The way prospective customers connect with a construction company has been inexorably moving away from the hidebound tradition of personal connections and the “old boy network.” Control of who gets invited to bid on projects is shifting into younger hands, which are much more likely to research their options online. Continue »
A website is the face of any company. It’s an organization’s sales team, its recruitment office, its showroom and its resource library. Continue »
Welcome to a special edition of Tech Trends showcasing the latest mobile apps and software for construction professionals.
From onsite punch lists, plan rooms, calendars and jobsite logging to technology for project management, collaboration, accounting and project leads, this special edition of Tech Trends features a dozen software solutions to help contractors manage their businesses more effectively, more efficiently and more profitability. Continue »
Applications, apps (not the same thing), the hybrid cloud, the Internet of Everything, the rise of smart machines, the linking of the physical and digital worlds, and acceptance of the inevitable all play a part in the strategies to cope with and triumph over the challenge of so-called disruptive technologies that will characterize 2014. Continue »
Facebook regularly changes the way it handles its news feed. The latest tweak may be welcomed by users, but it will make it more difficult for businesses’ text posts to be seen. The new algorithm increases text posts from friends in news feeds but downplays text posts from businesses. Facebook encourages business pages to post content that is visually more dynamic and interesting than plain text (i.e., with photos, videos and links). Continue »
“Disruption” will be the word of the year in 2014 when it comes to technology. Worse, most AEC problems are “wicked,” meaning they are almost insoluble due to the variety of frames of reference from stakeholders on construction projects. Continue »
Putting information into the hands of the people closest to the action is not a revolutionary concept. When the action takes place at multiple locations away from a control center and involves constantly changing conditions and participants, the flow of information becomes that much more important. Continue »
Domain names with the extension .net, .org, .edu or .com are hard to come by these days if an organization wants to get a web address that matches its name. The traffic jam will ease later this year when more than 1,000 new extensions become available, including .build. For the first time, the construction industry will have its own domain.
As technology continues its endless pursuit of innovation and change, it is the time of year to take stock of what occurred in 2013 and peek into what 2014 promises to provide the AEC market. In short, 2014 is poised to become the year the AEC industry breaks free of the technology shackles of the past. Continue »
It’s a good idea for construction firms to take a hard look at their website every couple of years, both to compare it to the competition and to make sure it still accurately reflects what the company does well. Continue »
A new app is in the works that will allow multiple people to view objects in 2-D drawings in 3-D, complete with 360-degree perspectives. Continue »