Dear diary, today I’ve helped railway construction workers
The diary, as a concept, trails back for centuries. We have the ancient diaries of Samuel Pepys, who chronicled life in London in the 17th century. Like many diaries, it was never intended for public viewing and Pepys was no exception. His musings from 1660 to 1669 were only published long after his death.
Diaries are like that.
They are meant to be factual and personal accounts of events, emotions and a way of expressing yourself with no audience.
If we fast forward almost three hundred years, Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, kept a diary in hiding in Amsterdam, which was only made public after her death in 1945.
Now we’re by no means claiming that our Raildiary app will ever have the significance or historical weight of the printed diaries of either Anne Frank or Samuel Pepys. They are both epochal in their importance, whereas our diary is software, very useful software for the railway construction industry.
There are though similarities in the concept, as well as stark differences.
Usually, diaries are handwritten or typed expressions of occurrences. They follow a chronological path and the diary, in its modern form, has morphed from a small notebook to a Filofax to an online calendar format.
Our diary, Raildiary, was not designed as an introspective tool to record thoughts and feelings, mark events or remain private.
Ours is, dare we say, more sophisticated than the traditional diary.
Firstly, it’s an app, an application, downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Search for it as Raildiary or Sitediary or click the link here and you will be guided on how to download it. It takes seconds.
Rather like diaries that were never meant to be read by others, ours is similarly secure. You’re presented with a sign in screen that will lead you into the app.
Unlike generic diaries or online organisers, ours, however, is industry specific. It’s designed for the railway construction industry by experts in that field.
Just as downloading it takes little time, our diary app enables stakeholders to reduce the burden of paperwork and do smart things like uploading photos, compiling reports, spreadsheets and information that is backed up in the cloud, with it being available to others involved in the project
It is transparent, secure and easily integrates with existing systems.
If Samuel Pepys was alive today, would he write his records over 9 years with pen and paper, or would he adopt modern technology?
We’ve no time travelling abilities at our base in Manchester, but we do know that with projects like HS2 (link to last blog), record keeping needs to be lean and responsive for everyone involved in that behemoth of a development.
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Dear Raildiary, today we’ve decided to embrace your software - that could be your first entry?