Vision Awards Winter 2018

Vision Awards Winter 2018

What’s the Vision for Success?

One of the common threads between the 2018 Constructech Vision Awards winners is that each faced a challenge that was met with a technology solution and a quantifiable ROI (return on investment). As Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Such is the case for those working in construction. The industry has seen its share of ups and downs. While many economists indicate that the market is strong, wise construction companies recognize that in a market where bids are tight and labor is limited, technology can be the solution to help move the pendulum forward.

Construction companies that recognize a challenge, and address it in a pioneering way, using emerging technology, are honored with the Constructech Vision Awards. Companies are eligible for a Gold, Silver, or Bronze, and the hardware and software companies are recognized.

The winners are selected by a group of industry experts, analysts, professors, and consultants. This year’s judges included: Lynn Coffey, ProCon Solutions; Mark Federle, Marquette University; Pietro Ferrari, George Brown College; Carol Hagen, Hagen Business Systems; Dryver Huston, University of Vermont; Julian Kang, Texas A&M University; Don Kaplan, Rhodes Group; Jim Kissane, construction industry expert; Anoop Sattineni, Auburn University; and Bill White, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.

This year’s winners demonstrate that innovation is alive and well in the construction, as they illustrate how challenges can be solved through the use of emerging technology.

Builder/GC Residential
$6 million to $25 million

Gold:
Orren Pickell Building Group

CHALLENGE: The proprietary system needed an overhaul and the company needed a way to keep track of all aspects of the business—contracts, budgets, email communications, and more.

SOLUTION: A Website that makes it easy for customers to access their contract and change order with line-by-line transparency, so they can see exactly how changes have impacted overall cost.

ROI: The redesign automated the company’s previous manual processing of roughly 2,500 change orders each year and has decreased the time required for approval by roughly 75%.

Builder/GC Residential
$101 million to $250 million


Gold:
Payne Family Homes

MiTek

CHALLENGE: The company has reduced the number of people and is building in 18 communities with the same six superintendents it had three years ago.

SOLUTION: Integrated sales, CRM (customer-relationship management), and workflow—all the way back through estimating, design, purchasing, accounting, and warranty.

ROI: Shaved two weeks off previous schedules at $2,000 savings per start, which translates into $560,000 saved in 2018 alone.

Builder/GC Commercial
$26 million to $100 million


Bronze:
Pinnacle/CGS

Core Associates
Procore Technologies

CHALLENGE: Trying to keep its own project-management team and project accounting team on the same page with timely processing and approval of vendor and suppliers’ invoices.

SOLUTION: Software that allows a smoother communication between the project-management team and project-accounting team, that provides complete automation for accounts payable data entry, approval, and reporting.

ROI: Project team no longer needs to print or email invoices to each other or search for an approval response.

Builder/GC Commercial
$101 million to $250 million


Gold:
M.J. Harris Construction Services

CHALLENGE: Improve how it captured accurate progress photos of a project. The task had long been a time-consuming process for project teams.

SOLUTION: A combination of a 360 camera and an app that enables the team to produce video walkthroughs.

ROI: Provides owners with a 360-photo turnover package, while improving the process of recording progress photos for its jobs. It reduced the time required to find photos and complete the progress photo process.

Builder/GC Commercial
$251 million to $500 million

Gold:
Weis Builders

Computer Guidance Corp.

CHALLENGE: Certain invoices unrelated to specific jobs, vendors, or subs are often paid by credit cards and are processed as a one-off.

SOLUTION: Credit card payment solution that would be integrated with its ERP (enterprise-resource planning) solution.

ROI: Gained an estimated weekly cost savings of $860, with an additional $45,000 in rebates. It has also cut 1,950 checks annually by implementing an automated credit card payment processing solution.

Builder/GC Commercial
$251 million to $500 million

Silver: (tie)
The Lemoine Co.

Predictive Solutions Corp.

CHALLENGE: Software failed to fulfill its value. Also, it faced jobsite injuries and hazards and a stagnating workforce culture.

