I will try to explain my idea, i have no idea, what skills are required, would like to get suggestions from you guys. Currently working as senior site engineer, and having worked in construction for about 10 years, last 5 doing Quality Assurance works, have an idea to use the modern technology to make it easier and quicker. I have all ideas, and requirements from construction point of view, but would require the help at making this handy. here we go
I need software to be designed for signing off Quality Assurance on construction site, would like to use a PDA, or tablet connected to website, and requiring multiple log in, with authorisation, so the person takes this to site, and use it for quality assurance. QA is what we are required to do on almost day to day basis, with every activity on site. Database required to save pictures, put a comments on site against a activity, be it for defect or proof that it is done as it should, and signs off electronically. All companies have their own forms for QA, and are adapted to suit on site, an example is different types of roofs, so the system should be very much adaptable without requiring [url removed, login to view] the system needs to be adaptable and the person (with administrative option) doesn't have to be whiz to make changes. whatever is signed off, to upload at the same instance on the website.
Require feature that, if the QA manager want's to issue a defect to subcontractor, he takes a picture, and record who is the subcontractor, the defect to be issued automatically to the subbie, at a set [url removed, login to view] system, should not use the memory of the unit, it is to be recorded on the server of the website. now, the forms, might be possible to be uploaded after scanning, or must be very much easier, but everybody shouldn't be allowed to amend the form, but system should record, logs and sign off with the person's id. There might be multiple people logged in at the same time, using the same form, only rarely but system should support that. the system should also allow multiple comments with initials (person logged in ).
There are some other things that could be done on PDA/Tablets like permits on sites like Safety audits, and a lot other H & S stuff.
There is something we call 'Snagging' it is mainly at the end of the job, before handover. there are hundreds and hundreds of sheets done for that, it is to sign off the building for all the defects to finishings to the clients satisfication. This is very difficult and long process as well. What we do is, go in a room with client's representative, he and us, mark the drawing, take pictures, when you come out of room, sometimes you may have 50 items on the list, so you go back at the end of day, print pictures, and then the task of what was wrong on that picture, and issue to sub-contractor. but if we could have drawing uploaded on the system, he goes in the room, mark where is picture being taken, take a picture, and comment at the time, and off you go. done at the same time. system should allow to print everything, in presentable way. If possible a system should allow to attach different files to the QA form like emails (confirmations) other than comments and photos. Let me give you an example, i have something on QA, which i need to get confirmation from structural engineer, and i have email confirmation, that it is fine, normally, in paper based system, we attach email copy to the QA form, so the need is to support multiple attachments.
would like system to issue alerts, to notify what is not signed off on a sheet, which is sometimes forgotten, but that system should be as option, which could be turned off.
I hope it will make some sense to you guys, need idea of softwares to be used, languages,time frame, cost, and support system, as can employ somebody here once the system is up and running, but would like support for one year, to sort out the bugs.