With so much of our life going digital, many in the construction industry must be surprised that they’re still wading through mounds of paper every day. We’ve gone electronic with many of our site forms, but there is still one vital resource that’s firmly rooted in ancient Egyptian technology - the construction docket. Whether you call them dockets, tickets, proof of delivery, or purchase order receipts – there’s room for improvement when it comes to managing these slips of paper and the important information they contain.
The problems start when work is done or materials are delivered and the paper docket is handed to the guys on site. Because there’s a huge stack of dockets to deal with each day, it’s not unusual for a few to get lost or damaged. The ones that make it to the office are sometimes illegible. From there, the best case is that it takes a week or so to process, usually with both contractors and suppliers manual entering the vital information into their systems.
You can see that there’s room for improvement here. So why is it still a paper process across the world? I believe there are several reasons:
However, the reality is that this is an expensive process that creates waste, causes disputes and generally fails our industry. Of the reasons outlined above, there is not one that can’t be addressed more efficiently and effectively through a sophisticated digital docket solution.
So what do we need to do to fix it? This is a question my team and I have discussed in depth. Here are our thoughts, an effective solution must be:
These are the six key requirements our team kept top-of-mind while we created Docketbook. We believe it’s the first industry-wide docket management platform that addresses all of these requirements in its approach to solving the paper docket problem.
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