Increase efficiency and decreased report turnaround times in construction materials testing and inspection operations with QESTField
(PRWEB) January 08, 2013
Construction materials testing and inspection companies are under tremendous pressure to increase margins by growing revenues while at the same time reducing costs. Customers are demanding faster turnaround times on test reports, with many projects now requiring test reports within 24 hours of field tests and inspections being conducted. Management is looking to gain better oversight of its business operations, allowing it to measure efficiency and plan resourcing. Customers and regulators are demanding better quality management systems to ensure that testing is of the highest possible standard.
QESTField is helping companies to meet these growing challenges by bringing increased efficiency, improved data quality and faster data availability to construction materials and geotechnical field testing and inspection operations. It replaces paper-based information gathering at the job site. A technician/inspector can see the work requests allocated to them for the day, and register details of samples taken in the field as well as tests/inspections performed in the field. It helps to reduce effort and errors in data entry, providing a controlled data entry environment using pre-defined forms and dropdown menus.
All of this can be done with real time access back to Spectra QEST’s Laboratory Information Management System, QESTLab, so that the field technician/inspector has access to the latest laboratory information such as maximum dry density results.
QESTField improves report turn-around time with information available for reporting as soon as fieldwork is performed, and simplifies communication with field technicians/inspectors by making work requests immediately available to them.
QESTField is highly configurable to the work processes of an organisation, and it is being used for a wide variety of different tests and inspections including for concrete, pavements, earthworks, bridges, reinforcing, retaining walls, masonry, foundations, and signage, as well as for quantity tracking.
QESTField works with mobile devices that have data and web browser capability (iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, etc.). If the device has GPS capability then this information can be read and recorded alongside sample location data.
About Spectra QEST (http://www.spectraqest.com)
Spectra QEST is a software development and services company specialising in solutions for the construction materials testing, inspection and production industries. Founded in January 1984, Spectra QEST offers the most comprehensive construction materials quality platform on the market today. Its customers include leading international construction companies, construction materials and geotechnical testing companies, construction materials manufacturers, and government bodies. Customers include Professional Service Industries (USA), Braun Intertec (USA), Twining Laboratories (USA), NTH Consultants (USA), Holcim (Aus & NZ), Boral ACM (Aus), Coffey Information (Aus), Fulton Hogan (Aus & NZ), GHD (Aus), Exova (Middle East) and others.