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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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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 »

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Engaged Leadership Makes the Difference

BIM is more than a garden-variety software installation; it’s an all-encompassing exercise in change management. To succeed, the implementation effort must be led and championed from the top—not by middle managers and technical experts.

BIM is an organizational shift disguised as a software implementation. To get the most value, it’s best to treat BIM like learning a new language—one that will take a while for the entire enterprise to speak fluently. It can affect every aspect of how general contractors do business, from bids and pre-construction to site supervision and cost control.

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Twenty years ago, the pre-construction process involved stacks of paper, trails of phone calls and nothing more high tech than a filing cabinet. Thanks to the cloud, everything from prequalification to proposal review has become paperless, automated and centralized—cutting administrative costs and boosting project efficiency from subcontractors, estimators and construction managers.

Which technologies are transforming the bid process for today’s general contractors, and what’s in the works to enhance their future operations? Let’s take a look. Continue »

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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 »

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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 »