Field reporting in construction is the standard way that management maintains accurate records of day-to-day work progress, incidents, and all aspects of project management. Finding the personalized solutions that work for your team can improve your day-to-day processes and the bottom line for your business. Here are four best practices for field reporting in construction on how to keep reliable and detailed records:
1. Don’t rely on memory
Write it down. Relying on your memory to fill out a field report that is older than a day is risky business. Staying on top of your field reports daily and throughout the day, will help reduce the risk of forgetting what took place on a given day, during an incident, or progress details will increase accuracy, transparency, and reliability.
2. Take lots of photos
Take and attach photos for reference. Describing things in sufficient detail can be challenging. For easy reporting and description, attach photos of work progress, safety violations or concerns, and potential issues.
3. Report throughout the day
Report in real-time, don’t wait until the end of a long day. Using a field reporting app can cut down on end-of-day work and simplify the reporting process by providing fields, forms, and features meant to save time and money. Also, don’t forget to enable offline capabilities for when you are working in areas with no Wi-Fi.
4. Be consistent
Never skip a day. Reduce liabilities and improve your bottom line by staying consistent. Being disciplined about record-keeping by filling out daily field reports will help to catch small issues before they become big issue and prevent risk.
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