Blog

New Integration Technology Breaks Down Construction Industry Productivity Barriers

On-the-go construction workers in the field need to find relevant information quickly from project plans to emails, tasks and schedules – with, or without network coverage. harmon.ie is a digital workforce innovator looking to empower construction personnel with mobile and offline access to critical documents, checklists, emails and more by increasing collaboration capabilities and breaking down productivity barriers.

Construction companies send enormous numbers of project-related emails and documents to a wide variety of employees, contractors, suppliers, vendors and customers. Timely project delivery and smooth operations at building sites depend on the constant exchange of these documents and emails, requiring anytime, anywhere access and intelligent document management to easily find the right information.

Collaboration Should Be Simple

The harmon.ie enterprise collaboration hub helps empower construction personnel to edit, store, classify, retrieve and collaborate on large amounts of data, in both emails and documents, with a few simple clicks on the desktop or from mobile devices. This simplification and automation of the process encourages rapid user adoption and widespread, consistent use of Office 365 and SharePoint in the office and on-site.

harmon.ie creates a contextual, single-app activity stream of multiple cloud services from leading enterprise cloud vendors including Microsoft, Salesforce.com and NetSuite across mobile devices and desktop computers. For Microsoft customers, harmon.ie increases adoption and return on investments in SharePoint, Office 365 and other Microsoft collaboration products, thereby enabling email management, records management, knowledge retention and notes to Outlook migration initiatives.

“Our field workers need access to critical documents and emails — anytime, anywhere,” says Atilla Kücük, information technology division manager, Leonhard Weiss — serving 4,000 employees throughout Europe. Leonhard Weiss is one of the global companies harmon.ie serves.

“Our employees continuously work with approximately 900 templates to correctly handle construction site application procedures, from setup to handling instructions,” explains Kücük. “This is why enormous volumes of email traffic build up every day. We’ve built a bridge to SharePoint using harmon.ie as a single, central document repository. harmon.ie lets us store, share and access emails as the important documents they are. harmon.ie makes the entire process of document handling easier for the employee, so that use of the SharePoint server has increased massively.” 

Offline, But Still On-track

With more integrated platforms such as harmon.ie, leading construction companies are able to give field workers offline access to important plans, drawings, contact lists and more. In addition, users can annotate PDF documents and drawings and upload pictures from work sites that can be automatically associated with specific building projects — all without relying on network coverage.

The harmon.ie solution also gives workers easy access to task lists, calendar events, etc. on their mobile devices. Once the user reconnects to a network, harmon.ie automatically synchronizes all of the changes.

“harmon.ie offers a huge boon to construction companies that want to tap into the value of the digital workplace by making sure business-critical emails and documents are not lost in the frenetic pace of today’s business,” says Daren Dewbre, managing consultant for Xgility, another firm that utilizes harmon.ie’s integration technology. “With robust solutions for both the desktop and mobile devices, harmon.ie provides a complete construction solution offering a reliable repository of traditional documents and emails that the average worker can actually use.”

Digital floor plans

More companies are taking advantage of integration platforms and offline task managers that allow work to progress on job sites that are not always served by Internet connections. 

Other applications, like these mentioned by Daily Reporter, also help manage and monitor safety protocols on the job or assist in construction calculations:

  • Safety Meeting and iSafe Inspections cover numerous trades and help construction teams save money by allowing users to automate the type of inspection, including safety audits, work orders, property assessments, asset management and more.

  • BuildCalc, an advanced construction calculator, is easy to use and consistently voted one of the best iPhone and Andriod apps in the construction field.

  • Fieldwire is a construction planning app used by thousands of companies that makes planning easy for foremen, project managers and superintendents. The organizational app allows project leaders to look at the most up-to-date set of plans and share information from job photos to daily punch lists.

  • iHandy Carpenter offers five tools in one including leveling, measuring and more.

Online and offline, field work is becoming increasingly facilitated by mobile technologies and all-in-one integration platforms. Want more info on how tech is improving worksite safety? Check out our blog on wearables at work.

