Steve Little, “Head Coach” and Jayne Williams, CFO of KPost Company in Dallas, TX, spoke at the TARC summer meeting in Destin, FL regarding technology in today’s roofing company. Steve stated, “Technology isn’t for everyone, but accountability on projects is.” Although Steve and Jayne spoke to many technological topics, the job site reporting app seemed to have the most interest from the participants.
KPost uses an app called Construction Superintendent, available at iTunes for $99.99. This application streamlines the process of gathering and reporting critical construction project information. It provides a comprehensive set of site management forms and administrative support tools that raise the efficiency and effectiveness of project superintendents and foremen, helping to ensure that activities and events are well documented and that your projects stay on schedule. KPost has found that after setting the expectations up from the pre-construction meeting before the job starts with the superintendent and crew, the daily report from the jobsite acts as a silent visual manager validating the work performance to specs and submittals. These daily reports are not only distributed to the
superintendents, but are available for the project managers, consultants and clients alike to follow the progress of the project.
Jayne Williams who is also KPost’s Safety Officer, appreciates the accountability to safety these daily reports provide. Foreman are required to shoot pictures of safety and field conditions demonstrating KPost’s safety policies are indeed being followed on each daily report. Another great process KPost uses is to shoot the picture of any visitors to the projects and define any instructions or comments accordingly.
Consultants, client representatives and manufacturers consistently visit, and by capturing their picture and commentary, it has eliminated contradicting comments and eliminated stress during the project. Daily reports also capture the number of jobs being visited by superintendents and project managers during the construction phases, allowing an internal ‘checks and balance system’ to ensure the project is being managed appropriately.
Although KPost originally used the Construction Superintendent app for its low slope commercial projects, we have incorporated this into our residential division. Homeowners are just as interested in the progress of their roof as are our commercial clients. Most homeowners never make it to the top of their roof and this gives them a visual tool to see exactly what they have. For $0.27/day or $99.99/year, KPost has a silent management tool for the project construction, an internal daily reporting process to all involved in the project, and a marketing tool to demonstrate the great work our team does for our clients and manufacturers.