DIGITAL ASSET DELIVERY
for Cabinet Installation
How might we better monitor the progress of cabinet installation to enable better planning of manpower and material delivery?
Challenge Statement Owner
Background and Current Practice
For a residential or hospitality construction project, almost every unit needs to be installed with cabinets. On a fortnightly basis, the supervisor will survey the units and manually record down the progress achieved with details on the stage of installation on a paper progress monitoring chart (see Resources for an example of this chart).
The progress monitoring chart is submitted to the contracts department to be digitised. The contracts department then prepares a summary report to the main contractor for progress updates and payment claims. The current process is tedious, time consuming, and prone to human error.
In order for payment to be claimed, both the cabinetry contractor and property developer need to dispatch their quantity surveyor to verify that the reported work has been completed in accordance to specifications and quality standards. The actual claim amount and payment dates are highly dependent on the availability of the quantity surveyor to complete their verification.
The current process to conduct quantity surveying checks is time consuming and needs to be done on-site. If the quantity surveyor only partially completes their verification, a lower claim amount will be issued.
Opportunities and Key Challenges
The current progress tracking and quantity surveying process would benefit from digitisation. The contractor would input the data directly into the digital platform to eliminate the need for administrative staff to digitise the paper-based monitoring charts. For good usability, the solution should have customisable forms that can be tailored based on the workflow and stages of installation.
The digital platform would also offer new possibilities to collect and organise new types of data, and enable quantity surveying to be done remotely. The supervisor could upload photos or even videos onto the platform, so that it can be used by quantity surveyors for verification purposes.
A real-time dashboard reporting and visualising work progress for the management would support better manpower and material delivery planning to prevent project delays. The solution should also be able to easily generate a summary report to be shared with external stakeholders, such as the main contractors and property developer.
It is important for the solution to be kept simple and cost effective for adoption by small and medium enterprises. The solution could also be adapted for the following works:
Frame and door installation works
Aluminium window installation works
Wall and floor finishing works
The solution better monitors the progress for cabinet installation through the use of a digital platform and generates reports for internal and external stakeholders. The solution enables better planning of manpower, materials and deliveries. The solution also captures useful data to support remote quantity surveying.