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May 21, 2021
DPR believes in continual self-initiated change, improvement, learning and the advancement of standards. For that reason, the company has an Innovation Group to foster, support and promote innovative ideas across DPR. In the last year, one of the firm’s local superintendents decided to transition into a field-innovation role, working directly with tradespeople and frontline supervision to identify opportunities for safety innovation.
One of the greatest innovations that has come out of this past year was the implementation of an online workflow for crane-package submission and approvals. DPR’s Seattle office was able to create an automated and streamlined process by which specialty contractors could submit their crane pick-plan packages online via a dashboard. Upon submission of their documentation, a workflow began in the system and notified all necessary parties within the workflow that were required to participate in the review and sign-off of the plan.
By establishing this automated flow, crane plans are being reviewed faster by all parties, there are fewer email communications, and there are no chances of a critical party within the workflow being inadvertently left out of the communication. This process became so successful for DPR’s Pacific Northwest business unit that it has been adopted and is being rolled out across offices and projects nationally.