Constructech Spring 2017

Table of Contents

Firsts and Seconds The Information Age The Construction Report What’s New in the World of Construction Technology Take-Offs Reconstructing Reality From The Owner The Future of Interoperability Guest

By |2017-03-06T23:32:00+00:003/6/2017|

The Digital Transformation Takes Off

The Digital Transformation Takes Off

Leave paper and spreadsheets behind for a better method of bidding

The first time Jeremy Green used bidding and takeoff technology was in 1995. At the time, he was an employee, and only had experience with paper and pen, but he quickly discovered the benefits associated with leveraging bidding and takeoff technology. Chiefly, the fact that all materials are handled in the database, and that there are ways to cause change orders, among other factors.

By |2017-10-18T21:50:37+00:003/6/2017|

The Future of Interoperability

The Future of Interoperability


Today, all design and construction projects begin life as building information files, or BIModels. The designers, architects, structural, and mechanical engineers build their models with Revit.

By |2017-05-16T15:23:37+00:003/6/2017|

Once the “Dust Cloud” Settles…

Once the “Dust Cloud” Settles…


I learned a valuable lesson early in my career as a supplier of construction materials: Be careful of the dust cloud you create.
The quarries and concrete and block plant I operated were constantly under scrutiny from neighbors and environmental organizations, and it took an ongoing program of dust control to keep these important people happy. Of course, water trucks, sprays, and such created a different problem—sedimentation and runoff control became yet another issue to deal with. The past two years of fierce campaigning, now thankfully behind us, should remind us that now that the dust cloud has started to dissipate, new matters will have to be dealt with.

By |2017-05-16T15:25:39+00:003/6/2017|

Commercial Outlook: The Future Is Here

Commercial Outlook: The Future Is Here


When the Pharaohs had their temples and pyramids built, construction technology was pretty much limited to levers and inclined planes. One hundred years ago, construction started to depend upon gasoline motors replacing steam engines. As recently as 20 years ago, when Constructech magazine was launching, computing technology in construction was often limited to the accounting function—and was only just beginning to emerge on the jobsite.

By |2017-05-16T15:27:33+00:003/6/2017|

The Information Age

The Information Age


Welcome to 2017! Times are changing, and, with it, so too is the content and format of Constructech.
We have been talking about how mobile and collaboration technologies have been transforming the jobsite and the office for years. In this month’s cover story, we look back to provide insight into what is to come. The article looks back at trends that were just emerging two decades ago. Think PDAs and electronic organizers. And the article identifies how technology has progressed to the point it is at today. This evolution gives us good insight into what will be coming in the year ahead.

By |2017-05-16T15:28:13+00:003/6/2017|

Smart Strategies for Corporate Owners

Smart Strategies for Corporate Owners


If you ask a variety of building owners and their representatives about smart strategies, you’ll hear a few words crop up in each discussion. The first word is collaboration and the second, not a word but usually pronounced as one, is BIM (building information modeling). Basically, corporate owners should start thinking holistically.

By |2017-05-16T15:28:50+00:003/6/2017|

Constructech Top Products: The Future of Construction

Constructech Top Products: The Future of Construction

For commercial construction companies, business is changing. Today, devices such as drones, robotics, and more are becoming more widely used at the jobsite. The IoT (Internet of Things) is transforming how projects are built and managed. At the same time, contractors need backoffice systems that will help with bidding/estimating, project management, and accounting/job costing, just to name a few.

By |2017-07-05T13:45:58+00:003/6/2017|

Reconstructing Reality

Reconstructing Reality

In today’s technology-driven world, VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) aren’t just for the early adopters anymore, as IDC, www.idc.com, Framingham, Mass., reports worldwide revenues will grow from $5.2 billion in 2016 to more than $162 billion in 2020 at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 181.3%, with much of the marketshares falling into manufacturing, engineering, and construction sectors.

By |2017-05-30T16:08:47+00:003/6/2017|