At a construction firm with multiple site locations
How Mela helps a civil engineer manage and communicate his projects without effort
|“Mela simplified my life by streamlining the process and getting all parties on the same page… The geo-localisation feature also allows me to view all projects on a map and easily access project details.”|
Paul is a civil engineer in charge of residential construction and renovation works in London. He runs six sites that are far apart and at different stages of completion. Paul remembers how managing his teams and ensuring all parties were on the same page used to be a “nightmare.”
“It’s not easy to handle multiple sites,” he says. “Coordinating with contractors and keeping owners up to date was taking more time than field activities.”
Like many other building professionals, Paul used to look after fieldwork by taking pictures with his phone, sending them to contractors via email or instant messaging apps and then downloading them into separate folders on his laptop to keep a record. He would then create reports at the end of the workday by inserting the pictures into Word documents while trying to recollect the progress of each project. Miscommunication was not unusual, resulting in reworks, wasted time and rising costs.
“Mela simplified my life by streamlining the process and getting all parties on the same page,” Paul says. “I can now keep track of all my projects and share my updates with anyone. All my information is collected, tracked and retrievable on a single platform. The geo-localisation feature also allows me to view all projects on a map and easily access project details.”
In the field, Paul and his contractors use Mela to take pictures and record voice messages as part of specific Mela tasks. After creating Mela workgroups they can share the task details with everyone effortlessly. Owners are kept informed, too, which saves time and speeds up decision making.
Mela also makes it simple to keep track of resources, people and materials at the job sites. The feature to sign off tasks with a timestamp promotes transparency and ensures that previously entered information can’t be modified.
Once field activities are completed, Paul uses Mela to generate instant reports and share them with all relevant parties with the tap of a button. That means Paul can enjoy more time for himself instead of organising information on his laptop and preparing reports.
With all project information now instantly available to all parties and fully trackable through a web portal, Paul has noted fewer errors requiring reworks since he started using Mela.
“If something goes wrong, it’s easier to determine where the gaps were and to identify corrective actions,” he says. “Looking back, I cannot imagine how I could do this without Mela.”