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TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX HCSS Mobile Apps Improve Productivity BY DEBRA WOOD A SUITE OF NEW MOBILE APPLICATIONS from HCSS allows foremen and superintendents to collect information from construction field operations and automatically update HeavyJob project management software, payroll and accounting systems, granting management instant access to the latest data. “From a management point of view, it’s priceless having the production information available to us in real time,” says Landon Lovingfoss, an engineer with the heavy civil contractor Stacy and Witbeck, in Portland, Ore., a member of multiple AGC chapters, including the Oregon-Columbia Chapter. Stacy and Witbeck uses it for timecard and diary entries, quantities used, notes on production and projections. “We’ve been able to eliminate several mundane steps, such as driving the timecards to the office, and have eliminated transcription errors,” Lovingfoss says. Flatiron of Firestone, Colo., also uses the HCSS mobile app for timecard entry, recording equipment use and foreman diary note taking. The company fi rst used it on a project in a remote area of British Columbia. “The biggest benefit we’ve seen is the quickness with which the information can be transferred from the field to the office,” says Adam Kuyt, risk control and contract manager at Flatiron. “Flatiron’s motivation was to get good daily production information, so we knew what our costs were on every shift.” That knowledge is the prime advantage offered though the software, says Steve McGough, chief operating officer at HCSS in Sugar Land, Texas. “Because we can push down the estimate to the mobile device, you can see how you are doing and whether you made money or lost money that day,” McGough adds. “It was designed for field people. A foreman charges the crew and equipment out against the individual cost codes, and when you send the information, it takes it into the manager’s system of HeavyJob and sends it on to payroll.” The app also allows field personnel to take photos and transmit them with notes. The software tags them with a GPS location and adds them to the job fi le. The HeavyJob mobile app can be run anywhere using iPhones, iPads and Android-based phones and tablets. It can function off-line and will sync-up when reconnected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. “It’s a mobile app native to the device, so you are not browsing to a web page,” McGough explains. The mobile app is available to users of HeavyJob for $10 per user per month and the field system is available to companies not using the HeavyJob field system for $50 per user per month. “We are trying to give people the ability to use the best device for the situation, so you don’t have to make wholesale changes,” McGough says.” You can run half of your company on laptops and half on tablets. It doesn’t matter to us.” HCSS now has a HeavyBid mobile app in beta testing. Both of its mobile products are intuitive and user friendly. Lovingfoss says it’s so user friendly, a new foreman can become proficient in a couple of days with a tablet and the software. “The product development team at HCSS has been good to work with,” Kuyt adds. “They keep developing the software, and there are more bells and whistles coming.” ◆ HCSS 13151 W. Airport Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77478 713-270-4000 92 constructor | JU LY/ AU G U ST 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2013

Editor's Note
President's Message
CEO's Letter
Hire Power
Innovative Ideas Modernize 78-Year-Old Bridge
DeConstructing Social Media
Business Fraud
Challenge Accepted
Stand-Out Safety Program Earns Opp Construction Grand Award
2013 AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
2013 Liberty Mutual Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards
Money Isn't Everything
AGC in Action
Wall of Wind
Weathering the Storm
Green, Safe and Fast
Leading the Way
Summing it Up
Tall Orders
Going Interstate? Go NASCLA.
Do the Math
Technology Toolbox
Technology Toolbox
Bond-Readiness Program
Legislative and Regulatory News
Book Review
Upcoming Events
2013 Regional Resource Guide
Member and Chapter News
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection

Constructor - July/August 2013