Let’s not kid ourselves, plans change and mistakes happen, regardless of the jobsite or crew. Sticking your head in the dirt won’t make your problems go away. Every time an issue is discovered it comes with a flood of questions: What happened? Why? How? And, ultimately, who’s gonna pay for it, and do I need to call my lawyer?
Construction rework and change-orders are inevitable and too-often the issues that need attention are hidden behind drywall or buried in a slab. Regardless of who made the mistakes, someone has to find and resolve the issue as smoothly and cost effectively as possible to stop a rapidly escalating bill. When that time comes, instead of destructive discovery or using expensive x-ray equipment, why not simply navigate your digital floorplans and see high resolution images of a hidden problem area directly from your smart phone or tablet?
Construction photo documentation systems allow you to literally see exactly what is inside walls, ceilings and floors with enough detail to determine the dimensions of a pipe or find the precise location of a post-tension cable. The old saying is “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but in this industry, professional construction photos indexed by time and location to digital architectural plans can be worth tens (possibly hundreds) of thousands of dollars in rework and dispute resolution savings.
“The detailed photos gave us the information needed to effectively avoid remediation costs of approximately $50,000 when we had to repair a drainage pipe in the slab on grade,” says Jon Cervasio with Facchina Construction of Florida. “The remediation work would have included excavation, repair to waterproofing, repair or replacement of P/T cables… The photos helped us avoid piercing cables in the deck slabs which would have cost an estimated $2500 per cable to repair or replace.”
When errors are discovered or changes are made to the project scope, a good photo documentation system has the power to go back in time and identify the exact location of your critical systems before they were covered up. Without this ability, changes and rework are much more likely to cause delays and incur significant costs as you tear apart your project to find solutions.
“We are approaching the completion of a residential high-rise project on which Multivista has saved us at least $75,000 to date,” Cervasio adds. “Rather than using a ground penetrating radar machine at a cost of $26,000, we were able to use the Multivista Documentation to determine if and where we could core sleeves for additional MEPs without hitting the post tension cables or existing MEP in the slab.”
The larger the project the more valuable good photo documentation becomes… especially when trying to determine if an issue is isolated or systemic. For example, when handrails began pulling out of bathroom walls in a hospital after a large renovation, the maintenance team turned to their Exact-Built® construction documentation. In short order they were able to determine if the issue was unique to one area or prevalent in bathrooms throughout the entire project. In the end, over $200,000 was saved on destructive discovery and as many as nine work-hours per defect.
Plans change and mistakes happen in construction, and these problems can become painfully expensive very quickly. A professional construction photo documentation system brings the truth to the surface and provides solutions quickly and more cost-effectively. So the next time something comes up on a job that makes you want to bury your head in the dirt, ask yourself whether you are looking for hidden problems, or hiding from them?
For real-life examples of how professional visual construction documentation systems can save hundreds of thousands of dollars take a look at these success stories.