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Outlier Construction Uses Raken to Save Time and Stay Ahead

Outlier Construction logo.

Outlier Construction is a Southern Oregon-based real estate development and construction firm. They combine real estate professionals with financial know-how to analyze, budget, and construct residential and commercial projects.

Testimonial: Outlier.

The problem: Standing out from other contractors

From the start (and as their name suggests), Outlier Construction wanted to set their projects apart from the rest. But as a self-performing GC, communication between the field and office wasn’t the most efficient.

The solution: Digitizing field and office workflows

With Raken, Outlier Construction can manage all their crews and subcontractors in one place. Since field data is easy to collect and store, Outlier’s team can focus on improving projects—and standing out.

Outlier Construction sign on brick wall.

Approaching construction in a new way

Outlier Construction’s early days consisted of working on fold-out tables and laptops from the basement. They even had to go outside to take phone calls. It was during those formative years that Outlier Construction realized their vision: to do things differently from the rest.

“The other companies in this valley can feel stale. It's the same thing over and over. They do things the same way they've been doing it for the past 30, 40, 50 years,” said Robb Mayers, CEO of Outlier Construction. “We're taking a different spin on things. You can see it in the way we work with our subcontractors, the way we treat our employees, and the way we deal with clients."

Helping field crews complete reports, faster

Field data is crucial to keeping projects on track. When you know what’s happening on the jobsite in real time, you can ensure things get done (and potentially reduce costs). That’s why Outlier Construction uses Raken to collect daily reports from their field crews.

“Our guys have to do daily reports every day. While there's a lot of different ways you can do them, having a tool that is so advanced and unique and great [means] the guys can do them on a phone, without a laptop or a tablet,” said Mayers.

Raken has saved us a lot of time and money in a lot of different ways.
Robb M., CEO

In addition to work logs, photos, and notes, Raken automatically captures weather conditions. That means field crews can send project updates throughout the day—and not spend hours after work manually entering data in the trailer. Reports are more consistent and accurate too, so things can get done faster and better.

construction site photo on mobile phone.

"Raken helps our guys get their reports done on time, rather than waiting to do them. Raken also tracks the weather they need to look at, it’s tracking the subs, and the time cards for all employees,” said Mayers.

There are so many other steps we used to do that we don’t have to do anymore, which is making us more efficient and allowing us to track our jobs better.
Robb M., CEO

Streamlining payroll with digital time cards

Daily reports were only the beginning for Outlier Construction. Time tracking is another key area of construction—and inaccurate hours can eat a company alive. But Raken makes collecting time data (and processing it) easy.

“Before Raken, we spent so much time on time cards and it still didn't add up,” said Mayers. “Raken makes payroll processing way easier."

Contractor viewing work log data in Raken.

Raken’s time cards can be filled out right from the mobile app. Once they’re signed off, time cards can be approved and locked to prevent any edits. Raken also integrates with accounting software, so payroll teams can import accurate time data every time.

Raken has improved the time that it takes to do time cards, and the overall accuracy. The number of pay complaints from our employees are down to zero.
Keith A., Operations Manager

Training subcontractors in minutes, not days

One of the most important things to consider about new software is the onboarding process. Sometimes, onboarding and training for subcontractors can last days—taking time away from the projects at hand. Raken made sure Outlier Construction’s crews were up to speed in no time.

"The training on Raken is so easy. It's a five-to-ten-minute conversation with a guy," Mayers said. "We have them download the app on their phone, and show them what to do. It's as simple as the superintendent that's out in the field logging into that job, and putting down what they're doing for the day. It's pretty bulletproof."

Create more efficient projects with Raken

With Raken, Outlier Construction can collect better field data in real time. Using these insights, they can make better business decisions to set themselves apart.

Schedule a demo to see how you can improve your efficiency with Raken—just like Outlier Construction.

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