Are you familiar with the feeling of a stomach upset when your business is unprofitable due to another’s fault? Your company did everything right, but another company working on the project ruined the work of your business. You still bear the losses.
This also happened at one of the companies that used Lokcheck. At the construction site, the company handed over the part of the building it had constructed, in which an error was later reported and a repair was requested from the company. However, the error was caused by the next subcontractor. Thanks to its documentation, it was able to pass on the $10 000 penalty originally charged to its company to the real pest (next subcontractor), as the correct execution was documented with photos, the date of completion and the results of safety measurements.
This situation occurs countless times in the construction industry. Countless professions work side by side and the responsibilities in retrospect may not be clear. In reality, everything is clear, everything has to go according to plan, but this is not usually the case. The point is, without conviction, responsibility is in a dual position as Shrödinger’s macho; until we open the box, it is equally possible that the cat is alive or dead, existing in both states. In our case, the cause of the construction error made must be determined by opening the box.
What can you do as a project owner?
You will need a common administration system. The easiest way to find the cause of the error is to have a database that organizes field reports over time. By making simple status photos mandatory, you can make clear when what was done and whether the performance is right. It could be email or Google Drive, but Lokcheck’s reporting system is a much more elegant and efficient solution to this.
With the introduction of Lokcheck, the daily administration of project managers can be reduced from several hours to a few minutes. In addition, measurement protocols can be collected in Lokcheck, so that, for example, the necessary metrics for the handover of the project can be clearly reported with an electrical implementation.
What can you do as a subcontractor?
If you use a joint system with the main contractor, run it. If not, make it for yourself. The company in our example was able to avoid mandatory repairs because it made reports of the construction site every day, with Lokcheck, attaching photos. Through the reports, the correct execution was clearly visible. After the company used Lokcheck to communicate between the site and the managers, the main contractor had to be involved to prove proper performance. Our company had no choice but to launch a PDF export from their reports in Lokcheck. This gave them a summary of the whole process, which showed the daily passage from the first to the last day. It is thus clear to the main contractor that the company using Lokcheck could not have made a mistake.
Have you been affected by correcting another mistake that has caused your business to lose money?
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