Firsts & Seconds
A Mighty Mess Welcome to summer! We are excited to bring our annual Constructech 50 to you. Selecting this year’s companies was no easy feat.
The Construction Report
What’s New in the World of Construction Technology
Custom Built For CSM Group, www.csmgroup.com, Kalamazoo, Mich., a mid-size construction management firm, simplifying what information employees had at their fingertips was essential. Emails and weekly meetings were the main method of communication. The challenge was emails inundated inboxes.
Virtual Reality: A Whole New World VR (virtual reality) is not just for gamers and the military anymore. Now, it is a new medium whose full purpose and potential is just beginning to emerge. In an all too familiar scenario, an architect or designer enters a building for the first time and the space doesn’t quite match their vision. Static renderings, no matter how detailed, can only convey so much of the future intent to clients. This is where VR comes into play and is changing the way the design industry communicates their visions.
Bid Errors Can Ruin a Profitable Project You won the bid. You have a clear understanding of the specs and scope of work, but six weeks later, by the time you are 50% complete, multiple change orders (some undocumented), clashes, and miscommunications have turned into rework. The result is unapproved change orders, labor overruns, non-paid catch-up work, and potential profit loss.
From the Owner
Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls I’ve written several articles on project scheduling. I also wrote about BIM Scrum in two 2016 posts. Scrum is a project process framework that emphasizes teamwork, accountability, and iterative progress (sprints) towards well-defined deliverable goals.
Something to Dwell On In our business, we are all very well aware of the billions of dollars in losses that occur due to construction site theft and vandalism.
2017 Constructech 50: Driving Change “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” This quote from writer and speaker Robin Sharma sums up the transformation that is happening in the construction-technology space these days. Construction companies have always been mobile by nature, needing access to information in the office, at the jobsite, and everywhere in between. However, the advent of the cloud, mobile devices, and emerging technologies has changed how business is done, and is creating new considerations for how to leverage technology. The challenge is technology is changing so rapidly. Understanding what is coming in the market, and recognizing the leaders in the space becomes critical to implementing a solid plan for how to best leverage technology in construction.
Thinking like an Estimator Knowledge sharing improves estimating in construction.
Smart Strategies for General Contractors What you need to know in the office, on the job, and in the air. In the real estate industry, it is all about location, location, location, but for general contractors working on construction projects, it is all about collaboration, collaboration, collaboration. Or more specifically, how technology can enable a greater level of collaboration between the architect, engineer, subs, and owner.
Looking for an app for your construction jobsite? The 2017 Constructech App Catalog is a good place to start your research.
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