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Why Construction Site Photo Documentation is Important


Posted on August 3rd, 2021

Construction worker using photo documentation app on jobsite.

In construction, keeping a project on track (and your customers happy) is easier said than done. However, increasing your visibility into a construction project with construction site photos can help you make more informed decisions along the way.

Why Construction Photo Documentation Matters

Here’s how construction site photo documentation can improve your projects—and protect your construction business.

1. Project photos document what’s happening on the jobsite

Construction progress photos help capture your project’s progress when you can’t be on the site yourself, leading to better project management. Instead of sifting through messy project notes, you can quickly review any images uploaded by your field team. This saves your field crews time, too—all they have to do is snap a few shots with their phones. Then, photos are automatically attached to their daily construction report.

photo gallery in Raken web app on laptop.

Images let you see how teams are following safety protocols and maintaining quality control. They can also help you identify any potential safety hazards or risks. By learning how your crews are working, you can offer better support by giving them the resources they need.

Usually, construction photo software comes with both a web app and a mobile app. With a more automated process for photo management, remote collaboration is easier than ever. And since photos are easy to save, store, and share, you clients will be in the know as well.

2. Photo markup highlights the most critical project info

Sometimes, your crews take construction site photos to highlight something specific about a project. Photo markup lets you do just that.

With photo markup, workers can draw directly on photos of the site. For extra clarity, they can also add photo descriptions and captions. This helps your team have a clear idea of project progress—and improve documentation.

markuping up a construction site photo on mobile app and correlating daily report.

When looking for construction photo software, choose one with photo markup (like Raken).

3. Date and time-stamped photos help protect against litigation

Time-stamped construction work site photos clearly document who’s doing what, when, and where on a project. More specifically, a timestamp captures the date and time an image was taken. Construction photo software also shows you who uploaded the photo and the site location.

Timestamps can be powerful evidence in the case of a dispute or litigation. Combining them with other digital documentation (like productivity data or safety checklists)? Even better. Historical data will give your company more legal protection in court—since you can prove your case with a clear record of events.

Companies like Sellen Production use Raken’s daily reports and photos to improve compliance.

“Raken has allowed us to easily access data, keeping our field workers on site instead of in the legal office,” said Tyler Stewart, Technology Solutions and Training Manager at Sellen Production.

See Raken’s construction photo documentation software in action.

With Raken, your field crews can download our construction photo app and start taking project photos right away. Every photo is automatically attached to their daily reports—then, everything is stored on the cloud for easy access. Hello, real-time insights and better project management.

Learn best practices for construction photo documentation with our free eBook!

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