ARC Document Solutions, Inc. has announced the release of PlanWell Collaborate for the iPad, a new mobile-enabled version of its popular SaaS-based project collaboration tool for architects, engineers and construction professionals (AEC), available now on Apple's App Store.
"Mobile devices offer the ability to download AEC content in the field, but no one has addressed the challenges of collaborating with large-format content in real time," said Rahul Roy, CTO ofARC Document Solutions. "To collaborate effectively -- and by that I mean the ability to access any content from any project and tie it to calendars, progress charts and email threads in real time -- you need constant access to the cloud, not just access to a set of documents you've downloaded. Our development efforts were focused on improving the speed of data transmission between the iPad and the cloud so field personnel can actually work with all of their data in real time rather than taking content offline to work with it, and away from others who may need it."
Construction industry studies consistently report the growing demand for more collaboration within project teams, especially in real-time. Having to return to a project trailer simply to retrieve data or review a document can significantly reduce project productivity. Consensus among project managers is that the biggest gaps in communication occur in the field, a circumstance PlanWell Collaborate for iPad is designed to address.
"Most mobile collaborative solutions involve downloading project content, working with it on a handheld device, and then uploading it back to the cloud," said Mr. Roy. "That's not collaboration -- that's checking documents in and out of a database. With PlanWell Collaborate for the iPad, our goals are to reduce the delays associated with locking up content with individual users, increase productivity in a collaborative environment, and help complete projects faster."
Known for its cost-effective and easy-to-use interface, PlanWell Collaborate accelerates project team coordination and improves file sharing, usually replacing inefficient project management tools like FTP, email or spreadsheets. With PlanWell Collaborate, construction project managers can easily share and mark up documents, communicate critical project information, increase team accountability, and reduce delays without the complexity and steep learning curve associated with traditional project management software.