What is Gordhead? Gordhead is Horizon’s new “brain”; a brain that management and supervision access to share problems and quickly arrive at collaborative solutions, the end result being a team that moves in the same direction at the same time. The collaborative process is streamlined and goals are more quickly achieved, without the normal headaches caused by lack of communication. Gordhead answers questions that so many managers struggle with daily. Questions like:

  • Why can’t my team get on the same page?
  • Why can’t I get my team to focus on my direction?
  • Why can’t I find out where is my project heading? For that matter, why can’t I track my project in real-time?
  • Why can’t I get a real-time and accurate assessment of my project?
  • Why can’t I get all the same information to everyone on my team at the same time?
  • Why can’t I make individual members of my team accountable?
  • Why can’t I check on my team’s progress without interrupting them?
  • Why can’t I manage my work without having to use multiple software systems?

Gordhead addresses these concerns and more. With Gordhead, Horizon is able to manage its projects like no other builder in the industry, enabling its team to communicate in seconds, not hours, days or weeks. The software provides the ability to share drawings, specifications, schedules and other necessary information with production leaders and in turn with the craft building the vessels. With portable work tablets, each production leader is able to pull up the latest revisions of drawings, read the contract specifications, order necessary material, review the project schedule…pretty much anything the project requires; all while being at their work site on the boat. This forward thinking approach not only aids in better communication between craft, management and customers but also makes accountability equal among all, from the production leader to the highest levels and everyone in between.

A unique characteristic of this system is that customers are able to join in the use of Gordhead to track, in real time, the progress of their vessel. The customer representative can be part of the discussions, monitor progress and even review the real-time production schedule. All issues, information and communication are readily available with a click of the mouse. Each production task is tracked using Gordhead from beginning of design to delivery of the vessel. One significant advantage is that customers can be a part of the production process without actually being on the premises.

Gordhead is similar to a combination of a web blog, a file sharing site, an email program and a scheduling program. All aspects of the project are within the Gordhead framework. Web blogs are great for allowing communication between many different people but are not tied to any other aspect of the project. Typical file sharing websites allow the sharing of files but those sites lack the ability to communicate with one another and track progress or comment on the progression of the contract. Email is a great tool but has a tendency to be overused and is limited to just those people that are copied on the email. Scheduling software is a good tool to keep track of a project and determine what tasks are supposed to happen when but only a few members of the team usually look at the schedule and communication concerning schedule issues is cumbersome. With Gordhead, all of the projects activities are tied together and in one location. Every team member sees the same thing at the same time. Customers have an enhanced comfort level, knowing that day or night all they have to do is log on to determine the status of their project in real-time.

In addition, payroll, accounting and scheduling software is integrated into Gordhead and real-time reports are immediately available. Report data is automatically synchronized with the external software and reports are generated automatically with a push of a button.

The Gordhead collaboration software assures Horizon’s customers are having their concerns addressed and their needs met quickly and efficiently, thereby receiving the best vessels on the market today at competitive prices.

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