Founded by Mark Anderson in 1987, The Anderson Group employs 400 people and now has a planning consented land bank in excess of 1,000 plots which means the business will grow substantially in coming years fed by further strategic sites. Anderson Group is a family business, but also a professional one. They invest in the professional and personal development of all members of the team and pride themselves on the high level of service they offer to every client.
Anderson had three core requirements when they approached BuilderStorm. The first was the challenge of timesheet recording and submission for the many construction personnel located across many sites. Previously, they were utilising an on-premise solution which no longer met their requirements. The next was the way they were tracking and storing progress photos for the various projects they manage. Previously, it was incredibly time-consuming to try and find the photo they needed after the project had been handed over. Finally, they wanted more visibility over the work completed on a daily basis for each project and their previous solution was also on-premise and no longer provided the collaborative solution the Group required.
Our cloud-based timesheet solution allows Anderson Group to submit timesheets from the site managers smartphone for all the people under their control. This is then sent digitally to the payroll team who just need to double check the hours and then approve them. This data is then exported in a CSV file for importing straight into Anderson Group’s Sage payroll package. BuilderStorm offers an excellent photo storage system for construction companies. We allow users to create galleries and upload photos to the system directly from a mobile device, on the fly. They can add comments, notes and other items using our metadata system. The software will even hard code a timestamp and long/lat value directly onto the image. Anderson can then search photos in any given project, any given gallery for any date range. This means they can get the photos they need, anytime they need them. Anderson uses our daily diary feature to great effect. Anyone on the project with a daily diary permission can create a daily diary, add photos from the photo gallery, attachments and any other data via the metadata tool. It will even track the weather automatically, using a MET office API tool. This has given all the contracts managers real-time updates on the project’s activity, as well as providing a concise record, stored securely in the BuilderStorm system.
BuilderStorm have a reputation for working really closely with our clients, and Anderson Group is no different. We tweaked all the features above to get them working exactly how Anderson needed them to. We took their feedback, and over time improved the product which all of our clients have since benefitted from. We also developed a unique feature that imports/exports data from Asta Power Project via an API for the many site-based diaries, this was a key point for real-time information on site progress. Anderson Group is now taking on board other features from the BuilderStorm platform to further benefit the productivity of the company. Having had other cloud-based software providers demonstrate their offerings, Anderson chose BuilderStorm over the competitors for the clear concise interface, feature range and no limits on the number of users and projects. We are pleased to have signed Anderson on a 3-year subscription, which they are looking to renew in the very near future.
“BuilderStorm really have gone the extra mile to offer a first-class solution that is exactly what the Anderson Group needed. I am pleased to say that they have consistently delivered excellent support, training and knowledge of our business and the construction industry on the whole. The return on investment was almost immediate and we continually see the value the system offers on a daily basis. I would encourage other construction companies to embrace technology and see what it can do for you and your business”