Envision’s new streamlined mobile app

Envision is launching it’s new mobile app, merging features previously available across multiple apps in a central location, offering a simpler and more streamlined user experience.

The previous iOS and Android apps had slight variations that resulted in slightly different behaviour for users – an issue completely overcome through the new app.

Envision’s former main app and forms app are now combined in a single app, ensuring consistent behaviour regardless of whether an iOS or Android device is being used.

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The new app will offer all previous functionality plus the addition of a recent project photos gallery and the ability to capture:

  • Supplier dockets
  • Progress for Activities
  • Defects
  • Incoming material receipts
  • HSE inspections
  • … and much more

It also allows the creation and deployment of custom mobile forms to better and faster support new project requirements.

The app’s new features will be a significant step forward as users can now complete more daily tasks on the go, freeing up more time for field-based supervision work including safety and quality management.

Approvals workflows have also improved with many of these new functions able to capture on-screen signatures and allow barcode scanning for identity verification.

Current users are being moved to the new app in a staged approach over the coming weeks with the help of Envision’s support team.

In the coming months, the existing passport app will also be merged with the new central app. Additional features, such as field data capture of subcontractor dockets, will also be deployed, creating a dynamic single mobile app for Envision’s user base.

Position Available – Senior Delivery Engineer

We are seeking Design & Construction Project Systems specialists to support the implementation and delivery of Envision on new projects.

Delivery Engineers are responsible for implementing Envision on client projects to improve project success, grow reputation and build strong client relationships. This role involves providing engineering, systems, development and testing support, business process, change management, training and customer and account management support in the implementation of Envision on projects.

Background

Envision is a collaborative project delivery platform for major design and construction projects across the Infrastructure and Energy & Resources industries that enables near real-time, site-based capture of project data and the continuous integration of that data into the decision-making process. It gives optimal visibility of a project’s schedule, progress, change and costs – drawing on the latest field information and collaboration among project participants, from field teams to design and construction offices and more – driving faster and more informed decision-making.

Key responsibilities

  • Implement the Envision Engagement & Delivery Plan approved by the Head of Engagement and Delivery
  • Implement Envision on client projects
  • Provide training and coaching to client personnel to support the implementation of Envision and associated work practices
  • Support the Envision development team with testing and development of new features
  • Support the Envision development team in the definition and analysis of new features
  • Develop training and product documentation material (written, presentation, video)
  • Develop custom solutions using Envision Forms
  • Respond to user support questions and problems and provide technical support to Envision users as required
  • Provide support to the sales team, including product demonstrations and pre-sales engagements with potential clients
  • Flexibility to travel and work with constraints of FIFO site rosters

Ideal candidate

  • 5 – 10 years experience working on large and complex infrastructure or energy & resource projects
  • Excellent communication, leading and influencing skills to work with people and teams to support change (working practices / processes and adoption of new technology)
  • Experience setting up project controls and reporting systems and processes on projects greater than $150M in size
  • A passion for working with people and a desire to improve ways of working
  • Good computer skills including: MS.Excel, Primavera P6
  • Ability to work closely and train/coach Construction Supervisors, Project Engineers, Project Controls and Project Management Team
  • Degree (or equivalent) qualification in Engineering or similar discipline
  • Willingness and flexibility to travel to client project sites, which may require inter-state and potential overseas travel

Ennova is an innovative Australian owned technology company based in Brisbane, Australia.

Register your interest in this role by emailing jobs@ennova.com.au providing a current resume, salary expectations and availability. All applications will be treated with strict confidence.

Extranet Evolution reviews Envision

paul-wilkinson“Envision today is a collaborative project delivery platform for design and construction projects that enables near real-time, site-based capture of project data and the continuous integration of that data into the decision-making process. It gives optimal visibility of a project’s schedule, progress, change and costs – drawing on the latest field information and collaboration among project participants, from field teams to design and construction offices and more – driving faster and more informed decision-making.”For full details of article, please click here.Paul Wilkinson from Extranet Evolution reviewed Envision and some of the newly developed capabilities.

Hackathon kick-starts integration innovations

In April 2015, Ennova hosted a Hackathon with Leighton ContractorsQGCiConstructTracBase and iCURO to explore new innovations that would enable seamless integration between applications and a much better experience for projects through automation. As a group, by improving integration and information flow between applications, we can give project teams the benefit of far greater simplicity, speed and accessibility on a day-to-day basis.

During the Hackathon, we looked at a number of proof-of-concept projects. Some of these have already been developed and released while others are planned for future release through our ongoing roadmap.

