You’ve just come back from the job site with a stack of papers that now need to filed and processed – oh, and possibly rewritten as one has a giant muddy footprint on it.
You’ve heard your colleagues in the industry talking about QA software and how simple it has made their projects and quality assurance processes, and think it might just be worth checking it out.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a quick FAQ to help answer any burning questions you may have.
What is QA software?
QA software allows you to manage all aspects of the quality assurance process of your construction project in real time. From a single piece of software you can plan and execute your construction QA processes seamlessly, record important information such as on site checks/inspections, photos, and council reports, access important documentation and track project status and updates from wherever you are.
Why is it important?
Quality is the ultimate measure of your progress and success, so you want to make sure you can track your progress and keep all project information accurate, up-to-date and in the one place – easily accessible to those that need it. You also want project details to be available to those who need it most, wherever they may be. By using a cloud based QA software system anyone can upload, access and edit documentation in real-time, meaning there’s no delay in progress on the job site, and there’s complete overview of the quality of the build.
An efficient Quality Assurance process will also save you time and money, as traditionally tedious and time-consuming tasks are automated, making it all the more efficient.
How does it aid the quality assurance process?
Have you ever lost important information, had to track it down, replicate it, or wait hours, or even days, for a vital piece of data to come through to the person that needed it?
QA software helps streamline the process, and keeps all project information safe, secure and in the one place. No need to worry about an important checklist, measurements, or deadlines getting wet, muddy, or lost in the wind. Best of all, as the software processes the input data automatically, there’s no need to pull together information from various sources to create the QA report as it’s automatically done for you.
Who is it for?
Everyone! From the site foreman, project managers or tradies, to subcontractors and office staff, anyone who needs access to construction documentation, project status/updates and data will benefit from QA software.
And as it’s super simple to use, no one can argue they’re not savvy enough to be able to use it.
If I want QA software, do I need a tablet?
Nope. As QA software is cloud based you can access it from any modern mobile device that has an internet connection. Tablets can be a pain to carry around, we’ve designed it for phones so you (or your guys) can complete your work at any time as your documents and data are stored in the cloud. You also don’t have to worry about it taking up valuable space on your phone, as there’s no need to download it.
How can I tell if I’m currently using a cloud based QA software product?
One quick way to tell if you’re currently using a cloud based system is to check if you can access your documents and data from anywhere. If you have to be on a specific computer where the programme is installed, or you can only access it on the office server – it’s not cloud based.
Is it secure?
Yes, absolutely! Cloud based software is very secure, and protected by cutting edge security measures. You’re also able to keep track of who’s been accessing the information and latest edits made. Not only do you know exactly at what stage of the process your project is at, you can see who else knows about it too.
And finally: why all the buzz?
Everyone wants an efficient worksite, where projects are completed on time and to the highest standard possible. QA software is a major piece of the puzzle that will get you there. You can get a comprehensive overview of what’s happening on the building site, and ensure that what’s being built, is being built right – without even needing to visit the site. You can also be assured your team is working efficiently, with access to all the information and data they need to complete the job – right at their fingertips.
Using QA software is a step in the right direction to making your projects more efficient, safer and ensures continual high quality results. If you’re not already using it, now’s the time to start.