The Future of Construction is Technology

Perryn Olson

BIM and digital blueprints on tablets are now commonplace on construction jobsites, and online bid rooms are “old hat”. Buildings are chock full of technology to make them LEED certified, to appeal to Millennials, and to run innovative companies. We’re seeing amazing construction products fueled by technology including permeable concrete to massive brick road laying machines and even self-driving crash trucks for roadwork.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

Getting Subs to Use Your Construction Management Software

Shawn Foret

One of the biggest struggles our general contractor (GC) clients, and even our architecture and engineering clients, have is getting subcontractors into the digital age.

Many A/E/C (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) companies have heavily invested in construction software, infrastructure, and training to go digital, so it is difficult working with any team member that relies on paper plans. Also, because of the rapid speed of change in the construction industry, most paper plans are out of date before they get to the jobsite. That is just one of the many reasons why so many construction companies have moved to construction management applications like Procore, Viewpoint, and Bluebeam.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

Empowering A/E/C’s Mobile Workforce

Nicholas LaVerde

By nature, people in the A/E/C (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) industry are not in office because they are building something (a building, bridge, road, retail center, etc.). If they were in their office all the time, they’d be a manufacturer, not in the build industry. Construction’s mobile workforce creates a large technology challenge because the work environment is always in flux.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

9 Best Practices to Securing Your Construction Company’s Online Bid Process

Patrick Leonard

Let’s start with why does a construction company need to secure their company’s online bid process. First off, your data is the “blood” that flows throughout your entire company and many outsiders want it. Some want your data as a competitive advantage because knowing who your subs are on a project or their pricing can allow someone to outbid you since price is always a driving factor for construction proposals. Besides competitors in your industry, hackers want to add viruses, malware, and ransomware to your network, which they can charge you money to remove. At a minimum, a cyber-attack will slow down or potentially completely stop your employees from working.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

Don’t Hate Your Printer on Proposal Days

Patrick Leonard

Most A/E/C [Architecture/Engineering/Construction] firms live and die by the proposal, so any impediment to a proposal deadline is painful. The printer not working is one of the worst problems that can arise in the “heat of battle” and could prevent your company from submitting the proposal on-time after spending thousands of dollars preparing it.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

7 Tips to Easily Find Any Project File on Your Server in Seconds

Patrick Leonard

Because every minute counts when working on a build project in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry, we know it is vital that you can access the files you need quickly without much hassle. Last time, we spoke about securing your server and sharing files with team members at other companies, but that security doesn’t do you any good if it effects your productivity. Because a glitch in the project schedule can have a massive ripple effect and most projects are for a fixed fee, efficiency in A/E/C is vital.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

9 Ways A/E/C Firms Can Fortify Their Data, While Still Making It Accessible

Patrick Leonard

A/E/C (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) firms often have a difficult task protecting their data across their teams, and keeping prying eyes from being able to access it. Because the industry has so many companies collaborating and working on a single project from joint ventures, vendors, and subcontractors, accessibility is a must; yet confidential and proprietary data need to be protected. Here are 9 suggestions on how can you protect your data while still being able to securely share it.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

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