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May 16, 2018

iPad saves Dallas construction firm $1.8 million annually

Dallas construction company Rogers-O’Brien started using iPads on sites for the last five years, reports Business Insider, in a project overseen by director of applied technology Todd Wynne. Out of the 340 employees working for the firm, 190 possess an iPad for work purposes. 

“Everyone on the operations staff gets an iPad that comes to work at Rogers O’Brien,” advises Wynne. The half of the company that receives an iPad effectively consists of those working in the field, namely anyone who isn’t in the office full-time. 

The iPads play a role in helping to manage the vast amounts of paperwork involved in a construction project, including keeping all involved working from the same up-to-date version of building plans. This “One Truth” method is estimated to save around 7 percent on costs for each project, due to a reduction in mistakes caused by using outdated documents. 

The paperless approach also minimizes issues with the sheer mass of documents that are created during construction. Likening it to the manual, product description, warranty, and other items that ship with a TV, Wynne suggests “imagine the same documentation for every component in a building.” 

The paper-based approach cost an average of $10,000 per project in printing costs alone, but it isn’t the only way the company has saved money. Traveling to an on-site trailer to check a reference wasted time, and so far the use of iPads to check on the spot is thought to have saved close to 55,000 hours of employee time. 

Since the iPad-based system was introduced, the firm has bought approximately 300 iPads, buying between 10 and 50 at a time from the local Apple Store at first, without any discounting or extra support from Apple itself. The high iPad sales caught the eye of the Apple Store manager, who asked Wynne to teach seminars at the store about using iPads in business. 

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