Michael Gekas, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, and Dave Dalbey, Virtual Design and Construction Manager, described McCownGordon’s site documentation processes before StructionSite as limited. The team on site would take photos using their smartphones, then supers or field engineers would upload to Procore. These simple 2D photos lacked informative data and relied on a file-naming system for organization that was inherently complicated. More than that, these photos made it difficult to detect change over time and offered little information to help with decision making.
The many problems McCownGordon was encountering can all be summed up while working on a single project. The project was a 130-room university residence hall, where elevation photos of every room and wall were taken. Because all 130 rooms were virtually identical, it became very difficult to locate photos of a specific room’s progress, despite their best efforts in file naming.