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tecHnoLoGY tooLBox Got Drawings? CLOUD-BASED PLANGRID DELIVERS UP-TO-DATE FILES TO THE FIELD BY DEBRA WOOD PlAngrId, mAde for the field, ensures everyone has access to the most recent drawings and files so that project elements are built correctly the first time, speeding construction while saving money. "PlanGrid makes us more efficient," says Dave Brown, project executive at Clark Builders Group in Ashburn, Virginia, a member of AGC of Metropolitan Washington D.C. "PlanGrid allows me to upload the plans as soon as I get them, and everyone on the team linked to that project gets a notification there has been a new revision. Almost instantly my superintendents are working off the most current set of drawings." Clark Builders began using PlanGrid for viewing plans but has transitioned into using it to store specs, schedules, requests for information and other documents. Everyone can access the files on an iOS or Android device. Although PlanGrid leafs in new drawings, contractors can look back on old drawings and track what has changed. Brown finds it faster and easier to look at plans on an iPad than flipping through multiple rolls of drawing sheets. In 2014, more than 100,000 projects were managed with PlanGrid, which holds 17 million blueprints from 10,000 customers in its cloud-based storage program. Alliant Build America Award winner Tarlton Corp. of St. Louis employed PlanGrid on its award-winning Olin Business School Expansion at Washington University in St. Louis. "It performs great getting drawings to the field, even big ones," says Scott Green, manager of construction technology for Tarlton, a member of AGC of Missouri. "It has good speed and response to move around and look at it. And you can jump between sheets and navigate without issues." Tarlton uses PlanGrid on larger, more complex projects or those farther from the @Constr uctor Ma g office to speed up communications. Green created an electronic plan box at the Olin jobsite. It was a large screen attached to an iPad and a printer, which allowed tradesmen without an iPad to access current drawings. "It provided for anyone at the jobsite to look up what they needed," Green says. Within PlanGrid, contractors can mark issues, such as from a punchlist, on the plans. PlanGrid assigns it to the appropriate person and sends the notation from PlanGrid, complete with photos. It then maintains the response. Tarlton also uses it to attach approved project submittals to the plans. PlanGrid automatically hyperlinks detailed pages in the plans from master sheets. It also ties requests for information to the drawings. "We built tools on top of the blueprints to make collaboration easier," says Tracy Young, CEO of PlanGrid of San Francisco. Brown praises PlanGrid's ability to listen to contractors' needs and evolve the product to better serve the industry. ◆ PLANGRID 454 Shotwell Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415-349-7444 www.plangrid.com "Hammer" plan: 50 sheets of storage at no cost "Nailgun" plan: 550 sheets of storage for $19.99 per month "Dozer" plan: 5,000 sheets for $49.99 per month "Crane" plan: $99.99 monthly for unlimited storage Annual plans receive two months free. One person on a project can use it or everyone on the project. PlanGrid shows the drawings, allows users to mark them up and receive updates in real time. J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 1 5 | www.constructormagazine.com 85 http://www.plangrid.com http://www.constructormagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
CEO’S LETTER
REBUILDING MOTOR CITY
THE REAL DETROIT
RAISING THE GRADE
FEDCON BRINGS CONTRACTORS AND AGENCY LEADERSHIP TOGETHER
HOOKED UP
2015 WILLIS CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
PUTTING MOORE INTO SAFETY
SIMONSON SAYS
THE ROAD TO SAFETY
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY APPS SAVE WORKER LIVES
DEEP SPACE FINE
TIME TO ENGAGE
COORDINATION LEADS TO TRIUMPH
AGC IN ACTION
TREASURE TROVE
A P3 PRIMER
MEMBER AND CHAPTER NEWS
THREE MUST HAVES IN A FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY NEWS
A LABOR OF LOVE
TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX
BEYOND THESE PAGES
UPCOMING EVENTS
2015 REGIONAL RESOURCE GUIDE
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
FINAL INSPECTION

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