Remote Jobsite Inspections with Instant Real-Time Photo Collaboration

September 6, 2022

Video conferencing across various industries has adapted to remote environments that have been accelerated during the pandemic. Remote construction and facility inspections can be carried out by utilizing Pixly photo documentation and collaboration platform and connecting inspection teams to project teams from afar. In most cases, remote inspection reviews can substitute traditional examinations outright through the Pixly platform. We will discuss the benefits for the project team and the best practices for implementing this system in order to streamline communication, save time, improve efficiencies and reduce any unnecessary travel.

Enhancing the Construction Inspection Process

It is essential to preserve trust across the construction project team during the inspection, and having the right software will support maintaining this trust. Many elements of the inspection process will be similar to standard field inspections. Inspection teams regularly field verify and document with photos the status of the scope of work being reviewed. These records must be taken during the inspection, as they will archive the progress and be of use if another inspector examines the scope in the future. Pixly supplements that documentation by automatically creating the documentation structure that can be used and configured for sharing inspection progress amongst the project team, including the owner, those responsible for progress payments, and other inspection team members. Electronic documentation automatically records progress reducing unnecessary waste in the workflow process.

The remote aspects of the Pixly documentation process can be elevated to capture interactions with additional stakeholders. Suppose there are concerns about the interpretation of the field documents utilized by the craft and inspection teams. In that case, they can use Pixly to share information with other team members, such as the architect or engineer involved with creating the design documents. It can also be leveraged to contact other inspectors or authorities with jurisdiction over the project, allowing instantaneous feedback. Having remote resources available for sharing inspection photo documentation allows the inspector to receive feedback seamlessly and formulate outcomes for the project more efficiently.

Reduce Time and Costs Associated with Travel to Jobsite Inspections

Utilizing Pixly for the remote inspection process helps reduce the need for traveling from Jobsite to jobsite. Over time, the savings in time alone banked from minimalizing travel will help improve the workflow of Jobsite inspectors so they can focus on the task of supporting the inspection process and help move projects forward. Financial savings may also be realized through fuel, insurance, and personnel costs saved over time. Having less personnel involved in the on-site inspection process also reduces the billable hours associated with transportation costs. If the billable time involved with the project is reduced, the savings can be passed on to the client.

Increased Inspection Documentation

Connecting the inspection team to the architect, contractors, and the client through Pixly can help increase the photo documentation during the project. Trade partners and their work and inspection progress can be enhanced through increased collaboration. Having a photo progress collaboration tool that can share information across the cloud instantly keeps teams aware of how things are progressing and how the work needs to be completed before installing their work is proceeding. It also documents the inspection process. The information relayed through photo collaboration can also inform trade partners of incomplete work, which has been left out because of work unfinished by other trades or deliveries that were not received promptly. Checking the project's status helps teams connect and understand what work needs to be completed and maintain the project schedule, reducing schedule delays and quality concerns. Improved photo documentation that is instant and collaborative helps inspection teams perform inspection reports faster and better than ever.