Evaluating the concept of quantity tracking
In 2017 and early 2018, PlanGrid began researching and exploring ideas on how to drive more proactive tracking (Tracking work defined ahead of time) within PlanGrid. Allowing customers to take scheduled work and make it useful for the field.
First explorations we looked at were around how to track quantity of materials. This being one of the most requested forms of tracking progress.
Quantity tracking research takeaways
Quantity tracking is important to subcontractors because, when compared to the labor hours logged, quantity installed shows whether a project is making or losing money, it reveals inefficiencies in the field, and allows companies to more accurately bid future jobs, increasing the chance for them to make money.
Quantity tracking is only one part of the equation. Subcontractors ultimately want to look at quantity of material installed and labor hours recorded, together. Link to flow
Cost-codes (aka material cost-code, labor code, etc) relate material installed to labor hours. Subcontractors have sets of codes that are usually standard across their projects.
The process to track quantity of material installed—and then to tie back to labor hours—is currently time consuming and not field-friendly.
The ability to calculate quantity is also a valuable tool for the field to estimate quantities in order to purchase material to do the work.