Jay Adair, IT Business Manager for Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors in Jacksonville, Fla., said his company has recently started using HeavyJob’s Production Planner to forecast future work. Previously, his foremen had to guess how much work they could complete based on work experience and general knowledge.
“Before, the guys would say, ‘I’ve been doing this for a long time. I know what needs to get done,’” Adair said. “But when you take the real-world data and analyze it, there’s a difference between what you think and what really happens. While they may think they’re hitting the mark, they may be missing something important. But now they’re putting that data into the app and getting real-time analysis.”
The foremen enter their tasks for the next day or week based on the crews being used and their historical production, then the superintendents review the plan to make sure it looks achievable.
“We’re in the early stages of figuring out just how much impact this has, but we’re starting to see good signs,” Adair said. “The guys using it are starting to show improvement on not going over budget and time.”