Document solutions provider for the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry ARC Document Solutions, www.e-arc.com, Walnut Creek, Calif., announces today the release of SKYSITE, its cloud-based, enterprise-level, document-management solution for the construction industry.
With the SKYSITE solution, users can view, manage, distribute, and collaborate on construction documents in realtime with secure access available on any mobile or desktop device.
“Documents have always driven construction, but managing and distributing them in realtime has always been a challenge. Our SKYSITE solution changes all that,” says K. “Suri” Suriyakumar, chairman, president, and CEO of ARC Document Solutions.
“Using the cloud,” Suriyakumar continues, “we’ve built a revolutionary platform that allows anyone from any device to view, store, manage, search, and distribute documents for collaboration purposes. It’s a secure place on the cloud where critical information is always available, creating a ‘single source of truth’ for the project team.”
According to the company, while myriad specific software solutions exist to help manage pieces of a construction project, such as scheduling, lien payments, supply delivery, inspection, and project finance, SKYSITE focuses on the resources that are needed for every aspect of construction: the project documents.
A file-sharing collaboration platform with realtime document synchronization, SKYSITE also makes accessibility universal. By working over the cloud, users with tablets and other mobile devices can view, manage, and distribute documents in more than 100 different file types on devices that are small and light enough to fit into a tool bag.
SKYSITE, says the company, features single-source file sharing, robust document synchronization; comprehensive access and connectivity, powerful search capabilities, realtime mark-up, strong security, integration with arc service centers, and activity tracking.
“I am excited about the SKYSITE platform because it’s built specifically for the construction industry,” comments Rob McKinney, safety director at J.M. Wilkerson Construction Co., www.jmwilkerson.com, Marietta, Ga. “Today construction projects are conducted in realtime, across different locations around the world.
“Construction teams need access to current and accurate documents with the confidence that the right version of the document is in their hands,” McKinney concludes.
In a study ARC commissioned to quantify the impact document management has on the productivity, efficiency, and costs of construction project management, it found three-quarters of the AEC professionals polled indicated that up to one-third of project cost overruns are due to project document difficulties and issues.
The company also reports that according to its AEC Technology Study approximately one-third of the respondents found accessing the latest set of documents and having the most current information to be a challenge in completing an AEC project.
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