2017 Tech Predictions

When Star Trek™ debuted 50 years ago, who would have thought the technology employed on the Starship Enterprise would one day be used on construction jobsites. Read The Full Story »

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The health care sector seemingly remains recession-proof given the flurry of active construction initiatives. The visible shield protecting this construction work is directly related to the vast number of baby boomers providing an influx of new patients into hospitals and primary care physicians. Additionally, the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will decrease the number of uninsured Americans, which in turn increases the number of visits to non-emergency room clinics and offices. Continue »

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Tech providers are in the midst of a shift toward a demand for more open, user-friendly technology solutions due to a progressively more informed user base and forward-thinking providers that understand the benefits of integration. The past 10 years have been about allocating the right corporate technologies to cut operating costs from tight budgets without complicating processes. The next 10 years will be about making sure those technologies fit together to achieve corporate objectives.

As more employees become savvy in technology needs, requests once limited to the IT department are pouring in from all ends of the company. Construction executives have an obligation to shape the corporate IT strategy and choose the right solutions, but technology providers also have an obligation to provide flexible solutions that accommodate the strategy — building a bridge that drives greater efficiency. Continue »

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Takeoff vs. Takeoff

Ok, not exactly that simple. Trust but verify. Check and recheck. Measure twice, cut once. All of these may be overused clichés, but isn’t it interesting that everyone follows them. Companies want to do the best work for the least cost to get the most profit. If so, then is duplicating work ever beneficial? The definitive answer is yes! The best example of where replicating work pays off is the takeoff. A takeoff done to sell the business is different than the takeoff done to build the job. Not understanding this may mean the difference between profitability and losing money.

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Microsoft SharePoint has become the de facto standard for content management, with more than 60,000 global enterprises using it daily to manage, access and collaborate on documents.

The growth of SharePoint has been stimulated by the rapid expansion of content across industries. The total amount of content is estimated to increase to more than 40 zettabytes by 2020, which is equal to more than 40 billion terabytes (TB)—a difficult figure for even the most seasoned IT professional to comprehend.

The growth of content is evident in the construction industry, as large engineering and CAD files eat up storage space and drain budgets. For many construction companies, SharePoint’s storage limitations have prevented the program from taking hold as the content management platform it was designed to be. However, it is possible for construction companies to utilize SharePoint to its fullest potential without slowing productivity. Continue »

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New technologies seldom change industries on their own; instead, they require supporting infrastructures with which to effect transformations.

For example, MP3 digital audio files were invented to permit music to be transmitted over phone lines, but the music industry did not fully evolve until a supporting infrastructure (i.e., iTunes) was introduced and adopted. A century earlier, cars and trucks came on the scene, but the transportation industry was not transformed until interstate highways made roadways efficient. Continue »