Now, You’re Speaking My Language
To walk the walk, you need to be able to talk the talk
Author: Travis Jaramillo
The practice of collaboration—many people working together toward the same goal—has been part of human history for as long as we have had language. Many theories of language believe that the urge to collaborate—to hunt, to build, and to create together—is what gave rise to language.
Technology has always been a driver of improved collaboration and improved outcomes. Analogue tools were invented enabling drawing and writing, crumbling the constraints of collaboration when solely using oral language. As these tools advanced, collaboration could take place in larger groups more widely spread in place and time with more complex ambitions achieved.
Now, a new phase of collaborative digital technological advancement has begun. With the invention of the internet and continuing evolution of applications to facilitate collaboration, the number of tools has exploded in number, complexity, and compatibility.
However, while the means of collaboration have advanced, the fundamental qualities of collaboration are the same. Information needs to be effectively expressed, understood, and integrated into the data pool for all collaborating individuals. Historically, the main impediment has been differences have been verbal/written language or culture.
While person-to-person information sharing remains central to successful collaboration efforts, machine-to-machine communication is now also a bottleneck. For complex projects, the main constraints to collaboration are data management, integration, and base code interoperability between the collaborating parties and collaborating platforms.
We can overcome language barriers, but what about data integration barriers? All these issues are amplified as the project grows in complexity. Large-scale construction presents some of the most complex projects on the planet with commensurately complex challenges in successful data sharing for collaboration.
WorkPacks is successfully attacking this problem. Utilizing essential pre-configured digital threads and AWP centric workflows necessary for the industry, WorkPacks enables swift connection of disparate data sources found on complex industrial construction projects. By enabling the accurate and seamless communication between various machine platforms, people can work with each other more swiftly, efficiently, and effectively than ever before. Collaboration among Engineers, Contractors, and Project Owners in the cloud with a Sass based application brings ease of application implementation and engagement, while allowing for a project view tailored to their individual needs. While the foundation of WorkPacks is very important, the best back-end tools aren’t much use if the front end isn’t state of the art; here WorkPacks shines as well.
The usability and functional components of WorkPacks enhance collaboration and let the work roll on! It has been implemented on some of the largest, most complex projects in the world, and on simpler, more straightforward projects. Every time and at every size WorkPacks has proven effective at saving time, materials, and money; changing how the industry enables teams to plan, coordinate, and execute more efficiently on both simple and complex projects.