Ask anyone who runs a construction company about their biggest project management issue and you’ll typically hear: “keeping plans updated across the entire organization, in and out of the field.” For an industry that relies on specificity, erroneous or outdated data can have a significant impact on a company’s profitability. When information is not shared and there is no equal access to plans, time and money are lost. To resolve this problem, the construction industry needs enterprise-wide access to the most recent, updated plans. Cloud-based solutions that provide real-time collaboration will allow construction companies to operate effectively with a single set of master plans, ostensibly creating a “single truth.”
The nature of our industry’s current problems is based on a system that that has become standard practice. We have a paper-based process that is fallible: taking meticulous notes on sites, faxing contracts and change orders and approvals back and forth, and keeping decade-long paper trails for audits and other purposes. While paper-based processes are subject to human error, physical documents can easily be destroyed, and data entry creates workflow redundancies. Cloud-based digital processes can virtually eliminate these pain points and many others. In fact, as the construction industry adopts this technology, more builders and contractors will experience the value seamless communications, collaboration, and project-management solutions can offer. This is why On Center developed Oasis.
THE OASIS PLATFORM
On Center Software’s new cloud-based Oasis Platform provides construction companies with up-to-date plans in real time, across an entire organization, eliminating a problem that has been a chronic bane of the industry. True multi-tenant and service-oriented cloud software brings many benefits to the construction world, including disaster recovery, lower cost of ownership, and greater flexibility to adapt to changes in the business. The platform is architected with standard integration capabilities that will enable companies, over time, to choose best-of-breed software applications and customize their individual workflows without spending the time and money to do one-off integration.
The Oasis Platform is the foundation for seamless integration for applications across the construction project lifecycle, with robust security and data storage capabilities. The platform initially supports several cloud applications: Oasis Takeoff and Oasis FieldCenter are the first two that have been launched. Oasis Takeoff enables true team estimating and Oasis FieldCenter allows for real-time collaboration between the office and the field.
FROM THE FIELD
Scott Scully, senior manager, at TAS Concrete has used the technology and states, “I believe that On Center’s Oasis Platform and solutions will help in critical areas of our business. Oasis Takeoff and FieldCenter will lead to improvements in overall estimating efficiency, document control with the field, and end of the month report processes.”
The quest for a single truth is now an actionable reality; solutions like On Center’s Oasis Platform are harbingers of the construction industry’s future.