Best Practices For Construction Data Collection with GoCanvas

By danny white on December 20, 2013

You’re ready to save time, money and paper. You’ve even signed up with GoCanvas. You’re inspecting equipment or confirming material delivery easily. Your workers are even happy to fill out and submit their forms at your worksites.

So, what’s missing? Because GoCanvas is so feature-rich, it's easy to overlook to improve the app and make the user experience great. Here are three ways construction companies can spruce up apps:


1) Confirm Date, Time, Location, and User

It’s possible to capture the time, date location, and your user through every form completed through GoCanvas. Capturing this information protects you and your workers: GoCanvas verifies that they reported issues on time and on location. Additionally, it eliminates any of the potential confusion when working multiple jobsites. 

Practical example: When completing an equipment repair request form, time, date and location stamps will ensure a faster repair. Your workers can ensure they find the right piece of equipment quickly and fix it faster than before.

2) Harness the Data You Have

Reference data is information that feeds into your mobile app to auto-populate fields. This process ensures more completed fields, increased accuracy while reducing the amount of time it takes to fill out a form. This dramatically enhances the experience of the end-user and improves the likelihood of them submitting a completed, and thorough form.

Practical example: For incident reporting, jobsite information, injury information, and near miss categories, remediation steps are auto-populated in the app so that the end-user can select the applicable values from a list as opposed to having to type each one in one-by-one.


3) Choose Your Adventure

There are often many potential data collection points at a job site. A well-designed mobile app will encompass all of them yet still provide an efficient user-experience. How do you encompass both? Use of conditional screens. By asking the end-user a series of questions through the app, quickly navigate them to collect specific information without having them skip through pages of blank or not applicable fields.

Practical example: For a jobsite inspection checklist, add all of the different checklists to one app and ask the user which area of the jobsite they will be inspecting. This allows them to complete a single or multiple inspections in one submission.


Ready to Learn More? 

I hope these tips helped! If you want to see more on how construction companies are using mobile apps, see how The Austin Company Streamlined Their Inspections with Canvas