Having implemented the use of Fieldlens by RedTeam at his previous company, Hendrik introduced the solution to his team at Tri-Star to help streamline communication and drive accountability. Fieldlens is an intuitive construction jobsite management solution that helps connect teams in real time. As a Site Manager in his previous role, Hendrik had quickly picked up Fieldlens to post wastage, create tags, print reports and update contract changes.
Tackling the real-time communication issues was the main driver for bringing Fieldlens to Tri-Star, but Hendrik knew that it was important to get buy-in from his team first to guarantee a successful rollout. He found his executive sponsor in Louis Opperman, Contracts Director at Tri-Star, who was keen on finding innovations that would solve their problems. That executive support enabled them to find ways to use Fieldlens to standardize real-time communication across the company and with their contractors.
Bringing along their contractors on this technology implementation journey was critical for Tri-Star, especially on high-profile projects like the University of the Witwatersrand. Now they’re able to count on their subcontractors and consultants to create their submittals and punch items directly on site and have them posted immediately in Fieldlens, so the responsible teams can instantly take action. Fieldlens helps keep everyone focused on critical tasks and provides direct access to up-to-date plan revisions, digitally and readily available in the palm of their hand. Site Agent, Nico Nagel, who’s tasked with managing the Wits Digital Dome project on behalf of Tri-Star Construction remarks the positive impact this transition has had: “With submittals, the access to drawings is available straight away and you’re working off the latest ones. It makes life much easier and much quicker.”
To solve their problem with subcontractor accountability, Tri-Star Construction uses Fieldlens to take a picture of every skip that leaves the site and tags every contractor who dumps their rubble there. “We run a report twice a week so they get a report in their inbox and they know they’ve been tagged on the skip that left the site this week, and there can’t be any more arguments,” explains Prince. This updated process allows them to have consistent communication with their subs and adds the necessary proof to improve accountability across parties and decrease confusion.