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Using Raken on a Design-Build Job Site

Design-build firms are becoming more popular. But what is design-build, and how is it different from how construction is normally done? According to the Design-Build Institute of America,

Design-build is a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design-build team – works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. One entity, one contract, one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion – thereby re-integrating the roles of designer and constructor.

We're here talk about what kind of impact technology can have on such a firm.

Why Design-build?

Why would anyone want to choose a design-build method? Because it is more efficient and economical. According to the DBIA, design-build firms complete their projects 12% faster, deliver them 33% sooner and for 6% less than their competitors.

How can design-build firms do it? Because they streamline the construction process. Designers and builders are constantly talking, leading to fewer change orders. According to Performance Services,

The design-build system is highly adaptive and responsive in the field. Big decisions can be revisited during construction without change orders or additional fees. Although the conventional story is that making changes costs money, that is not necessarily so in design-build.

The benefits of design-build come from increased collaboration between the designer and the contractor. In other words, one company is responsible for the entire project. That means estimates are more precise, schedules are more accurate, and you can finish projects faster.

That also means that if the lines of communication break down between the contractors in the field and the designers in the office many of the benefits disappear. Failure to keep up with design expectations or complying with construction documents will quickly land a contractor in hot water. If the whole point of a design-build firm is for the field and office to work closely, then the following items are key:

Raken simplifies reporting and other compliance management workflows so your design-build model stays lean and the lines of communication remain open.

Simplified Reporting

Design-build firms need accurate, timely daily reporting because that's how contractors get the progress updates they need to remain agile and adjust their plans.

With an easy-to-use, intuitive interface Raken can save Superintendents, Foremen, and Subcontractors more than an hour daily doing their daily reports. Using a mobile device you can easily and quickly file daily reports from the field, providing a steady stream of updated job site photos, work logs, time sheets, surveys, weather, and more.

The app also features improved manpower and cost code reporting as well as Procore integration so the office can keep an eye on the big picture.

Compliance Snapshot

Raken’s construction compliance and daily software reporting application can provide a quick snapshot of project compliance. A supervisor can quickly find a missing report and fill it in or explain why it wasn't filed. For example, if bad weather halts work, the period can be categorized as “no work." The weather is then automatically stored in each daily report.

In addition, Raken can seamlessly track subcontractor compliance. Subs can use Raken to send reports to Superintendents, keeping documentation simple and centralized. The summary can provide evidence about which subs are on top of things and which are not. You can then filter each sub’s information quickly.

App Features

The Raken app can also enable easier communication between team members. You can assign tasks without having to reach someone by phone or email. The app allows team members to send each other quick notes, documents, photos, and videos.

Don’t let old-fashioned reporting methods impede construction compliance on your design-build project. Try a 15-day free trial of Raken and find out how our mobile construction reporting tool can help.

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