 

 

Testimonials

It was an absolute pleasure to work with the writers and editorial team at TrueLine Publishing for our recent article in US Builders Review. From the start of the project, it was apparent that everyone involved was very concerned with accuracy and getting the facts right. They were also very conscientious about soliciting our feedback and ensuring that we were happy with the content and with the manner in which Giroux Glass was described in the finalized piece.
— Barbara Kotsos, Director of Marketing & PR, Giroux Glass
I’m blown away with the value that could come out of our partnership through this article. Working with the US Builders Review team is something that I have never experienced before and every day I feel even more privileged to be with EJH Construction, I never take for granted the opportunities that have come my way.  I am so excited about what our future looks like based on the relationship that has been built with the US Builders Review team.
Jennifer Wilhelmsen – Director of Human Resources, EJH Construction Inc.
On behalf of Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, I would like to thank you for showcasing our company as a cover story in US Builders Review, and express our gratitude for a job well done in putting together an impressive editorial product. We already have received a great deal of positive feedback on the article and are confident it will be a very effective tool for sharing Alfred Sanzari Enterprises’ story, and our new hotel project, with a national audience of industry professionals. Please also extend our thanks to everyone on your team that helped in any way to produce this article. This was truly a collaborative effort.  Your staff listened to our feedback and was incredibly professional and accommodating to our requests throughout the entire process. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with US Builders Review on future projects.
— Ryan Sanzari, Director of Operations, Alfred Sanzari Enterprises
Thank you all your efforts in putting together such a great article about our company in US Builders Review. DH Construction appreciates the professional manner in which your team worked with us to achieve the stateside exposure we were after; especially taking the time to get all of the facts correct. In short, the article was extremely well put together and we have already received a great deal of feedback, interest, and compliments as a result of the piece. Once again, we appreciate all the effort, and without a doubt, we will not hesitate to work with your organization again in the future.
— Daniel Harrigan, Principal, DH Construction
My experience with US Builders Review was positive from start to finish. The staff conducted each interaction with the utmost professionalism, whether over the phone or by email. Beginning with the initial telephone interview US Builders Review carefully gathered information to form a draft document then incorporated my minimal edits required to achieve factual accuracy in the finished article. US Builders Review is a pleasure to work with.
— Tim Craddock, President, Vansant & Gusler Inc.
Professional with attention to customer’s needs. Well prepared vision for article while open to suggestions. Provided plenty feedback and review prior to final draft. Thanks in advance for the assistance and promotion of our organization!
— Jason Lee, LEED AP O+M, Director of Sustainability and Optimization for Harvard Maintenance
I would like to commend the US Builders Review staff for their work in developing and writing a fantastic article for Miller Contracting Group, Inc. It was truly a pleasure to work with their professional and well organized staff.
— Chuck Daniels, Business Manager, Miller Contracting Group Inc.
I was contacted as a nominee for the Greenbuild Editor’s Choice 2016 recognition and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Working with US Builders Review has been a blessing for my company. Erica Berry took an awesome interview in the initial call as she gathered data for the article. She was concerned about how we became us, and she made me feel important by listening and taking notes. Then there is Ian Nichols who made me feel so comfortable in sharing my story, and Molly Shaw who interviewed me as well, as she was getting ready to create an awesome article about my company -- and I must say she nailed it on the first run! What a pleasure it has been to work with everyone. This feature on Container Homes USA will help me push the company into the forefront at the Greenbuild Expo 2016.
— Derrick C. W. Childs, Director Construction & Design, Container Homes USA
The staff was very helpful and easy to work with while developing our story. They were always open to our ideas and provided us useful information to maximize our visibility using social media. We were certainly pleased with final article.
— Daryl Whitmer, Marketing Program Manager, Harrison French & Associates (HFA)
Everyone that we worked with was polite, professional, responsive & very good to work with. It was amazing to see the ideas transformed into the final product. We are very happy with the end results and would not hesitate to work with them in the future or recommend them to other business!
— James Kowalski, Owner, Kowalski Construction Inc.

LATEST EDITION

Spring 2018

READ NOW

GET US BUILDERS REVIEW IN YOUR INBOX.

  • * We’ll never share your email or info with anyone.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.