Enabling construction teams through software integration

Construction teams love it when a project plan comes together -- on time and under budget -- and they're not alone. Three-fourths of employees rate teamwork as "very important" and 40 percent said they would even pay out-of-pocket for digital tools to help them work together more efficiently.

When implemented properly, software solutions that enable construction teams can have a very real impact on the bottom line. In fact, 91 percent of contractors and owners say that real-time collaboration reduces risk and improves outcomes on projects. Additionally, three out of four construction industry experts agreed that data integration and coordination dramatically improved the customer experience by reducing uncertainty.

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Job Costing Best Practices

Job costing is a pretty basic requirement for all construction projects. You have to track and account for all costs associated with a project. To take it a step further, you should also categorize these costs based on their relationship to the project. Common examples of these include labor, materials, equipment, subcontract charges, and burden.

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4 Guidelines for Data Management in Construction

The devil’s in the details is a phrase that certainly applies to the construction industry. The success or failure of construction projects can be determined by communication, collaboration, and overall efficiency. All of the small details that go into a project. Data management is all about the details. Entire businesses run off of data, but each small piece is another detail to keep track of. Keeping track of those communications, allowing for free collaboration, and increasing efficiency along the way can be done through proper data management and integration.

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Back to the Basics: Where to Focus for Success in Construction

If you ask leaders in the construction industry what areas to focus on to be successful, you could get an array of different answers depending on who you ask. If you ask a general contractor, he will give you a different answer than the head architect, and she will give you a different answer than a construction software provider.

On the cutting edge of construction technology, we see automation, efficiency, and data management becoming essential to all projects. These advances mean fewer mistakes, fewer safety issues, and fewer unforeseen budgeting snags.

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Green Trends in Construction beyond LEED Certification

  What does it mean to be a sustainable builder? A grass hut in the desert? Are there grass huts in the desert? Being a sustainable builder means building structures with the future and low-energy use in mind and implementing the green trends in construction. Using products and practices that will waste less and have fewer harmful byproducts is another large part of being sustainable in AEC.

Sustainably designed buildings and environments are put through a thoughtful process required to build green such as LEED certification requirements. The projects details are evaluated and optimized down to the smallest and most subtle detail. Sustainability in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) is becoming increasingly important as the earth continues to support growing human populations and larger industry.

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The Internet of Things: What you Need to Know

Over the last few years, there has been a lot of buzz around the Internet of Things, or IoT. What is IoT and what can it do for you? We have the answers. The internet of things is a network of remotely controlled devices. Anything from your fridge or your babycam to the HVAC in your office building. Any of these physical things can be connected, or networked, and controlled remotely. The applications could be endless for your home. You could control everything from your garage door to your coffee maker and beyond. If you forget to turn off the oven or want to change the temperature on the thermostat, you can do it from your smartphone. It gives users so much more visibility and control, which can lead to more safety. How does it work? It’s actually quite simple. It is a combination of processors with real work electronic sensors.

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Triple Sight in Construction Technology

As a construction specialist working in the technology industry, our Construction Technology Architect Adam realizes the potential tech has to transform the construction industry. To help others best understand how technology in construction has evolved, and therefore where it can lead in respect to app integration, business intelligence, and security, he has broken it down into the three stages of triple sight; hindsight, current sight and foresight. Hindsight Hindsight is all about learning about and analyzing the past.

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Create an Intelligent Jobsite

Construction jobsites are evolving. Technology is playing a bigger role in every aspect of construction projects – from the way engineers and designers collaborate to the way we track onsite employees. Although the industry as a whole is slow to adopt technology, construction has not been untouched the technological advances – even the small mom and pop shops are now finding ways to integrate technology into their projects. Making your jobsite intelligent is becoming paramount as more technology continues to be integrated into construction projects. Gone are the days when hard copies are the only documents being passed between the jobsite and the headquarters.

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