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Unleashing Productivity for Drywall Subcontractors with Technology [Ebook]

Don’t Arrive Late to the Party–Leverage the Right Technology Today

Drywall subcontractors face a multitude of challenges on today’s project sites. The largest challenge arises when drywall teams can only complete large parts of their work once the other specialty trades have finished their part. When so many outside factors and unforeseen conditions impact the project schedule, drywall subcontractors simply don’t have full control over their part of the work.

A crowded jobsite

MEP contractors are typically made up of three separate subcontractors: a mechanical sub, an electrical sub and a plumbing sub. These specialty contractors may even subcontract portions of their work out to more subcontractors. If ‘three’s a crowd’ adding more drywall subcontractors into the mix of people on the jobsite with widely different scopes of work makes it nearly impossible to quickly respond to any problems that come up.

Typically the work is staggered in the project schedule to allow for a deliberate approach for when teams come on and off the project site. However, when schedules start slipping and the plan goes out the window, drywall subcontractors can struggle to be productive and meet their deadlines when everyone else is on-site and behind schedule.

Mistakes cost drywall teams time and money

We’re all familiar with teams building off the wrong set of drawings or missing a change order that got pushed to the bottom of their inbox. When a project is already behind schedule, these types of problems amount to even more wasted money and time. Fortunately, we’ve put together a guide to help drywall subcontractors get on track with modern construction productivity tools.

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What’s Inside

View our SlideShare to see a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside the ebook, “Industry Secrets to Boost Productivity for Drywall Subcontractors”:

By downloading our ebook, drywall subcontractors will gain valuable insight in:

  • Meeting project schedules and deadlines
  • Collaborating with GCs and other trades
  • Managing construction plans, documents and versions
  • Preventing costly errors and rework
  • Completing effective project closeouts
  • Attracting new talent as the workforce ages
  • Scaling as your organization grows

A Case Study in Drywall: The Raymond Group

The Raymond Group is a top interior and exterior contractor in the United States. In 2014, the Las Vegas division began working on a $450 million arena project. They completed all of the metal framing, drywall and painting for the arena, as well as the exterior and plasterwork.

The challenges with the arena project were significant, given the building’s size. Sharing information among the team via paper or email had the potential to open the team up to making mistakes based upon inaccurate or out of date details. When the arena job came along, it was a huge selling point that many of their teams were already using PlanGrid. The onsite team already had tablets, so it made sense to give them better access to all of the information they needed every day.

PlanGrid Brought Results

The most significant impact PlanGrid had was the ability to document issues in the field in a way that made it easy for the customer to understand, therefore increasing their recovery of costs. Previously they had a 70% cost recovery of project delays and impacts. With PlanGrid, they drove that up to a 90% recoveryjust from improved issue documentation. The Raymond Group also saved five hours per week in labor, per person on the job.

The team estimated that it was possible to eliminate 90% of their drawings. Within a year of using PlanGrid, they had eliminated paper drawings entirely. During construction, a foreman was on each of the eight levels of the project. With at least 5,000 pages of blueprints stored on an iPad, each person would have needed a cart with 200 pounds of paper on it in order to carry the same number of sheets with them.

It’s Time for Drywall Subcontractors to Get Productive

With the right tools, drywall subcontractors have the opportunity to take control of their work amidst the large number of players on every construction site. Finding a platform that provides better access to data, consistency in tracking project details and clear communicationdrywall subcontractors will be more productive and profitable as a result.

Download our ebook now to get started.

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Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas is a Content Marketing Manager at PlanGrid. He develops PlanGrid’s content strategy and creates assets to educate their customers based on his experience working at Gilbane Building Co. and Truebeck Construction. He has more than six years of marketing experience and a Bachelor's Degree in Scientific and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University.