Construction Software Automates Complex Processes into Simple Tasks

Dexter + Chaney, developer of Spectrum Construction Software, introduces its Spectrum Workflow functionality, which streamlines construction and business management operations by automating complex processes into simple, user-definable tasks.

Dexter + Chaney, developer of Spectrum Construction Software, introduces its Spectrum Workflow functionality, which streamlines construction and business management operations by automating complex processes into simple, user-definable tasks.

Dexter + Chaney, developer of Spectrum Construction Software, introduces its Spectrum Workflow functionality, which streamlines construction and business management operations by automating complex processes into simple, user-definable tasks. Dexter + Chaney unveiled the new technology at its 19th annual Connect 2015 Users’ Conference.

The Spectrum Workflow feature, fully integrated throughout Spectrum, allows users to define and enforce specific rules and tasks—creating automated, simple, streamlined processes for their organization. Spectrum Workflow utilizes intelligent workflow technology, allowing tasks and approvals to be routed to specific people, groups, or even defined roles within the organization. Tasks can be sequential or parallel, meaning that they can be sent to one person before being sent on to the next person, or to an entire group where one member or all members need to complete the task, depending on how the workflow step is defined.

Users can quickly approve, reject or mark each step that has been completed. The full history of each transaction processed is tracked and stored, creating a detailed audit trail. Setting up workflow definitions is simple and once in place, they guide tasks efficiently from creation to conclusion. All people involved with a particular task or process are alerted when their attention or action is needed. This provides a smooth movement of data within the organization, along with a powerful added layer of oversight to ensure that no data is overlooked and no tasks fall through the cracks.

Spectrum Workflow integrates with the powerful Info Bar in Spectrum, giving users their own Workflow section where their tasks and processes can be addressed, while providing the ability to drill deep into data without the need to utilize multiple screens or menu systems. Spectrum users also have their own My Current Workflow Assignments app on the intuitive Spectrum Dashboard where they can access assigned tasks and drill down into data.

Perhaps most important is that Spectrum Workflow is completely customizable to each organization’s specific needs. Workflows can be easily changed to address special needs or situations as they arise. Authorized users can also override predefined workflows or re-route tasks and approvals when necessary.

Tools Help Manage Compliance Items and Tasks Related to Construction Projects

Dexter + Chaney introduces its Job Compliance Tracking features—a powerful set of tools that helps manage the various levels of compliance items and other tasks related to construction projects.

Dexter + Chaney introduces its Job Compliance Tracking features—a powerful set of tools that helps manage the various levels of compliance items and other tasks related to construction projects.

Dexter + Chaney, developer of Spectrum Construction Software, introduces its Job Compliance Tracking features—a powerful set of tools that helps manage the various levels of compliance items and other tasks related to construction projects.

Building upon Dexter + Chaney’s already powerful document tracking and Document Imaging capabilities, Job Compliance Tracking provides Spectrum users with a single tool to effectively manage compliance documents. These include insurance certificates, owner liens, subcontractor liens, material liens, certified payroll reports, credit check documents, inspections and other compliance tracking documentation. Built into Spectrum, the Job Compliance Tracking features give contractors the ability to digitally manage all of their compliance-related tasks and documentation in one place. Alerts and automatic workflows ensure that compliance documents and tasks are always up to date, and that the work being done on projects is being done in full compliance of laws, regulations, and contractual agreements.

Job Compliance Tracking also ties into Spectrum’s Subcontractor Kiosk, an easy-to-use portal that expands access to Spectrum and allows vendors and subcontractors the ability to process billings, update compliance information, attach supporting documents using Spectrum Document Imaging’s simple drag-and-drop feature, and print activity and billing reports.

Mobile App Distributes Construction Documents and Relays Information to Devices

Dexter + Chaney's Project Plan Room mobile app

Dexter + Chaney’s Project Plan Room mobile app

Dexter + Chaney, providers of Spectrum Construction Software, has unveiled its new mobile app, Project Plan Room. The app provides a powerful vehicle to distribute construction documents, communicate critical data and relay vital project information in real time to employees’ and subcontractors’ mobile devices on the jobsite. It follows the recently-released Payroll Time Entry app as the second mobile app offered by Dexter + Chaney.

The Project Plan Room app was designed to increase efficiency and collaboration between field staff and the office. It also provides subcontractors with a powerful tool to get the latest construction data on site.

The app allows contractors and subcontractors to remotely access the latest versions of plans, specifications, drawings and other documents. It synchronizes with Spectrum’s Plan Room application, ensuring that users have the most up-to-date project information at their fingertips. Users are able to quickly zoom in on documents for more details or a closer look at drawings and sketches.

The app works online or offline, with no dependency on an Internet connection in order to operate or view documents. Once an Internet connection is established, synchronizing with Spectrum for updates or new document versions is a simple, one-tap function.

The Project Plan Room app was developed for Android, Apple, and Windows Surface tablets. The app is currently available from the online app stores.

Equipment Software Management Solution with an App

Dexter + Chaney's equipment management solution

Dexter + Chaney’s equipment management solution

Construction software provider Dexter + Chaney has released a complete equipment management solution for contractors that includes features for preventive maintenance, equipment tracking, and even a mobile app. This new equipment management software works seamlessly with the company’s Spectrum Construction Software, which works completely in the cloud, requiring no software download or specific hardware devices.

Typical investment in construction equipment can be well into the seven-figure range, so saving through better fleet management can result in a significant return on that investment. Spectrum’s new Equipment Management solution gives contractors the tools to gather data and use that data to make maintenance and financial decisions. To design a comprehensive equipment offering, Dexter + Chaney enlisted the expertise and best practices of Dr. Mike Vorster of Virginia Tech.

The latest updates to Dexter + Chaney’s equipment management offerings also include an app that can be downloaded for use on Apple and Android mobile devices. The app allows field staff to easily enter equipment information from the job site and synchronizes automatically with Spectrum Equipment Management.