On-Site Magazine

HCSS Plans Software

By Adam Freill   

Construction Software

Digital plans management software designed for heavy civil construction jobsite foremen in the field.

(Photo courtesy of HCSS)

HCSS Plans is a digital plans management solution designed for foremen in the heavy civil construction sector. The software offers near real-time version control; organization and syncing of markups; and the ability to show precisely how the planned construction looks in the field. It also includes built-in calculators for determining common material quantities.

By providing near real-time version control, notifications, and automatic syncing to deliver the latest plans set directly to mobile devices at the jobsite, the system helps to eliminate rework and save time. Old revisions in the system are marked as void, and the latest plan set revision is automatically updated, with sheets marked to show exactly what portions of the plans have undergone revisions. A version-compare feature allows foremen to stack sheets and see changes marked in colour for quick identification of work that has been altered.

The program provides markups showing measurements and calculations of work completed each day by the foreman, with annotations grouped by foreman in user layers.

Another major feature is a unique bundle of useful location services, which enable foremen to see what the planned construction looks like in the field, determine their precise location at all times, and mark locations with location flags. HCSS Plans users can find their precise location on the plan set and prepare an overlay of a map view with the actual plans documents.

Foremen can use the location compare feature to coordinate among various work disciplines to identify any potential conflicts in depth requirements for utilities, for example concrete stormwater and electrical.




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