According to Arcadis Research's 2016 Global Construction Disputes Report, the average cost of a construction dispute in the U.S. was $25 million and takes over a year to settle in court, a sobering statistic for any general contractor.
But there was something else that Arcadis discovered: the most common cause of construction disputes was, essentially, failure to deliver on the contract. The best way to avoid the most common kinds of disputes, they found, was simple. Have consistent, thorough documentation. That's why some of the nation's most successful general contractors are turning to daily reporting apps to win more construction contract dispute cases.
Construction Apps to Safeguard Work
Take the case of Sellen Construction, consistently ranked the No. 1 general contractor in the Puget Sound region by the Puget Sound Business Journal. They use Raken’s daily reporting app to capture information from the field to safeguard work and increase documenting and reporting efficiencies.
Sellen uses Raken to streamline its field reporting workflows such as daily reports, manpower and photo management. Using such technology allows Sellen to demonstrate its commitment to performance while also simplifying the daily reporting process. Additionally, Raken’s reporting technology ensures that Sellen has thorough, time-stamped, and complete construction documentation should any legal disputes arise.
“My role is to streamline the daily reporting process with accurate entries across our portfolio of projects,” said Tyler Stewart, technology solutions and training manager at Sellen Construction. “This has allowed us to easily access data, keeping our field workers on site instead of in the legal office.”
With Raken, Sellen streamlined their daily reports so the workers in the field could turn in their documents every day with no hassle. Once the reports were coming in consistently, Sellen can access them at any time to safeguard their work against any possible future litigation that might come up.
Legal Protection for Construction Companies... and More
Raken serves a dual purpose by allowing Sellen to capture the jobsite data necessary to continually improve its processes while also maintaining daily reporting compliance, providing both a critical layer of legal protection while making jobsites more efficient.
"Raken helps our field workers complete thorough, legally compliant daily reports faster than any other tool," said Stewart, noting that Raken's focus on making reporting fast and easy for field personnel has led to a dramatic increase in compliance. "It increases exposure and contact with subcontractors," Stewart said, "which in turn helps Sellen be more efficient and build stronger relationships."
By adopting time-saving technologies that make it easier to gather information from the field, Sellen and Raken are working together to change the construction landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
One of the reasons we started Raken was to ease the pressure of creating, collecting, and storing accurate contract documents," says Kyle Slager, CEO of Raken. "We're excited to work with Sellen to make sure their documents are created quickly and stored securely so they have the proof they need of the great work they do.
Ultimately that is what construction contract dispute legal cases should be about. If a construction company ever needs to proof of the good work that they do, then a construction daily reporting app like Raken can make all the difference.
For more information, see the official press release announcing Raken's partnership with Sellen.