PlanGrid, the leader in construction productivity software, has announced the availability of PlanGrid Connect, an expansion of the PlanGrid API and new direct pre-built integrations, signalling a robust commitment to its partner ecosystem.
The latest capabilities enable teams to easily and quickly customize integrations between PlanGrid and other software solutions without IT resources. Integrations will automatically sync critical information between applications, preventing time-consuming and error-prone double entry and ensuring everyone on a project is working from the same plans and data.
“Whether it’s a GC, drywall sub or electrical contractor, a single trade alone can’t construct a building,” said Bill Smith, president of field operations at PlanGrid. “The interoperability we’re providing between PlanGrid and other solutions simply mimics the teamwork the industry expects during complex projects. The industry shouldn’t expect any less of its technology.”
As software proliferates in the construction industry, teams are using multiple solutions to manage project planning and day-to-day work. Many of these applications do not easily interface with one another, requiring workers to toggle between applications or manually enter data into multiple systems. Often this results in disorganization on a jobsite and teams working from outdated plans. A recent survey from PlanGrid and FMI found the inability to seamlessly share information across applications is a primary cause of miscommunication and rework. Historically, integrating applications required intensive manual work and necessitated both time and an expensive IT investment.
PlanGrid Connect provides easily configurable integrations
Building on an existing set of direct integrations between PlanGrid and other popular solutions like Autodesk Revit, Kahua and EarthCam, PlanGrid Connect enables construction companies to easily integrate with more than 100 other applications. Powered by Azuqua, PlanGrid Connect gives customers out-of-the-box connections to systems such as Box, Egnyte, Smartsheet and DocuSign. With a simple drag-and-drop interface that eliminates the need for expensive custom software development, customers can build PlanGrid integrations tailored to fit the specific needs of their business in just a matter of minutes.
For example, with PlanGrid Connect, a DocuSign integration allows signed documents to be saved and organized in PlanGrid, so they can easily be found and referenced during inspection walkthroughs. An automatic sync between PlanGrid and a cloud storage platform can also be scheduled — plans and documents stored in Egnyte or Box can be automatically pushed to PlanGrid and project data can be archived back to the cloud storage platform.
“While the construction industry is investing in different technologies to increase productivity, if teams don’t have access to the information they need when it’s most needed, the investments aren’t being fully realized,” said James Cook, head of strategic alliances and partnerships at PlanGrid. “PlanGrid Connect provides workers on the jobsite with real-time data regardless of the app in which it resides and empowers the front office to easily collaborate with the field.
“With construction firms adopting best-of-breed technology, information must be shared efficiently between different platforms to eliminate data chaos,” said Todd Owens, CEO of Azuqua. “PlanGrid Connect is designed to let companies easily build custom integrations and automate data sharing in a matter of hours, as opposed to days, weeks or even years. The industry can now easily streamline the flow of information and focus resources on increasing productivity instead of tedious manual entry.”
PlanGrid expands APIs to Field Reports and Tasks
New PlanGrid API endpoints allow information entered into Field Reports and Tasks to be exchanged between and viewed in other technology applications. The API endpoints enable customizable integrations with dashboards, trackers, project management tools, data analytics services, cloud storage platforms and more.
For example, an integration between PlanGrid and Smartsheet can map the project schedule directly to PlanGrid Tasks. When an office user such as a Project Engineer updates Smartsheet, the corresponding Task in PlanGrid will automatically sync and update, allowing a field team to know exactly what they need to do and when.
PlanGrid adds direct pre-built integrations
PlanGrid is also growing its direct integration ecosystem, and over the last several months has added six new partners. Construction teams using PlanGrid can now leverage integrations from Mirai Networks, OpenSpace.ai, OxBlue, Safety Reports, SBN Consultants and ZVerse, to access real-time project information such as HD imagery, safety records, RFI updates and 3D files all from within PlanGrid. For instance, Mirai Networks has developed an integration allowing users to gather field data as RFIs and Field Reports, and then manage complex workflows with the data in Oracle’s Primavera Unifier.
PlanGrid Connect, the new APIs and direct product integrations demonstrate the company’s commitment to providing customers with a robust partner ecosystem and best-in-class technology solutions.
PlanGrid will host a webinar overview of these new capabilities on the following dates; to register, please click here.
- North America: January 8, 2019 at 11:00 am PST / 2:00pm EST
- EMEA: January 9, 2019 at 12:00pm GMT / 13:00 CET / 16:00 GST
- APAC: January 16, 2019 at 9:00am SGT / 12:00pm AEST / 2:00pm NZST