As the construction industry becomes increasingly mobile, contractors find themselves working onsite more frequently and managing multiple jobsites at once. New and affordable technologies enable contractors to stay connected to their employees and clients while optimizing productivity and building staff morale. While useful for companies of all sizes, these affordable innovations can give small businesses a competitive advantage by aiding mobility, cost efficiency and presentation quality—ultimately enabling them to compete more effectively with larger firms.
Because culture is a learned behavior, leaders are responsible for driving workplace adoption of new technologies. Following are four simple ways to establish a tech-friendly company culture. Continue »
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Construction demands an enormous amount of coordination, whether it’s organizing invitations to bid, performing MEP clash detections, amending project schedules or pricing change orders. The project connection technology used can facilitate the process or add more complexity and risk. Continue »
In the early stages of BIM deployment into the AEC industry, architects and engineers immediately benefited by providing more accurate construction documents in terms of visualization and coordination. Shortly thereafter, contractors realized BIM allowed them to more accurately estimate, schedule and execute a project’s construction. Now, more owners realize the benefits of BIM relating to facility management— from operations and maintenance to asset management and renovation. In this light, BIM has developed into an unparalleled tool of collaboration and shared return.
Adoption also is moving downstream to subcontractors, many of which are surprised at the return on investment when required to participate in the BIM process. As a result of the positive effect on their bottom line, an increasing number of subcontractors are adopting BIM into their standard business processes. Continue »
Not long ago, creating a mobile project team simply meant setting everyone up with a cell phone. As phones became smarter, wireless networks improved and data plans came down in price, contractors began to make mobility more meaningful. A new marketplace developed that offered construction-specific mobile apps for a variety of tasks, such as remote time entry, punch lists and even basic cost estimating. Continue »
No single advancement has the ability to change the construction industry as much as BIM, which has made its way into AEC businesses at an incredible velocity. According to the NBS National BIM Survey conducted in 2011, almost one-third (31 percent) of construction professionals are now using BIM—up from 13 percent in 2010. Three-quarters of construction professionals who are currently aware of BIM expect to be using it on some projects by the end of 2012. This rapid adoption means BIM will become the norm within the next five years.
The challenge for firms in the years to come will be to understand and leverage what the next generation of BIM will look like and what it means for their business moving forward. To put it plainly, if a firm’s use of BIM is a competitive advantage in the market today, what happens to that advantage when everyone is using it? Consider how BIM has been implemented during the past 10 years, and then overlay the advancements in cloud and mobile technologies to see what the future might look like for the construction industry. Continue »