Development of manned submersibles is complex. Not only does it involve design and construction of the vehicles, but also the safety and regulatory aspects of sending humans to remote reaches of the deep-sea. With the extremely involved nature of these projects, it is essential that all stakeholders, from vendors to clients, trust that the process is managed as accurately as possible.
Upon discovering the collaborative benefits of Smartsheet , it was evident that we had found a tool that would help ensure that every project is completed in a way that exceeds stakeholder expectations.
OceanGate uses Smartsheet for project management for three main reasons:
- Ease of Use: When completing design reviews and analysis of the submersibles, the familiarity of the spreadsheet interface along with the Gantt chart feature, allows the team to provide transparent visibility to large clients, without any training needed.
- Real-time Information: With multiple stakeholders actively involved on each project, including vendors, OceanGate professionals and clients, it is important to have one location to find the most up-to-date information. Smartsheet allows team members to open a sheet and see the actual status of each project and task.
- Remote Collaboration: As with any multifaceted project, communication among stakeholders is essential for its success. With such widespread contributors, the anytime, anywhere access to Smartsheet enables the appropriate parties to make updates to the project, no matter their location. Additionally, with the ability to attach documents to specific tasks, Smartsheet has become the central repository for all important documents.