It’s easy to criticize our culture for having too much paperwork. Even retail clothing outlets ask for your personal information at checkout. But it’s not all red tape; workers in every field imaginable can do their jobs better than ever before thanks to the amount of data available to them. Think about it: When you begin a project, don’t you like having numbers and past experiences to rely on? We live in a data-driven society, more now than ever before. You can find numbers on almost any topic, for almost any statistic.

So why do we get frustrated supplying all this data, even when it means we can do our jobs better in the future?

Maybe the problem isn’t the amount of information available to us. Maybe the problem is the fear of organizing it.

Mad Dog Materials deals specifically with the field of drain tile repair on pipeline construction projects. And, to be fair, these complaints have been legitimate up until this point in history. Consider how we’ve been gathering this data: A Foreman has to write down all the information in a notebook, and then he has to transcribe all of what he’s written to a digital database. And when does that happen? More likely than not, after the work day has already ended.

So here you have two reasons for complaint: One, keeping all of this information organized—within a notebook or otherwise—is a pain. Bad weather conditions can damage pages, making the job even tougher. Second, entering the information into a company database when the work day is over? No wonder they feel bitter about logging data!

Mad Dog took these complaints into consideration when trying to find a more efficient solution.

We knew that taking the database out of the equation was never a realistic possibility; keeping the information from each repair stored digitally is a far simpler option, which makes all the data easier to access later. The solution, therefore, must lie in finding a way to enter that information more efficiently. Current systems require a foreman to enter it twice, essentially; once in his notebook, and again on a computer.

Thanks to smartphones, why not simply enter the information directly from the field into the database? And so the Mad Dog Materials Mobile App was born.

But we didn’t stop there. We realized that browsing all of this collected data would also be easier if the mobile app were also connected to a web app, where those who planned projects could easily analyze it. The Mad Dog Materials Web App followed quickly in the mobile app’s footsteps.

The world is moving more and more in a data-driven direction, and this is a good thing. More data means better information, and more efficient projects. If we can find new ways to gather this data and harness its potential, we can contribute to the progression of our industry.

No red tape required.