College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Elbert Speidel, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


As construction project complexity continues to rise, there will be an increasing importance placed on a company’s ability to manage project information. This management is aided by the use of project management information systems (PMIS). These systems are made up of applications that help managers track project progress from start to finish. Whiting-Turner uses the application Plangrid within their PMIS. This paper will explore how Whiting-Turner implements Plangrid on the currently being constructed Oakland Global Logistics Center. In addition, this paper will review the fundamental concepts behind a PMIS, the framework of mobile computing applications, and the features of leading cloud based software. Whiting-Turner’s Plangrid implementation for this project has been broken down into use, effectiveness, and areas that Plangrid could further develop. The core uses of Plangrid for this project include: a set of mobile electronic plans that assist in field decision making, a tool for documenting task progress and safety measures, and a means of document encapsulation where RFIs and submittals are linked to plan sheets. Overall, the project team found Plangrid to be effective within their PMIS. However, areas for Plangrid to further develop include: the desktop interface, project party collaboration, and integration with other applications.