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SKYSITE Delivers Plans to Entire Team
BY DEBRA WOOD
THE ENTIRE CONSTRUCTION TEAM can
access the latest drawings on SKYSITE,
creating a single source for definitive information on the jobsite.
"The power to have one controlled master set everyone has access to is amazing,"
says Rob McKinney, safety director at J.M.
Wilkerson Construction Co., a member of
AGC Georgia, and editor of the Construction
App Guru. "The digital process has improved
the paper-based process and made it possible to take a full set of project documents
out into the field on a mobile device."
McKinney has been beta-testing
SKYSITE and likes its versioning control,
permissions and one-way push from the
cloud to the user's device. Version control
ensures the user has the most current set
of drawings. Permissions allow the contractor to limit access and the ability to
change documents to certain individuals,
and one-way push means that only one
person can delete a document. If someone
else tries to eliminate a drawing, the cloud
will push the latest approved drawing back
to that person.
ARC Document Solutions in Walnut
Creek, California, developed the cloudbased SKYSITE app with the construction
industry in mind. It allows users to view,
manage, distribute and collaborate on construction documents in a secure, real-time
"We understand the documents and the
need and importance of distributing documents," says K. "Suri" Suriyakumar, chairman, president and CEO of ARC Document
Solutions. But the digital age led ARC to
create SKYSITE for the construction industry. It drew on its experience in the print
"Our focus is the distribution of documents," Suriyakumar says. "SKYSITE distributes the documents in the proper format
to construction professionals."
Users can view the latest documents on
a tablet device, iOS or Android, download
@Constr uctor Ma g
and sync those documents, while working
offline. Suriyakumar calls the app easy to
use, explaining that when someone touches
a hyperlink, it takes the user to the appropriate drawing.
With permissions, users can mark up
the documents, and SKYSITE monitors the
activity. SKYSITE keeps track of who downloaded the documents, who changed what
and who distributed it. It will then generate
"Documents are dynamic; they keep
changing," Suriyakumar says. "Documents
mean communication in construction."
With up-to-date documents, contractors
will build correctly the first time. Electronic
documents make it easier to put the drawings in the hands of the people actually
building the structure. SKYSITE offers the
ability to search the index to retrieve the
"We think that will be a significant tool
as we put more documents on a dynamic
cloud," Suriyakumar says.
Multi-layered passwords distinguish
among common confidential folders and
projects. McKinney, for instance, wants
owners to be able to read the documents, superintendents to change them
as needed and a project manager, one
person, to be able to delete or make significant changes.
"We want to make our customers
more efficient and more cost effective,"
Suriyakumar says. "We want to be a life
changer for our customers."
ARC Document Solutions
1981 N. Broadway, Ste. 385
Walnut Creek, Calif. 94596
With up to five users, SKYSITE offers 1 GB
free storage for one year. Prices increase
depending on the number of users.
All paid accounts offer unlimited shortage.
After signing up, a contractor can invite
a subcontractor to use SKYSITE without
establishing a new account.
SKYSITE puts accurate drawings in the hands of the people building the project.
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