Technology Ideas

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by HokieAg07, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. HokieAg07

    HokieAg07 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    Hey guys, I am working on a project to implement a technology package that will hopefully increase our efficiency, improve customer satisfaction, reduce paper use, and put information at peoples fingertips.

    We have a developer that does all of our software work for the company that will be working with me to help transform my ideas and concepts into reality. We are shooting for something on a tablet/iPad sort of device.

    We do commercial service work that includes monthly system inspections and repairs.

    Some ideas that I have are:

    - Property information database to include address, POC information, zone descriptions maybe overlaid on a aerial photo

    - Client contact information/irrigation contract specifications

    - Invoicing/work orders

    - Quotations/Proposals

    - When work is performed on a site, an email goes to client to let them know what has been done or that a work order is complete.

    What other things have you guys done in regards to this kind of thing? Would really like your experiences and suggestions.

    THanks!
     
  2. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    Good ideas and a guaranteed save with the efficiencies.

    Might ping Dana as he just started using a mobile Work Order Management system that does most of what you are looking for. Moreover, you can use the free version of Google Maps to overlay boundaries, heads, controller locations on top of recent aerial imagery.

    If it were me, and I am a Google *****, I would go with Google Coordinate- Might tackle all your tasks in one.
     
  3. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,889

    I need to get going with the google maps and imaging..

    what program do you use to get your lines markings on the map?

    hope all is well..

    love you guys!
     
  4. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    Eddie,

    A link to a map I made for the local Little League. The lines look a lot better and rounded as I drew them when I am logged in and view it, but you get the idea in google maps. You could more easily simply draw in the lines rather than rough zone coverage, as I have done.

    http://goo.gl/maps/F2gCT
     
  5. LawnMastersTx

    LawnMastersTx LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    We use Google Earth to map out the campus. Easy to use and you can add a lot of information, plus its FREE :clapping::clapping:
     
  6. HunterTekGeek

    HunterTekGeek LawnSite Member
    Posts: 240

    I'm not sure this company has everything you are looking for but they do specialize in solutions for the Green Industry: http://www.hindsitesoftware.com/
    Everything links back to Quickbooks or Peachtree for accounting. I believe they have mapping capabilities too.
     
  7. RhettMan

    RhettMan LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,118

    I'm thinking about welding a shovel carrier, that acts mutch like a "pull while walking" golf bag dolly :)

    yet unlike golf clubs, with the shovel head down rather than up, so that mud and dirt are less likely to run down the handle, and less likely to drip onto the "dolly motor"
     
  8. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,267

    I have been using Skitch a lot for site notes, POC, Controller, head and valve locations. Then our other tools: hindsite, client log in on our website with file sharing and gps tracking for cross referencing. Skitch is excellent for work orders and remote troubleshooting with a tech in the field as well.
     
  9. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    I heard these work really well, but I haven't tried them yet.

    etch_a_sketch-1.jpg
     
  10. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,277

    Well done Dana! I never could draw straight lines on an etch a sketch :laugh:
     

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