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3 Ways Integrating Construction Cameras with your PMS Boosts Productivity and Collaboration

On complex construction projects, productivity equals profits. And technology is opening doors for construction firms to streamline workflows, improve communications and collaboration, budget time and resources more accurately, and reduce delays.

According to MCAA, poor construction logistics have a 50% or more impact on productivity, and more than half of rework that leads to project delays are caused by poor project data and miscommunication. That’s over $31 billion in rework in the U.S. in 2018 alone. As much as $4.2 billion a year in the U.S. is the cost of rework caused by poor document control.

Yet despite these numbers, much of the work that goes into managing construction projects is manual or dispersed among several applications. Many construction companies still use paper plans, and prepare daily reports manually. Firms still toggle between email, spreadsheets, productivity apps and construction management software as they struggle to communicate and collaborate effectively to meet tight project deadlines.

Capturing and retaining more data during design, construction and closeout could reduce lifecycle operations costs significantly — and better ways to share that project data can make teams more productive. And as projects become increasingly complex — with distributed teams and remote stakeholders — technology is the only way to do it right. Integrating construction cameras with project management software may be the key.

A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words — and More Efficient
A recent integration of Procore’s leading platform for construction management with the TrueLook’s interactive construction cameras offers unprecedented levels of productivity by improving and simplifying project management.

Procore’s universal platform connects construction teams, applications and devices to a central hub to enable real-time collaboration, from bidding to closeout, on any device. More than two million people use Procore construction management software platform globally.

The integration of TrueLook’s cameras with Procore enables teams to do a lot more with the platform. They can:

  • View live camera on Procore project’s home screen to monitor real-time jobsite conditions.
  • Create custom time-lapses for documentation and marketing, and access all historical images within Procore.
  • Send any photo from TrueLook to Procore with notes or markup, to help explain status updates, delays or requests.
  • Access or send photos to Procore contacts from within TrueLook.
  • Record and document activity at the jobsite 24×7.

All of these features help to improve collaboration between teams and other stakeholders — something that typically takes a lot of time and effort during complex projects.

The TrueLook/Procore integration improves productivity and simplifies collaboration in three important ways:

  1. When you log in to Procore, a live image from your jobsite appears in a sidebar. Stakeholders can log in anywhere to see what’s going on at that moment at the jobsite. This reduces travel costs while keeping everyone up to date with a project’s progress, weather conditions, and jobsite activities.
  2. Because TrueLook cameras send all timelapse footage to the Procore platform, documentation is automatic and always accessible. A full photo history of a project comes in handy in many scenarios, including security investigations, justifying expenses or delays, and marketing and bidding for new projects.
  3. Since teams can now reach Procore contacts from within TrueLook, it’s easy to email anyone involved with the project photo updates — right from within the platform, eliminating the need to toggle between Procore, TrueLook and email applications.

TrueLook’s integration with Procore will be demonstrated at Groundbreak 2018, the construction industry’s premier conference in Austin Texas, November 13-15. You can learn more here.