iReport360 versus Current Industry Procedures
A typical day for a Testing Firm or Special Inspector requires a personel to visit a construction site, perform tests or make construction observations for critical structural elements, and then prepare a report to document test results and observations. The current industry procedure is for the field technician to leave a copy of a hand-written field report with the contractor’s superintendent. Then, after review of the field reports, the quality-control project manager will submit a group of formal reports to the parties involved with the project such as the architect, engineer, owner, etc.
The formal reports can take days to several weeks to reach the appropriate parties, increasing the chances for important items to be constructed over or simply not addressed as required. iReport360 has simplified the daily reporting process and will provide access to field reports to the entire construction team in real-time.
PROFESSIONAL REPORTS; CONSISTENT REPORTING PROCEDURES; AVAILABLE IN REAL-TIME; DETAILED REPORT TEMPLATES; AUTOMATED NOTIFICATION TRACKING SYSTEM
Design professionals request immediate notification if a deviation to the contract plans or specifications is observed. iReport360 will immediately notify all parties of the project team by email if a deviation is noted and will send them a link to the field report that is completed and stored on-line. By quickly addressing any potential problems or deviations, the appropriate response or corrections can be made, which will, in turn, save the project substantial time and money.
It is common to receive inspection reports that say “all items were inspected and found to meet specifications.” Here is an example field report exert from a Special Inspection Firm.
The iReport360 reporting system and the International Building Code templates provided in iBC360 will give confidence to the entire construction team that the project was built per project plans, specifications, and per the minimum standards of the IBC. Here is an example iReport360 field report for concrete curing (please compare to the handwritten report above):
Contractors complete daily reports which describe the daily field activities along with labor and equipment used to perform their work. However, the contractor’s reports are not always available to the entire project team. In addition, design professionals provide field reports of their site visits to document the work progress and identify specific items that need to be addressed. Again, formal reports can take days to several weeks to reach the appropriate parties.
Timeliness of activities, proper communication, and documentation is a must in today’s fast-paced environment.
REPORT + SHARE + TRACK = ASSURANCE
In developing iReport360, one of our goals was to continue using the same testing procedures and lines of communication currently used in our industry, while creating more efficient, real-time reporting of the testing results and verifying that the items that must be observed and tested are being observed and tested in accordance with project specifications and the International Building Code (IBC). In other words, we do not want to add work or steps to any of the current parties involved, but rather make their work more effective and more efficient. All firms in our industry are looking to reduce cost, reduce risk, and increase efficiency.
With Better Communication, All Team Members Can “BUILD WITH CONFIDENCE”