New Feature: Task Color Coding

Of the many things on our bucket list, this was one feature that kept being voted on, both by our customers, and by many test drivers just checking out the system. So we did it !

You can now choose from several predefined colors (29 to be exact) by clicking on the color palette icon, in these 3 places:

1. Schedule tab, top right next to the 25% button

2. Gantt pop down menu (Gantt power bar).



3. From within the Task Edit window



The key benefit here is you can now group your tasks, and use colors to quickly identify those groupings. Now your Gantt can look something like this:




And when you share the schedule with those in your contact database using the "contact schedule" feature, your contacts will see the same color coding at their end:


Scheduling is not always black and white. Try adding some color !

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

4D BIM Scheduling, String Theory and Einstein

Most of the world is still dealing with 2 dimensional drawings/blueprints. Plan view, section details, quantity takeoffs... then simple construction schedules to plan out the work. If that's you, you're in the right place.

Well, simple schedules can get very complicated very quickly. While doing a search online for construction schedule examples, I stumbled across this image that stopped me dead in my tracks:


Wha !?

Welcome to the world of BIM (Business Information Modeling) and 4D BIM Scheduling.

If you haven't come across it yet, here's what you're missing...

BIM essentially allows companies (with very expensive software) to "build the building" digitally before it's built on site. The 2D drawings that have been the mainstay of construction for decades are turned into 3D models... great for impressing clients, spinning the building around on a computer screen, and seeing how the building will fit into its environment. 

Now, add the schedule to these 3D BIM geometric shapes, and well, you have 4D BIM scheduling, and the schedule may look something the picture above.

When I saw this, I had to take a second look. People actually create these, understand them, and can build off them.

Reminds me of an except from Brian Regan on when he came across a Nova documentary on String Theory. It's worth a few minutes of your time, trust me. He tops it up with a beautiful reference to Einstein.

Fortunately BuildIT schedules are simple to create, and simple to read (as shown below).


And you don't have to be an Einstein to figure it out.

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1

Task Notification System

So you've made a change to your schedule. People affected by that change need to know what's going on, as soon as possible.

With BuildIT, your people can be notified... automatically... by email.

There are 2 general types of notifications:

  1. Immediate, based on changes to tasks
  2. Overnight, based on upcoming tasks

You get to set the rules - who gets notified, when, and under what circumstances.

Immediate Notifications

When you open a task in BuildIT, make one or more changes, then click [save and close], you can configure the system to send out an email notification. There are several options here (as shown in this partial screen shot), and we can help you make the proper adjustments so the right people are getting notified about the right things.


For example, based on the configuration above, if you add extra days to a task, and that task is shared with an outside vendor or sub-contractor, that person will get an email notification that may look something like this:


Easy to see who it's for, what job, the task name, and what changed. The contact can even click a link below and go directly to their shared schedule web link (Contact Schedule) - a feature that sets BuildIT apart from the rest – where they can see ALL tasks for ALL jobs you have assigned to them, as well as ALL related job files you wish to share with them.

Overnight Notifications

Your contacts (vendors, employees, sub-contractors, clients, etc.) can now be given a "heads up" email notification several days in advance of a task you've assigned them to. Now, if there are any scheduling issues, they can be dealt with in advance, not the morning of!!

For more information on BuildIT's task notification system, and how to get it working for your team, give us a shout.

 Scott Hutchinson
 scott@builditsystems.com
 1 866 585 5050 ext 1