technology can help us improve our operations and deliver better service to our clients. Following the deployment of the Appear site diary, we have received a large number of internal requests for new mobile applications, some of which will be rolled out in the coming months.”