Autodesk builds more automation and visibility into PlanGrid

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Advanced RFIs and Project Hub designed to boost project visibility and extend workflows to site

Autodesk has added two new features to its PlanGrid platform with a view to giving construction teams greater visibility into a project’s progress and unforeseen challenges.

Advanced RFIs is designed to automate the Request for Information (RFI) workflow to speed up the process.

Project Hub provides an actionable picture of key project activity in one central location within PlanGrid’s software.

“On a typical project, we’re managing vast quantities of information, and we need a way to make this information manageable and easily accessible,” said Rob Winklepleck, General Manager, West Brothers Construction. “If my team doesn’t have the insights we need, work stalls out and it can cause a domino effect on interrelated resources across the project.

“The new features in PlanGrid not only help speed up the building process but also show me exactly what needs to happen to move the project forward. My team is able to get a quick response to pressing issues, and I spend less time calling or walking back and forth from the trailer to the field to verify work.”

PlanGrid’s Advanced RFIs automate the RFI process by giving construction teams a visual and structured workflow to manage and distribute questions and answers efficiently and intuitively. Any project member can quickly draft a question from a log or sheet and attach photos, and then track RFI progress all from within PlanGrid. Reviewers are notified and can respond by email, and answers are immediately distributed to all critical team members. Responses are also automatically added to the RFI history within PlanGrid’s platform to decrease miscommunication.

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Project Hub is a centralised place within PlanGrid’s platform where project engineers and managers can get a snapshot of their project in real-time and take action on the most critical site operations. With an uncluttered interface it is designed to deliver a ‘holistic picture’ of all project activity, with a view to providing instant answers to questions such as, “What has changed on the project? Does everyone have the most up-to-date information? What tasks need to be assigned or are still incomplete?”

 

 

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