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Cheers to Another Decade of Industry Innovations
There’s no doubt AEC firms have come a long way since the inaugural issue of Construction Executive was published in January 2003—especially in the areas of safety, technology, collaboration and sustainability. Although the industry faces a looming workforce shortage and numerous economic hurdles, there’s a lot to be excited about regarding the materials, tools, equipment and technology that help bring construction projects to life.
Following is a small sampling of innovations firms can take advantage of now and expect in the near future. Know a good one we missed? Share it with us on Twitter (@ConstructionMag) or Facebook. Continue »
Design and construction executives need better ways to manage email, submittals, punch lists and closeout—and they need solutions to work everywhere from the office to the jobsite trailer to the field. Project information management (PIM) software often can meet these needs, but not in multiple locations. Continue »
Today’s mobile devices are affordable and powerful enough to take construction management technology into the field, ultimately transforming project delivery. Inspectors complete checklists in the field on mobile devices. Executives monitor quality and safety for all current projects simultaneously from their offices. Owners stay on top of construction progress without picking up the phone, and documentation handoff is smoother than ever. Continue »
Portland, Ore. – January 9th, 2013 – Viewpoint Construction Software® has acquired mobile solutions provider, ACS Connect, which furthers its commitment to bring value-enhancing products to customers and the construction industry. The acquisition allows Viewpoint to accelerate the expansion of its mobile product offering for both users of Viewpoint V6 Software® as well as customers of other ERP or accounting packages.
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The first commercial spreadsheets, called VisiCalc, came about in 1978 on an Apple II computer. A huge improvement from number mapping on a blackboard, VisiCalc allowed professionals to manipulate and organize numbers based on underlying formulas. The 1980s brought Lotus 1-2-3 onto the scene with basic database options and faster computing, referencing and graphing integration. In the early 1990s, Microsoft Excel finally overtook Lotus and has since been the preferred spreadsheet application. Continue »
Technology is moving fast, with more gadgets, devices and services around for work (and entertainment) than ever before. But just because new technologies exist doesn’t mean that they are right for every contractor—or that every contractor is ready to use them. Many believe buying the latest and greatest technology will immediately solve all of their problems, which rarely happens. Contractors must approach potential solutions with an end goal and a solid plan for achieving the desired results.
Software as a Service (SaaS) and mobile solutions are two of the more prominent technologies taking the spotlight in the construction industry. Both offer ways to increase efficiency and give contractors tools to run their businesses better, but a few things should be kept in mind when assessing options. Continue »
Twenty years ago, a laptop could cost the equivalent of a month’s salary for the employee who was supposed to use it. Since then, prices of mobile computers have been slashed. Great news, isn’t it?
Not so fast. Yes, mobile computers have become much more inexpensive, and much more advanced, but there other major changes have occurred in the workplace as well.
Westchester, NY – The Blue Book Building and Construction Network, publisher of targeted company, contractor and project information for the commercial construction industry, recently announced the successful sale of the previously family-owned company to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) in conjunction with the celebration of the company’s 100th year in business. Continue »
The National Institute of Standards and Technology estimates U.S. operations and maintenance firms spend at least $4.8 billion annually verifying that documentation accurately represents existing conditions in their facilities and another $613 million transferring that information into a useful format. This does not include the cost of re-creating lost documents. While owners have been bearing the brunt of the poor handover of project information, they are starting to require construction and engineering firms do a better job managing the critical data needed to maintain and operate completed facilities. Continue »
The business world has embraced the benefits of social media, and many companies successfully use a variety of platforms for everything from customer relations and promotions to thought leadership and even sales. Continue »