Key projects

  • Integration across the iConstruct BIM engineering model, TracBase materials management system and Envision to keep tagged items in sync and reduce the time and effort required to transfer data between these systems using automated links, including:
    • Populating tagged item registers in Envision directly from the model using iConstruct
    • Updating tagged item progress in Envision using iConstruct and TracBase
    • Updating progress in iConstruct and TracBase using the progress stored in Envision
  • Enhancements to progress recording in Envision to support linear projects
  • GIS integration
  • People management

“The Hackathon allowed us to quickly identify where our two systems needed to integrate and to get a demo-ready system working within two days, as opposed to what might have otherwise taken two weeks. The end users’ reactions when they saw the advantage of the integration, compared with their existing systems, was well worth the effort from our team and should be a real benefit for iCURO and Envision in the future.”

Daniel Bradley, iCURO

“We all provide different and unique services. However, gone are the days when we can work in silos. Clients are now expecting us, as contractors, to work together to solve their problems – and in the end it benefits all of us. Thank you Ennova for taking the initiative to collaborate this way, and to Eng Co for their strong input. I enjoyed spending a few days with your team and the result will, no doubt, provide more robust and user-friendly solutions. We are looking forward to cementing these relationships further.”

Johnny Gervoe, GP Systems (TracBase)

“iConstruct is always striving to be at the forefront of innovation in BIM. The opportunity to integrate with Envision ties directly to our strategy of making BIM more accessible. The two systems are a perfect match. Most of our users link their models to their own databases or spreadsheets, but the ability to leverage a system as comprehensive and powerful as Envision takes things to the next level. The Hackathon was just the beginning. Having key stakeholders and technical experts in the various fields there meant we achieved a lot in two days. It certainly broadened my horizons and I look forward to the next Hackathon. I see some real opportunities for groundbreaking innovations in the near future and look forward to working closer with the team at Ennova.”

Rob Lawson, PDC (iConstruct)

Envision launches next phase of civil features

Ennova continues to invest in developing Envision so it meets the specific demands of civil infrastructure projects. Our team has made significant progress to date, with more in the pipeline.

New live features

Since December 2014, we have released new features including:

  • Resource rates
  • Value-based s-curves charts
  • Quantity progress
  • Daily cost and productivity charts
  • Time-distance (March) charts
  • Mobile forms (dockets).

Flexible mobile forms framework to provide future support for workflows such as safety observations, punch listing and defects management, quality checklists, and progress logs

Resource rates

Envision now allows dollar rates to be specified for people, equipment and materials. This allows actual costs based on resources used to be calculated and reported.

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Value($)-based S-curves

Envision now allows value-based s-curves to be created and added to both dashboards and reports. These charts can be filtered using discipline, location and work category.

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Daily quantity entry and costing/productivity charts

Envision now allows costing charts to be created using daily quantity progress entries. Quantity progress defines percentage complete for an activity based on the budget.

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Time-Distance (March) charts

For linear projects (roads, rails, pipeline) March charts can now be plotted to show discipline-based progress versus chainage over time.

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Mobile forms (dockets)

Mobile forms replace physical paper dockets using a flexible mobile forms framework to provide future support for workflows such as safety observations, punch listing and defects management, quality checklists, and progress logs.

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Upcoming features

We have more advancements in the pipeline for release in the coming months including an exciting BIM integration with iConstruct – working closely with PDC (iConstruct) and with Leighton Contractors as a launch customer. This will save significant effort in the handover of engineering data to construction teams and save significant time in preparing Envision for progress measurements of detailed engineering items. It will also pave the way for viewing Events against the model. These are major advancements for resources and civil infrastructure clients as well as for complex building projects. Key areas of focus include:

  • Populating tagged items and their associated metadata, such as quantity, hours and description, from iConstruct’s BIM into Envision’s tagged item registers
  • Automatically updating iConstruct’s BIM progress status using progress stored in Envision against modelled tagged items
  • Automatically updating progress in Envision using BIM workflows in iConstruct

We are doing extensive work on our earned value engine to ensure naming conventions match Australian Standards, to improve baseline management, and to add the late baseline curve. Client and industry feedback shows that displaying the early and late baseline envelope is an important feature for managing larger projects.

We are also creating a function to allow resource use to be booked against multiple units of measure and to set rates at those levels. For example, this will enable the application of daily allowances, mobilisation fees for plant and hourly or daily labour payments. This will better support complex subcontracts and EBA agreements in particular.

Ongoing improvements to the resource use editor continues to be a key focus area. This is intended to replace the current list view time entry screen. Improvements will include:

  • Enabling it to act as the primary screen for resource use approval workflows
  • Displaying derived cost codes, dollar rates and cost against a resource use
  • Improving the filtering of resources and providing quick access links from the Envision homepage for faster access

For more information, please contact our team today on Email Us or phone +61 (0)7 3369 0038.

