Construction software platform MindForge has rolled out a contactless orientation feature that allows for the safe onboarding of jobsite workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of group classes, superintendents and others can use MindForge’s online portal to send new employees safety materials and instructional videos for specific jobsites to ensure that social distancing is maintained during orientation.MindForge also tracks whether a worker watched the video in its entirety, and measures how much an employee retains by issuing quizzes and questionnaires throughout the orientation.

MindForge clients include Pasadena, California-based Pankow Builders and Berglund Construction and Pepper Construction, both in Chicago, according to MindForge President Stokes McIntyre. Each company uses the platform at differing levels.He told Construction Dive that prior to developing the software this year, the company interviewed contractors and found that even some large contractors with hundreds of employees across multiple jobs frequently failed to capture employees’ personal data like cellphone numbers or email addresses. That makes widespread communication more difficult and is why contractors often rely on large in-person briefings instead of texts or emails.