Document Control management is probably one of the most fundamental and important processes of the Quality Management system of any construction project.
We are not talking about rocket science here, but today’s large infrastructure and Oil & Gas Projects involve so many stakeholders, trades, people and processes that could make things far more complicated than they actually are.
Documents, Drawings and Records today, have to be submitted, reviewed, approved, commented, red-lined and retained for a certain period of time.
Contractors, Subcontractors, Clients and Designers have to exchange letters, claims, warnings and instructions.
All this information could easily become chaos without the right tools from Day 1 (and most of the times even before that) of a project’s lifecycle.
Eventhough construction industry is considered quite resistant on new technologies and tools, there has been a real booming of online collaboration and Document Management solutions in the market the last decade.
And as almost everything else in the computing industry nowadays, these solutions are now also offered as Cloud-based platforms (or SaaS: Software As a Service) reducing the IT costs of a project significantly.
Qualityinconstruction.com is presenting below 7 online Cloud-based (SaaS) collaboration tools for construction projects (in random order):