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May 21, 2021
As one of the 20 largest contractors in the United States, DPR Construction understands how important it is to run a safe and efficient business, and also understands the importance of giving back locally. With this as a backdrop, what does an innovative team at DPR do in the face of COVID-19? It creates an app to improve efficiency and safety, while also opening an avenue to give back to its communities.
One challenge COVID-19 immediately presented was the requirement for workers to complete multiple forms before entering a jobsite. To reduce jobsite exposure risk to COVID-19, everyone entering had to respond to questions following CDC guidelines, such as if they had COVID-19 symptoms or had been in contact with someone who had had it. Manual temperature checks were also performed. For a jobsite with hundreds of people entering and exiting daily, this was considerable time spent. For instance, people on the back end had to manually input form data into DPR’s systems for tracking. This was important because access to quality data is a DPR priority so they can make quicker, more informed decisions. Yet, it was also a huge waste of paper because everything had to be continually discarded.
Kaushal Diwan, DPR’s national director of innovation, and Christopher Rippingham, technology leader for international operations, wanted to resolve these inefficiencies with a technology-based solution.
“We quickly realized that using paper forms was not the best way to gather required information. Leveraging technology would be better since everyone carries a mobile device,” noted Diwan.