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)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The COVID-19 pandemic created a new set of restrictions and safety protocols for the residential construction industry. Many jurisdictions began placing social distancing practices on inspectors, limiting their ability to visit the jobsite. The adjustment required many residential builders and inspectors to adapt to virtual inspections using videos, photographs, and recordings. As this new technology gains traction in the residential industry, questions arise regarding its benefits, drawbacks, and industry acceptance. This case study analyzes the perceptions and experiences of five separate homebuilders in Yolo County, California. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five residential general contractors, transcribed, and thematically analyzed to discover reoccurring patterns and ideas. Throughout the five interviews, seven significant themes emerged that all participants acknowledged, including familiarity with the technology, time savings, cost savings, applicability, accuracy, homebuilder's preference, and future considerations. Based on the interviews, homebuilders in Yolo County believe the new technology has potential time and cost savings. There are some concerns with the technology's accuracy since virtual inspections inhibit the inspector's visibility. However, all general contractors interviewed agreed they would like to see a hybrid system in the future that allows for some virtual inspections and some in-person inspections.

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