Raken app designed for daily construction site reports

Raken’s mobile and web application was designed for construction contractors and subcontractors to document activities on a job site.

Founded in 2013, the app aggregates data collected across the entire project to help manage labor hours, project budgets, and serve as an overall review of the construction process to find efficiencies.

“We’ve tried to make the interface as simple as possible for people in the field so they can’t get tripped up or get lost or have trouble navigating what they might need to grab to appease. their project managers or other project stakeholders,” says Nick Pettengill, construction specialist at Raken.

Compatible with Android or iOS phones, tablets or desktop computers, managers, foremen and superintendents can generate daily reports, work logs, production schedules and budget percentages using timesheets and customizable cost codes for tracking labor, materials, and equipment.

Pettengill said the dashboard provides high-level insights into business performance in terms of working hours, security incidents, project delays and missed deadlines. Data from the work of subcontractors at a site may be included. Additionally, Raken provides a library of toolbox topics and a way to monitor participant signatures.

Raken offers insight into working hours, project delays, budgets and more through data captured in the field.Raken“That’s really powerful data for someone like a security manager or an operations manager who just kind of wants to see the trends in the business over the last few weeks or months,” Pettengill said.

Each uploaded photo, video or other file will appear organized by date and time and can be searched that way or by the project it is associated with.

Pettengill refers to the app’s notes section as a vent area, where managers can log any complaints or issues. “You never know when it might come back to save you if you know something happened, and you know you took note of it and can prevent your team from being financially responsible,” a- he declared.

Raken can also set up a customizable survey for teams to complete daily to ensure tasks are completed and approved.

From the web version of the application, all data can be reviewed and edited as needed. In the office, it is typically project managers, project engineers, operations managers, payroll, and office administrators who review data in Raken. “It could be any number of people, depending on what they’re looking for,” Pettengill said.

For example, the timesheets page has all the functionality payroll staff would need, making it easy to edit cost codes and other items that may need editing.

The app will let managers know if a timesheet or report has been approved. Users can send notifications to remind daily reports to be completed.

“Compliance tracking is definitely something that we consider extremely valuable,” he said.

Raken updated its user interface and implemented more integrations with software offerings, such as Sage 300 CRE and Viewpoint Vista.

“They help our customers connect, which is super powerful because it’s a data-level transfer of information from their accounting systems to Raken,” he said. “It can get convoluted and complicated if you have duplicate entries in multiple places, so we’ve tried to keep these accounting software as the single source of truth.” For example, when changes by the accounting team, such as adding or subtracting employees or cost code changes, occur, they only happen in one place and are automatically updated in Raken.

The app is improving integration with Procore, which helps handle a variety of office workflows. “It’s an excellent office tool and an excellent field tool. It’s just not always easy for the field staff who are there today to adapt and figure out how to use it,” Pettengill said.

From a cost perspective, Raken uses either a per-user model, so anyone with a single sign-on would be considered a user, or an enterprise flat rate based on size, which makes it easier to use for the whole company. The company offers three packages that offer a range of access to certain app features.

The annual payment is more economical than a monthly payment and is the most common method of payment. However, Pettengill said, some small businesses with more inconsistent operations opt for monthly fees due to uncertain revenues.

He said Raken worked with small one- to two-person inspection companies who were called to job sites to inspect rebar on behalf of the city inspector. “It’s a great tool for someone like that because it generates those professional reports so quickly and easily,” he said.

Conversely, companies like Hensel Phelps have nearly 1,000 users online daily.

“The amount of information that enters our system daily from the 5,000 customers we have is staggering,” Pettengill said. “We try to be a plug-and-play solution for just about anyone in the industry. We are constantly adding new enhancements to bring value to these different customer groups as we constantly receive recommendations from them.

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