SOLUTION: Safety platform that lets workers create checklists in either an all-encompassing or focused approach and allows for greater communication. Field observations are streamlined through mobile technology.

ROI: Achieve the company’s mission to reach excellence in construction while enhancing the lives of all involved.

Builder/GC Commercial
$251 million to $500 million

Silver: (tie)
S.M. Wilson

CHALLENGE: It needed a way to keep its field staff connected to each other, while also implementing a document storage and disaster-recovery plan.

SOLUTION: Communications solution that lets project-management staff set up Websites that provide a single source for the external team to access project information.

ROI: Disaster recovery plan is now in place. Should something happen to the headquarters building itself, the project information is still secure and accessible.

Builder/GC Commercial
$251 million to $500 million

Silver: (tie)
Weis Builders

Computer Guidance Corp.

CHALLENGE: Urgently needed a better way to communicate with its subcontractors.

SOLUTION: A cloud-based ERP system and integrated the job costing and accounts payable applications with a subcontract management solution.

ROI: Eliminated 1,800 manhours-per-year for accounting staff and 800 manhours-per-year for project managers at a yearly savings of $81,000. Elimination of additional accounting staff at several new offices, for annual savings of $50,000. Getting rid of all manual subcontract check processing, printing, and mailing for a $10,000 annual savings.

Builder/GC Commercial
More than $500 million

Gold: (Tie)
Gilbane Building Co.

Triax Technologies

CHALLENGE: Stay on the cutting edge and find a way to track worker headcounts and location in realtime.

SOLUTION: A system that lets contractors optimize worksite safety and performance, coordinate resources, minimize operating and insurance losses, and save time compiling and acting upon project data.

ROI: Roughly 96% of its projects had zero lost time injuries and 90% had zero recordable injuries.

Builder/GC Commercial
More than $500 million

Gold: (Tie)
PCL Construction

Autodesk

CHALLENGE: Find a way to alleviate having to recreate construction design models.

SOLUTION: PCL PartsLab, which automates the creation, visualization, and change management of Revit Parts and removes the need for construction teams to manually create Revit Parts.

ROI: A project team combined PCL PartsLab with 3D design models to enhance communication and planning, and completed more than 25 separate and unique concrete pours on time for a 34-story Tower 12 project in downtown Seattle.

Builder/GC Commercial
More than $500 million

Silver:
Suffolk Construction

Smartvid.io
Procore Technologies

CHALLENGE: Update its old approach to documenting a construction project’s progress in photos.

SOLUTION: Photo and video management platform that improves the speed and quality of its progress and key milestone documentation processes.

ROI: Cut the time required for progress tracking and milestone documentation by more than 60%, while also creating a dramatically better, and more comprehensive visual record.

Builder/GC Commercial
More than $500 million


Bronze:
Robins & Morton

Assemble Systems
Autodesk
Faro
Procore Technologies

CHALLENGE: It needed a way to analyze the column layout, location accuracy, and flatness of concrete slabs at a fast-paced extension for The Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health.

SOLUTION: A mobile solution that extended the benefits of building information modeling to the field team.

ROI: The crew discovered inconsistencies in the data by comparing the original design to the as-built model. Instead of major reworks needing to be done later, the crew could easily fix the inconsistencies early in the process.

Specialty Contractor: Residential
$101 million to $250 million

Gold: (Tie)
Whitton Companies

CHALLENGE: Managing thousands of changes in schedules and option selections each month.

SOLUTION: Technology that manages schedules and paper work electronically and that interfaces with the builder’s scheduling, purchase order, and document-management system.

ROI: Savings of more than two manhours per day in office time updating central schedules. The integration has also reduced or eliminated countless hours of data entry for scheduling and starts coordinators.

Specialty Contractor: Residential
$101 million to $250 million

Gold: (Tie)
Whitton Companies

CHALLENGE: Control a large fleet of vehicles and protect the company’s assets.

SOLUTION: Integration has saved the company an estimated $100,000 per year in payroll time corrections alone.

ROI: GPS (global positioning system) technology solution, along with an extensive API (application programming interface) to feed data back to the company’s backoffice software.

