New ICT Tracker Update Announced

Exciting news! A new version of ICT Tracker is now available for download on the App Store. This release includes a number of improvements that require you to update the app before you can continue working with your existing projects. 

Major new features include: 

  • Custom System Statuses: You can now import a CSV file with custom statuses to use within your project.

  • Enhanced Cost Code Support: Each custom status can be associated with a cost code for detailed tracking.

  • Procore Integration: Statuses can be associated with Procore cost codes, enabling status updates in ICT Tracker to populate Procore’s Field Productivity reporting. You can view more on the Procore App Marketplace.

  • Simplified Level Structure: You can now set a single custom level for your project to simplify organization.

IMPORTANT: It is important that you upgrade to the newest version on the App Store prior to using it again after Monday, November 25, 2019. Any previous files based on the old app will no longer work after that date.

New ICT Tracker Features and Updates

Our development team continues to work on adding enhancements and improving usability as requested from our customers making ICT Tracker the “must have” app for contractors.

CUSTOM STATUSES

We have taken installation tracking to a new level by allowing custom statuses to identify installation progress on more types of systems, and at different points of an install. Customers can now set up statuses based on phases for tracking any model elements.

  • Imagine tracking multiple phases such as trenching, or rebar poured for concrete, or tracking mechanical elements such as hung, connected, tested, inspected.

  • Or, how about using the custom statuses to identify model elements that will be next in line for pre-fabrication prior to the actual installation.

  • You can even calculate the materials required for the next phase of the installation by tracking and comparing against the 3D model.

The ability to customize the status feature in ICT Tracker adds more power and control both during and before installation.

CUSTOMIZATION ENHANCEMENTS
  • Ability to edit budget hours as a project budget needs change

  • Ability to standardize the floor level definition to add a level of consistent data eliminating non-standard level definitions.

  • Customized user data can now be imported from Navisworks models

OTHER UPDATES INCLUDE
  • Automated Report Requests

  • Updates to latest releases of Forge, Unity and Vuforia

The Latest Updates to ICT Tracker

The ICT development team has been busy and are pleased to announce many new updates to ICT Tracker.

We have added:

  • More AR Markers reference numbers: 01-36

  • View zoom window option

  • Project selection option by alpha-numeric or import date

  • More software parameters for export

  • An option to load models without AR Markers

We have updated/improved:

  • Updated code for Apple IOS 12

  • AR Marker Indentification in AR Mode

  • Manual Positioning Tools with Restore Original

  • Master file and system load speeds

If you want to learn more about any of these updates or see them in action, contact us for a quick demo.

Double Your Profitability with a 10% Labor Improvement

“CONTRACTORS WHO PERFORM $8,000,000 IN ANNUAL REVENUE CAN DOUBLE THEIR NET PROFITABILITY WITH A 10% IMPROVEMENT IN LABOR PRODUCTIVITY ACROSS ALL PHASES (DETAILING, FABRICATION, AND INSTALLATION).”

This is an impactful statement and one that comes directly from a report just released by The New Horizons Foundation and Maxim Consulting Group and offered by SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association) helps contractors get started or fine-tune productivity tracking in the detailing, fabrication and installation processes.

The report discusses the importance of establishing an effective methodology to track productivity is critical to driving process improvements and increased profitability.  

If you are a member of SMACNA, I invite you to logon and download the paper today. If you are not a member, you may want to join to read this impactful report.

What’s in it for Me? (Known as WIIFM and Pronounced as whiff-em.) The Importance of Field Productivity Training

I read a great article by Ron Roberts that was written back in April 23, 2009, is still relevant today. Ron uses the abbreviated phrase “WIIFM”, where he outlines all the reasons why your field should do productivity tracking. The interesting part is how he outlines all the obvious benefits, but the process he writes about is trying to simplify the process to minimize field time. He states, “You must make recording the data easy. The easier the data is to record, the more likely your crews and foremen will record it accurately.”

He then goes on to talk about paper forms and the process. Forward the clock almost 10 years forward and we now have an easy process that is much more accurate than any paper or .pdf forms. Enter ICT Tracker as a simple solution that uses your existing fabrication models and an iPad to get instant real data from the field to benefit your project management and estimating groups.

He also lists the obvious benefits to the field foreman and company that performance reporting provides:

  • Better work. “It keeps us from blowing bids.”

  • Job security and more hours. “It helps us grow the company.”

  • The thrill of victory. “You will know when you’ve beaten the goal.”

  • Better planning. “Good data lets us set realistic schedules.”

  • Realistic performance standards. “Good data lets us set performance goals that are fair and reasonable.”

  • A foundation for performance based bonuses. “We can share the profits when you beat the budget.”

So if you are ready to take the next step and improve you company’s productivity tracking process, watch our video or register to see a demo of our simple solution to improve your process.

A Marriage of Labor and Productivity. How to Avoid Going to a Counselor When There May Be Problems.

There is a great report that just came out from Dodge and Autodesk on Key Performance Indicators for Construction. As you know, we are passionate about measuring and tracking performance on the job site and knowing how your project teams are performing on a timely basis can make all the difference in overall production and scheduling. Per the report, Labor Production was referenced as one of the “Magic 7,” which are the seven key process indicators that companies say are especially useful to interpret overall performance.

I was most interested in the section on labor production as that is where our product ICT Tracker app can have immediate impact. Per the report, “When it comes to top factors decreasing labor productivity, more trades (68%) point to poor schedule management.” This comes from not knowing your field status for percent complete. As I see it, without a tool like ICT Tracker it is hard to accurately and efficiently track field production and percent complete in a timely manner.

I’ll be sharing with you other points from this report in future blogs.

Learn more about ICT Tracker here or better yet, schedule a demo.