Missing Link: The Quantity Breakdown Item Owners see gleaming skyscrapers or massive bridges, but those charged with realizing those visions see cubic yards of concrete and piece marks of steel. Engineers and contractors are trained to take large things and break them down into smaller things, into the most granular building blocks necessary to create the owner’s vision. It’s the very ability to think at that atomic level that makes it possible to create seemingly impossible structures…one building block at a time.
ERP Is Driving 5 Construction Trends ERP (enterprise resource planning) software was introduced in the manufacturing sector in the 1990s, and rapidly spread to industries including education, finance, and healthcare. The home construction industry, however, was slow to adopt ERP software, with many smaller firms choosing an ad hoc approach to managing each business function.
Trends and Advances in ERP Software ERP (enterprise resource planning) software has come a long way from its roots in inventory management and balance reconciliation. Today, many of the world’s largest companies depend on ERP to handle their business needs as the scope of their companies increase. Small-and-medium-sized companies have also started to use ERP software more consistently to give them an edge in a competitive marketplace. As the face of competition has evolved, so too has the capabilities of ERP.
Digital Footprints The vast majority of Americans walk around with enough processing power in their pockets to run a small city, not to mention the data they stream from the cloud. It’s hard to believe that less than 20 years ago none of this was possible. When Steve Jobs released the first iPhone in 2006, no one thought the little device would change every industry from music to banking. Yet, today, everything is digitized and connected.
SaaS Is a Natural Evolution for ERP The acronym ERP (enterprise resource planning) was first coined by the Gartner Group, www.gartner.com, Stamford, Conn., in the 1990s. Acquiring an ERP system is one of the biggest investments a business can make. Traditionally, implementing such a system required a substantial capital investment in infrastructure: hardware, software, and personnel. It was a one-size-fits-all solution—just so long as that size was Fortune 500. Most small to mid-size businesses were left out because they simply did not have the resources to entertain an engagement.
Future Trends for Construction Project Management Software In the 1990s, the Internet was coming of age with advancements in browser technology, and email was commonplace. There was skepticism about putting project information online and collaborating with a single cohesive project management software like Projectmates. At the time, when promoting the placement of project information online and making it easily accessible we were asked questions like, how does it work, is it safe, why should I replace my paper-based processes, and what is ultimately in it for me?
Resource Planning: The ERP Advancement the Industry Needs As those of us in the industry already know too well, construction has a productivity problem, and multiple studies confirm that companies are doing very little to help themselves.
The Construction Report Fall 2018 - From regenerative residential villages to SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), to quantum computing, technology is changing how the construction industry does business—both in the office and at the jobsite. It is also changing how homes, communities, buildings, and cities are built, as contractors are incorporating new advances into projects across the globe. From research being done in universities, to unique projects being performed in rural villages, here are the top five tech trends to watch in the months ahead.
Take-Offs Fall 2018 Digital transformation is the disruption of business and organizational activities, processes, competencies, and models to leverage change. This change—and the adoption of new and emerging technologies—is not an easy feat.
Women In Construction Fall 2018 For centuries, the construction industry has been central to everything. It has changed the way we work, and today we have reached a precipice where companies need to be leaner and safer—while at the same time being disruptive.