Specialty Contractor: Concrete
Work More than $500 million

Gold:
Heico Construction Group

mJobTime Corp.
Penta

CHALLENGE: Though it had used an internally developed email/Internet-based solution for more than 17 years, it still relied on advanced spreadsheets to capture and transmit work hours back to the construction ERP payroll system for weekly processing.

SOLUTION: A mobile solution to track work-hour details, with a customized biometric field solution that would let employees clock in and out on iPad devices using fingerprint scans.

ROI: Significantly lower costs for training, operating, and implementation, as well as a lower total cost of ownership relative to others in the marketplace.

Specialty Contractor: Electrical Work
Less than $5 million

Gold:
Service Electric and Control

AboutTime Technologies

CHALLENGE: Replace paper forms for work orders, safety reports, annual inspections, and time cards.

SOLUTION: Solution that automates its data collection and employee time-tracking processes. Supervisors can see if their electricians arrived at the customer’s location with a few clicks.

ROI: It saved 10-15 hours each month for the office staff, accounting for a $2,250 cost savings annually. The solution cut payroll processing time by 80%.

Specialty Contractor: Electrical Work
More than $500 million

Gold:
Faith Technologies

Autodesk
EvolveLAB

CHALLENGE: It needed a way to automatically generate drawings the same way it created reports from a standard database.

SOLUTION: Adopted a tool that allows its modelers to select the assemblies they want to create drawings for and then activate the tool.

ROI: Previously, conduit assembly drawings would take 20 minutes per assembly. Now, the same information is able to be processed in less than five minutes—a 75% reduction in time.

Specialty Contractor: Structural Steel & Heavy Industrial
$101 million to $250 million

Gold:
LPR Construction

CHALLENGE: It relied on hard-copy paper blueprints for every project.

SOLUTION: A suite of field tools, including photos, issue tracking, markups, punchlists, and document attachments. Additionally, a surveyor can connect directly to a tablet and see exactly what the surveyor onsite is seeing.

ROI: Rendering images while zooming in and out is faster and has become a huge benefit. Additionally, collaboration is a big benefit.

AEC/Design

Gold:
Power Design

CHALLENGE: Find a way to collect, track, and signal the completion of all tasks within a project’s lifecycle.

SOLUTION: Application enables critical metrics on more than 200 active projects to be publicly tracked and visible to 1,500 employees in realtime.

ROI: More than 6,824 issues have been raised and resolved by project teams. The company is able to improve productivity throughout the project’s lifecycle.

Corporate Owner: Industrial/MFG
More than $500 million

Silver:
Turner Industries

CHALLENGE: Modernize its pipe estimation solution, making it faster and more accurate, and to go paperless with drawings required in the process.

SOLUTION: Combined a new interface with an onscreen PDF viewer, which made it faster for the company to complete its bids.

ROI: Saved $50,000 a year just on paper handling alone and saved thousands of dollars on estimating.

Smart Cities

Gold:
Larsen and Toubro Limited

CHALLENGE: It needed to implement a city surveillance and intelligent traffic management system in three cities in India’s westernmost state of Gujarat.

SOLUTION: A solution with a GIS (geographical information system) application to monitor the project’s performance online and in realtime.

ROI: Profit margins improved by more than 10%; certainty exists in revenue generation for the next 12 quarters; and the project has become a benchmark for other smart cities.

Project of the Year

Mortenson

AECOM
Matterport
Procore Technologies

PROJECT: The 588,000-sq.ft. project comprises a three-wing, six-story hospital. It boasts 192 beds and includes state-of-the-art specialty units and adult sub-specialties, with a focus on women’s and children’s services.

CHALLENGE: Because of the accelerated construction pace, it needed strategic technology implementation.

SOLUTION: A visual documentation tool and a drone to capture images and information on how to best control earth moving, site grading, and stockpiling of clay fill and topsoil.

ROI: It saved $1.496 million in software costs and 79.5 manpower hours.

By |2018-12-11T22:47:15+00:0011/20/2018|

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