A multifunction printer from the DesignJet series by HP is helping a leading construction company in the United States meet performance and profitability objectives in their operations.

Hensel Phelps designs, builds and manages major construction projects for commercial, military and governmental organisations. With operations across more than a dozen offices in the United States and over 2,700 employees, Hensel Phelps continues to refine its processes to meet the challenges of modern construction management.

According to Chad Neukirch, Area Superintendent, Southeast District, Hensel Phelps, a key challenge during the execution of major contracts is to ensure the job gets done on time and under budget through clear communication and accurate documentation. This is especially important when working with a multitude of subcontractors, and may impact the success of the project.

Neukirch explains that they have been doing more things electronically and reducing paper use for large projects where they work with larger subcontractors.

In this particular project, Hensel Phelps was contracted to renovate ten venues at a theme park only a mile from its Orlando, Florida field construction office. Using a paperless approach was not working for them at this project for several reasons. Since they had not designed the venues, they were forced to adapt to someone else’s way of doing things.

Secondly, they were working with a large number of local subcontractors that did not have the required digital building exposure to BIM products. While highly skilled, these companies did not have the resources or experience of working without paper. Teaching them how to work without paper was also not an option, given that they had only 90 days to complete the renovation of the ten venues.

Realising that he would have to try a new approach, Neukirch contacted Ron Perkins, President of Jobsite Tech Group, who put him in touch with HP. Subsequently, the HP DesignJet T2500 multifunction printer was installed at Hensel Phelps’ site construction office, transforming the way they worked on this project. The level of good visual communication enabled by the HP DesignJet T2500 multifunction printer allowed them to complete all ten venue renovations on schedule.

The HP DesignJet T2500 multifunction printer (MFP) at the site office was used for printing work schedules, plans and other documents, not only for Hensel Phelps staff, but also the subcontractors. Documents could also be copied or scanned enabling the latest changes to be widely shared.

With a wireless Internet connection and the ability to receive emails, the HP DesignJet T2500 MFP printed new plans within moments of their receipt at the site office. With a print speed of 21 seconds per D-size (8.5 x 11 in) sheet, new plans could be in use with minimal delay.

Neukirch said the MFP allowed them to make available new plans each day for the city building inspector’s visit. Clear work sequencing charts provided an open view of what each subcontractor should be doing where and when, eliminating confusion and time-consuming discussions about who was supposed to be working in an area.

With fine line detail down, and a six-colour capability (including grey and matte black), the printer can highlight details and features, or be used for rendering and presentation drawings. The MFP’s dual-roll function was helpful since Hensel Phelps used 24-inch and 36-inch wide rolls, and switching between them was easy.

According to Neukirch, with the tight timeline of only 90 days, and the number of changes received for each venue, they could not have met the deadlines without the HP DesignJet T2500 multifunction printer.

The intuitive functionality of the MFP allows new users to learn to operate the printer quickly. The additional capabilities of scanning and copying and the ability to store data in the cloud for remote printing, as well as output to FTP, USB or PC, make it a powerful tool for teams.

Neukirch is confident he will use the HP DesignJet MFP in future work. With projects often based in remote or restricted sites, the ability to have the latest printed plans within minutes of changes being approved can be a very important benefit.

Listing out the advantages of the HP DesignJet multifunction printer on the restaurants project, Neukirch said that it enabled them to keep their office staff focused; allowed their subcontractors to work efficiently and effectively; and provided up-to-the-minute documentation to the team on site, making the MFP’s contribution priceless.