To adapt to market changes and economic factors, many construction companies cut staff, bid and executed projects at much lower profit margins, switched to lower cost subcontractors and suppliers, added new specialties, diversified their businesses and found new ways to operate more efficiently.
Successful construction businesses question how to make the most of what they have, as well as seek ways to increase their revenue without driving up overhead costs and putting their bottom line at risk. Continue »
In the construction business, a renovation can be just as costly and complicated as building an entirely new structure. Plus, it may not be possible to completely modernize a renovated building’s infrastructure. The same can be true when it comes to updating a construction firm’s communications infrastructure. By migrating to a hosted (i.e., cloud-based) communications platform that integrates voice, data and video, construction owners and managers gain access to an array of new technologies and capabilities at a lower investment and a faster ROI.
Simply put, cloud-based Voice over Private Internet (VoPI) is a revolutionary approach to unified communications that uses private, point-to-point circuits to carry customers’ voice, data and video. By leveraging communications on an integrated platform, VoPI allows for real-time collaboration and increased productivity. At the same time, VoPI can eliminate 100 percent of traditional telecom costs and reduce the number of vendors involved in voice and data. Continue »
The Woodlands, Texas (Dec 17, 2012) — On Center Software, the first name in construction automation, announces today the latest release of its award winning portfolio: On-Screen Takeoff®, Quick Bid, and Digital Production Control™.
Customers with current active licenses on maintenance will benefit from the following new features: Continue »
For years, the construction industry has talked about closing the divide between the office and the field. The perception that this divide exists stems from how construction companies typically approach their work. At the highest level, construction projects are usually viewed from two perspectives: operational and financial. However, there is a third perspective to consider, a middle ground that offers a better informed view of the project and a place where both sides can collaborate. Continue »
Building information modeling (BIM) has demonstrated great value for design and pre-construction processes. Yet, technology for the field has lagged significantly behind that of the back office, creating a chasm between the virtual design and its physical delivery. Continue »
The Challenges and Benefits of BIM Today—and in the Future
When building information modeling (BIM) began gaining popularity a decade ago, it was expected to dramatically change the construction industry. In addition to replacing 2-D drawings with 3-D, 4-D and 5-D models, BIM users can determine exactly how each building component works together in the planning stage to create a more cost- and time-efficient final product. Now that the industry is familiar with the technology, the ways in which BIM is used has exceeded what was initially forecast. Continue »