Constructor - May/June 2014 - (Page 45)
Systems nHand Applications Save Time and Money
BY DEBRA WOOD
MOBILE APPLICATIONS FROM SYSTEMS
Roadmark has found Systems
nHands' applications save time
nHand can make life a little easier for field
workers to communicate with management, accounting and other departments as
"It's a nice piece of architecture that is
placed on top of our basic programs," says
David Rosenthal, CFO of Roadmark Corp. in
Durham, NC, a member of Carolinas AGC.
Roadmark uses two Systems nHand applications: Job Docs and SLExpense. "Instead
of administrative staff doing data entry, it's
Rosenthal anticipates Roadmark would
need to hire three additional office employees to handle and process the information
that nHand collects automatically.
Job Docs provides superintendents or
crew supervisors a way to track the day's
progress, what work was done, what trucks,
fuel consumption and materials used, the
weather, site conditions, events and other
information. Managers can access that data
almost immediately and note any difficulties
on the job and take corrective action.
"If there are issues to be resolved, we
can get them resolved that day," Rosenthal
explains. In the past, written reports would
take time to be processed. Now Rosenthal
knows what has happened while the incident is fresh in everyone's mind.
"Information needs to be timely to be
actionable," says Lee Church with Systems
nHand of Austin, Texas.
The nHand applications allow crew members to collect volumes of information with a
few clicks. The software features error check
information in the field, adding to the validity
of the data. nHand gathers the information
and routes it quickly.
The Job Docs application also features
Crew Time, in which a superintendent can
enter time slips for the entire work crew.
Employees may be paid different rates on
various jobs. nHand knows the pay rates for
that job and what each employee should be
paid for the work. That information automatically populates the payroll system at
the home office.
"This system automates the recording
and collecting of information to make sure
everyone is paid correctly," Rosenthal says.
SLExpense allows field workers to document expenses - gas for the trucks or rooms
at a hotel if far from the office. The system
can be set up to allow splits, so a single bill
can be allocated across different vehicles or
jobs. It requires a minimal amount of effort
and the data flows back into a corporate
accounting system for expense documentation or employee reimbursement.
"We are able to collect the information
on a real-time basis as they are incurred,"
In fact, the employee can fill out the
complete expense information, including a
photograph of the receipt, while still at the
gas station and send it to the office.
"He pushes a button, and it's done,"
Systems nHand applications do not
require a network connection to enter the
data. It can be sent later when cellular or
WiFi is available. They function on any carrier and with iOS and Android devices and
on Mac or PC computers.
The company charges about $75 per user
for SLExpense to purchase the product, plus
a one-time server component of $2,500 to
$5,000. Additionally, an annual ongoing
maintenance fee occurs.
"The systems pay for themselves over
and over," Church says. "If a company has an
interest in expanding geographically, these
systems assist in that process dramatically.
Remote no longer means out of touch." ◆
Systems nHand LLC
12601 Gristmill Cove
Austin, TX 78750
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