Guest Post By: Tracy Young, CEO of PlanGrid

Today I’m thrilled to announce a significant expansion of our partner and software integration ecosystem. From our earliest days, PlanGrid has been committed to the success of every construction project and customer we work with. Our mission is to become the construction record set for every jobsite in the world. Since our founding in 2011, over 1 million projects have been built through our platform. We now manage over 100 million sheets of blueprints, and over 500 million field notes have been documented directly from the jobsite.

This is a lot of construction data available in one place, accessible on every device, anywhere you are. As a company, we are committed to keeping your data open and interoperable with your other software solutions.

To support this commitment, today we are announcing three exciting new things:

  • New Product API Endpoints
  • New direct integrations
  • The launch of PlanGrid Connect, a powerful integration platform that enables easy integrations with 100+ other software solutions

New APIs: Tasks & Field Reports

When we launched Tasks in October, we made it possible to track new types of work in PlanGrid. Today, we have launched the Tasks API. This makes it possible to integrate scheduled tasks directly into PlanGrid. And when information or changes are identified in the field, they can be automatically synchronized back onto the master schedule. Tasks and the new API allow for a seamless view into both planned and unplanned work that is consistent whether you are viewing them in PlanGrid in the field or your schedule tracking software in the office.

Since we launched Field Reports last year, one of the most common requests has been for a way to share the data captured in submitted forms with other applications. With the newly launched Field Reports API, it is now possible to push all data captured on field reports into other systems. Imagine using a custom daily report to capture work completed each day. Through the API, you would be able to retrieve this data for all submitted reports and aggregate into a single Excel file or visualize it in a business intelligence tool. This makes it much easier to identify and analyze long-term trends in job performance. And because Field Reports allows you to define the structure of your forms, you can use the API to standardize reporting on any important data from the field.

 

5 New Integration Partners

 PlanGrid is growing its integration ecosystem, and over the last several months has added five new partners. In addition to our existing set of prebuilt software integrations, PlanGrid projects can now leverage integrations from Mirai Networks, OxBlue, Safety Reports, SBN Consultants and ZVerse, to access real-time project information such as HD imagery, safety records and RFI updates from within PlanGrid. Mirai Networks has developed an integration allowing users to gather field data as RFIs and Field Reports, and then manage complex workflows with the data in Oracle’s Primavera Unifier. The SBN Consultants partnership makes possible a direct integration with Trimble Prolog. This will foster improved collaboration between design and construction on critical workflows.

 

PlanGrid Connect

 

 

With so much great software in the world, construction teams want best of breed solutions, and they want them to work well together. When too much data is siloed, decisions are made without the proper context and it can be difficult to make well-informed decisions. That is why we partnered with Azuqua to launch PlanGrid Connect. Now you can easily bridge your PlanGrid data to practically every other major system that your company uses, creating a central hub, and source of truth of the construction record set because we understand your project needs to be organized.

By using PlanGrid Connect to bridge your applications you will have granular control over exactly how each application works together. As an example, let’s imagine your company uses Dropbox to centralize all new blueprints when they are received from the design team. Using PlanGrid Connect, you could create a FLO (this just means an automated action in PlanGrid Connect) to watch a project folder in Dropbox and automatically upload any new PDFs to PlanGrid as new drawings. Alternatively, imagine you’d like to keep a running Excel sheet of the current status of all issues on a particular job. A PlanGrid FLO could be created to automatically push new issues to the sheet and post updates when they get resolved.

 

 

These examples just scratch the surface of what is possible. Through PlanGrid Connect, it will be simple to integrate with nearly 200 applications in categories such as CRM, Analytics, Task Management, Office Productivity, Document Storage and more. We can’t wait to see what interesting workflows you will be able to support. Unifying project data is the key to improving productivity and building a long-term, comprehensive archive of project data. By doing so, our customers will be able to make better decisions in the present and ensure that accurate and helpful data is available to those responsible for maintaining and expanding the facilities over the decades to come. Taken together, these new endpoints and new integrations make it easier to achieve this than ever before.