Today’s construction estimators are using a variety of technologies to perform takeoff and create bids. The days of paper plans piling up on desks and in dedicated storage rooms are finally starting to taper off with the rise and evolution of the digital age. We’ve asked the question, “What tools and technologies do you use today that you couldn’t live without?” Here are the top five technologies considered must-have to do estimating right.
Construction has come a long way in accepting the challenges and the opportunities the IoT (Internet of Things) brings and the stats tell an interesting story. Dodge Data & Analytics’, www.construction.com, latest Dodge outlook report predicts moderate, but favorable, growth for the construction industry in 2017 across most project types. Specifically, the report predicts total U.S. construction starts will advance 5% to $713 billion in 2017.
Many of the analyst and research companies are jumping on the BIM (building information modeling) bandwagon, releasing reports that are forecasting the growth of the market. I have had an opportunity to scan many of these reports, and it seems there is one key point missing from most that needs to be addressed.