Educating the Construction Workforce
September 13, 2013
As in every industry, construction professionals can benefit from continuing education. This is especially true when it comes to technology, which is constantly evolving. Technology education can also benefit students of construction, as they learn the latest techniques being put to use out in the real world.
One company is working with schools to give students a chance to work with professional tools. Corecon Technologies, www.corecon.com, Huntington Beach, Calif., is providing free licenses for its Corecon V7 cloud-based estimating and construction project management software to colleges and universities with construction management or related majors.
The Corecon software allows students to experiment with a technology used by professionals, and the company hopes it will provide them a competitive advantage in the job market. Corecon V7 is used for estimating and project management, including modules for business development, estimating, vendor bid management, contract administration, procurement, time tracking, document control, correspondence, and scheduling.
The software’s online TeamLink Portal allows users to collaborate with remote team members, no matter if they are using a tablet, laptop, or smartphone. The online portal is accessible via all devices with Web access.
Education can also be important for professionals working in the field. Two technology companies have developed a forum where professionals can share information and talk about use cases. ProCon Solutions, www.procon-solutions.com, Salt Lake City, Utah, and AboutTime Technologies, www.abouttimetech.com, Payson, Utah, created Rocky Mountain ConTech to allow for open discussion of construction technology. The first forum will be held Oct. 22 in South Jordan, Utah.
AboutTime Technologies provides the industry with time attendance solutions. The company’s Mobile Data Collection software allows companies to collect, track, and manage mobile field data in realtime from remote locations using a variety of devices. ProCon Solutions works with construction industry finance and operations groups to develop solutions for managing business processes and technology.
Another opportunity for construction professionals to learn more about technology will take place October 4 at Constructech’s Technology Day 2013, held in Santa Clara, Calif. Attendees will discover how data can impact construction, including predicting patterns and providing transparency into business practices.