For many project teams, virtual design and construction (VDC) and BIM are opening up a whole new world of design evolution. Products and materials are being specified in models, and clashes are being detected before the ground is even broken on a building. The ability to design and share instructions in 3D is making teams more efficient than ever before. But what happens when project partners don’t have access to or technical knowledge of BIM solutions? How can they benefit from the wealth of knowledge contained in a 3D model? Continue »
Construction firms often are wary of implementing new software given the complexity, duration and cost. Nonetheless, firms occasionally must take the investment plunge when existing systems no longer meet their needs, or if it’s mandated by a project owner. Continue »
Millions of square feet of tenant finish office space are designed and occupied each year. Often, the space being taken by a new tenant is either considerably outdated or has been “white boxed” (outfitted with only the bare minimum basics.” In either case, many tenants are faced with the task of hiring a design team and contractor for the construction of their new home-away-from-home. Lighting is an important, necessary and frequently overlooked component of any new build-out. A number of factors should be taken into consideration when selecting and designing lighting systems for tenant finish spaces. Continue »
The outlook for 2013 among heavy civil/infrastructure firms is surprisingly optimistic, even though 40 percent of respondents saw more bidders on jobs in 2012 than in 2011, according to a survey conducted by construction estimating software developer HCSS. The survey also found more than half of respondents ventured outside their normal specialty or geographic area in 2012 to remain competitive, and more than half of respondents do not intend to expand their workforce this year.
How many times have you scoured through a drawing set to manually count all occurrences of a certain element – perhaps a door, a window or an electrical outlet? And, how many times have you wished you could just simply speed up the process? If you’re like most in the construction industry, your answer is probably every single time you’ve been tasked with this job. Continue »
Salvador Dali Museum’s Unique Build Requirements Successfully Met with a Concrete Construction Management Process
Reinforced Structures, Inc. (RSI) of Tampa, Florida was started in 2003 by Steve Whitely. RSI is a full service concrete subcontractor that works throughout the state of Florida and has been branching into Maryland. RSI excels in dewatering, excavation, formwork, reinforcing, hoisting, and concrete placement. RSI’s experience and knowledge enables them to deliver projects on time and within budget. RSI’s concrete construction management package starts with the pre-construction phase of the project, which includes planning, estimating, and plan review. The team of experts successfully handles a variety of structures including post-tension, pre-cast joists, flat slab, composite construction, standard reinforcement, and hollow core. Continue »
Centered on Stadiums & Arenas
Sports stadiums and entertainment facilities are among the physically largest projects on which construction companies work. In terms of scale, these projects are massive—contractors may have to clear huge tracts of land, source massive amounts of materials and equipment to raise the structure, and deal with community approval issues. These contracts also frequently come with tight deadlines and little cushion. However, they also come with multi-million dollar price tags, making them especially lucrative and highly sought after projects. Continue »
Atlanta – May 8, 2013 – NexTraq®, a leading GPS fleet tracking and fleet management company, announced today that its client, Evrard-Strang Construction Inc., saved money on fuel and insurance costs while improving productivity with the NexTraq GPS Fleet Tracking solution. Continue »
The company headed by this author recently went through an analysis of software tools that would enhance business productivity and provide the ability for scalability, security, stability and cost. Although the digit group inc. is primarily a technology company that supports the AEC market, its processes, workflows and schedules closely resemble traditional firms in the AEC industry. Continue »
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – April 18, 2013 – Maxwell Systems, Inc., a leading provider of construction management software solutions, expert services and best practices, announced it launched a rebrand of its company that includes a new visual identity and a new tagline, Empowering Construction™.
Everyone wants to get paid as early as possible. Waiting for a check to be mailed can be disruptive and costly to contractors. Mobile credit card readers are approximately one-inch-by-one-inch devices that attach to a smart phone and process credit cards on the spot and are gaining popularity among entrepreneurs, traveling professionals and any business that offers delivery services.
Atlanta – April 23, 2013 – NexTraq®, a leading GPS fleet and asset tracking company, today announced it will support the Garmin fleet 590 navigation device, a first-to-market technology that enables service and distribution companies to quickly ramp up with the NexTraq® Fleet Tracking solution with an easy-to-install device that provides advanced functionality including driver behavior monitoring. Continue »