4. Reduce billable consultant hours
When projects need SWPPP developed, the traditional process looks somewhat like this:
- Consultants spend time developing a few options using 2D project plans, adding up to a few billable hours
- The project team meets to discuss the plans, adding more billable hours
- Consultants incorporate feedback and revise the plans, again increasing the number of billable hours
- The cycle continues until the project team is satisfied with the results
- As the plan is implemented, the site superintendent is responsible to maintain SWPPP and track progress with installers, requiring hours of time
- Continuous inspections and maintenance installations are required between superintendents, consultants, and/or installers, occupying more of the superintendent's valuable time
Instead of using 2D project plans with manual or electronic annotations, teams can use accurate 3D topographic and measurable scans in a collaborative platform to review the options together
during the planning phase. Using technology, teams can easily measure slopes, areas, and evaluate current site conditions visually, minimizing the time consultants spend developing plans and revising the options. This method can cut billable time in half
, saving the owner thousands of dollars for each occurrence.
During the maintenance phase, site superintendents can spend less time performing visual inspections and marking up project documents to communicate with consultants and installers by using technology. This allows superintendents to focus on critical grading operations and spend less time on SWPPP.