Raken Improves Lives of Field Workers at Sundt
You would be hard-pressed to find a more diverse company than Sundt Construction. It is one of the largest employee-owned construction companies in the United States. It helped build Los Alamos, New Mexico and relocated the London Bridge to Arizona. Throughout the Southwest, Sundt has a growing and profitable portfolio of projects in industries ranging from education to healthcare and mining to transportation. As they have grown, Sundt is constantly looking for ways to improve their processes, an assignment Dominic Daughtrey, continuous improvement program director at Sundt, has been tasked with. And to help Sundt improve, he recommends Raken.
Outdated Software Wastes Time
Old software was the first problem Daughtrey and the superintendents found when they took a hard look at their processes. "What we were using to process daily reports, the software we had implemented, none of the superintendents enjoyed working with it," says Daughtrey, "it was very time consuming, the value-added portion of getting the information and putting it into a format that's easily consumable was very hard with that software." While the software was giving Daughtrey a headache, it wasn't fairing much better for the superintendents in the field. Dave Storvis, a Sundt project superintendent with over 35 years of experience, notes "If someone was working on, say, the foundations for three or four or five days I would have to go in and enter the same information three, four, or five times." What Daughtrey and Storvis identified a common failing with using outdated technology: it takes too long, it's not enjoyable to work with, and you spend too much time entering redundant information.
We were able to implement Raken seamlessly and efficiently, and not only with our employees but with the subcontractors as well. We haven't seen any software yet in the industry that is so intuitive and user-friendly.
— Dominic Daughtrey, Continuous Improvement Program Manager
A Streamlined Process
To make their processes more efficient and save field workers time, Daughtrey implemented Raken and immediately saw improvement. First, the daily reports themselves got better. "We're not just capturing the daily report info of what the weather was like, how many people were on site, or what scopes they did," says Daughtrey, "we're actually capturing safety documentation, permits, inspections, were doing all that and were consolidating it into a single source of information for that day." With Raken, not only were Sundt's field personnel making better reports, they were making them in less time. "As far as time savings, it's better than 50% of my time," says Storvis, "the logistics of a daily report are done in five or six clicks. I can then put it down and go out in the field doing what I do best."
As far as time savings, it's better than 50% of my time. The logistics of a daily report are done in five or six clicks. I can then put it down and go out in the field doing what I do best.
— Dave Storvis, Project Superintendent
More than the quality of the reports or the speed they can be completed, what impressed Sundt most about Raken was how easy it was to implement with little to no training. "We were able to implement Raken seamlessly and efficiently, and not only with our employees but with the subcontractors as well," says Daughtrey, "we haven't seen any software yet in the industry that is so intuitive and user-friendly. There are multiple ways to enter the data, and entering it is so much easier than other software we've used." Storvis confirms what Daughtrey observed, saying "I found Raken simplified. I can review the sub's input at the end of the day, and once I see that it's correct it's a simple sign and qualify."
- Intuitive and user-friendly interface makes for quick implementation and high adoption.
- Capture manpower hours, safety documentation, permits, and inspections in one place.
- 50% time savings with comprehensive daily report done in minutes.
Perhaps the most important lesson that Sundt can teach us is to choose a daily reporting tool that superintendents in the field enjoy working with. Raken's intuitive interface and user-friendly approach to daily reports has led to high adoption and compliance within Sundt while simultaneously saving the workers in the field valuable time filling out their dailies.
We couldn't be prouder to work with a company like Sundt. Founded in 1890, Sundt Construction, Inc. is one of the country's most innovative and respected general contractors, performing work in the transportation, industrial, and building markets. The 100 percent employee-owned company is consistently ranked among the 100 largest general contractors in the U.S. and was named the nation's safest construction company by the AGC in 2006 and 2016. With offices throughout the Southwest, the company is united around a single purpose: to build environments where our clients, employee-owners, and communities prosper. To find out more, visit Sundt's website or call 520-750-4600.