The construction industry is undergoing a transition from being paper based to a digital one. This transition puts a document management challenge on all members of the construction team, but most specifically the general contractor which has to ensure that the appropriate information reaches the intended party in a usable format. The submittal process has historically been very paper intensive with multiple copies begin distributed to various parties. Transitioning to a digital format will decrease the amount of paper copies, but presents challenges to the general contractor. The first is the traditional method of noting documents will not be sufficient, training in digitally editing documents will be necessary for the project managers and engineers. The second issue is document management in the office, new standard operating procedures will be necessary to ensure that the departments know how the submittals will be tracked, reviewed and sent to the appropriate parties.


construction, web based project management, submittals, training, cost savings, efficiency, documents, internet

Date of this Version




Department Head

Robert Cox Phd

Month of Graduation


Year of Graduation



Master of Science

Degree Type

Directed Project

Head of Graduate Program

Robert Cox Ph. D.

Advisor 1 or Chair of Committee

Kirk Alter, Ph. D.

Committee Member 1

Daphene Koch, Ph. D.

Committee Member 2

Bryan Hubbard, Ph. D., PE