Supporting civil/infrastructure projects

We are passionate about being part of the new mega infrastructure projects kicking off across the country – to support the delivery of great infrastructure for Australians with record efficiency and timeliness. The better the industry performs, the more certain continued investment in these critical projects becomes.

We’re adding new capability to Envision that’s more tailored to the demands of civil projects – features that haven’t been as critical to labour-dominated oil and gas SMPE&I projects. In particular, we’re adding the ability to measure Earned Value using costs, as well as calculating the daily cost per unit of work delivered against the budget rate – e.g. $9.50/m3. We will be providing real-time metrics so that project engineers, managers and directors can know, on any given day, whether they made or lost money the previous day…and why.

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Above: Visualise current and target cost rates using daily costing charts

New features released

  • Use of bulk materials – track bulk material deliveries and movements such as concrete, sand, fill etc. against delivery dockets and, optionally, the equipment that moved them. This supplements the labour and equipment use tracking already in Envision to enable daily costings to be performed.
  • Schedule import – budget value and tracked budget cost on activities have been added to the schedule import to support dollar-based S-curves.
  • Dashboards – print-ready report dashboards (with up to 16 charts per page) are now available in A3 landscape.

Features in development

  • Cost rates for people, equipment and materials – we are adding cost, sell and dayworks rates to all resources within Envision so people can estimate the actual cost incurred to perform an activity based on recorded timesheets for people and equipment, and material use against dockets.
  • Dollar-based Earned Value and S-curve charts – Envision currently provides S-curves based on labour and quantity metrics. We are now adding dollar-based S-curves to take advantage of the new cost rates and to provide overall project S-curves.
  • Daily cost production performance charts – from user feedback, this is what civil project engineers have been hanging out for. These charts will show the daily cost per unit of work performed, tracked against the budget rate. A cumulative ‘to date’ trend line will also be shown to identify whether an operation is making or losing money.
  • Progressive, quantity-based progress measurement (not requiring tagged items)
  • tagged items are great for tracking the progress of item installations. The quantity-based method shown below is much more appropriate for measuring the progress associated with operations such as bulk earthworks where discrete items are not tracked.

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Above: Quantity based incremental progress measurement

Envision on Android

Google’s Android platform has gained significant populatrity and as such we have developed and released an Android compatible version of our iOS (iPhone) app.

The Android application provides a mobile interface to the Envision web application for Construction Management. A present this application is not feature equivalent to the iOS (iPhone) version but can still be used to complete the majority of onsite tasks that require mobility.

Key features

  • Make daily status updates on planned construction Activities using comments and photos
  • Capture field Events that are impacting the project Activities
  • Work offline then share updates when back in network coverage

We expect to progressively enhance the Android application as growth and adoption of this platform continues to increase.

 

Envision Mobile on iOS 7

Our 3 iOS applications have all been upgraded to support the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. With these version updates, a number of new features and existing issues have been fixed. The changes are summarised below:

Envision iPhone App
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Intended for day-to-day updating of Activities, Events and Tasks. Enables offline working in areas of poor network coverage.

  • Improved sync with direct upload of images to minimise the risk of timeouts
  • Addition of Tasks (create, edit, update, comment)
  • Filter and sync by project, location and discipline
  • Optionally store images to photo reel for future reuse
  • Add/change owners for Activities, Events and Tasks
  • Improved colours and content layout

Envision Plus iPad App

Intended for access to the majority of web interface features. Relies on continuous network access.

  • Resolve issues uploading images
  • Improve toolbar and sign in form
  • Improve colours and styling

passport-listEnvision Passport App

Intended for capturing daily attendances by scanning QR codes for employees. Enables offline working in areas of poor network coverage.

  • Add a short (1.5 seconds) delay between scans
  • Play success/fail sounds and vibrate device when scanning codes
  • Play an alert sound when sync is complete
  • Hide flashlight icon on devices with no flash
  • Display dates on attendances screen when timestamp is not today
  • Improve colours and usability of sign in form

Envision at Tech23

Tech23 celebrates innovation through an exciting collision of great minds, great ideas, and great purpose. Tech23 is dedicated to offering entrepreneurs opportunities.

Ennova presented Envision at the 2013 Tech23 conference. We were fortunate to be recognised with awards from Amazon and Cloudstaff. The video below features Adrian Smith, Director and Head of Technology, giving our 5 minute pitch.

Commercialisation Australia

Commercialisation Australia is an initiative of the Australian Government that provides competitive, merit-based assistance to accelerate the business building process for Australian companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and inventors looking to commercialise innovative intellectual property.

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Recently Commercialisation Australia announced support for Ennova by awarding a grant for continued development of Envision. This support will allow us to improve a number of features within Envision and to implement some new features including the development of a native iPad application.