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Yes, there is a better way to manage job costs

5/24/2016 at 10:58 am by

A few months ago, I was speaking with an accountant whose small construction client was experiencing tremendous growth. We’re talking double the number of projects that typically came in the door. For the accountant, however, the growth was taking the company’s job costing process to its knees. There was a lot more work to maintain…

New technology to tackle 5D BIM challenges

5/18/2016 at 11:37 am by

Virtual design and construction (VDC) practices today extend into all phases of the building life cycle—from design, through estimating and construction management, and onto building maintenance and demolition.  That flow involves many individuals of different work disciplines—architect, engineer, estimator, project manager and more—each with their own requirements. To address the needs of these different disciplines,…

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Time to take 5D BIM to the next level

5/12/2016 at 2:34 pm by

Building information modeling (BIM) offers many benefits to the AEC industry. In my last post, “Three reasons why estimators are adopting BIM“, I pinpointed specifically how 5D BIM can be used by estimators to provide valuable cost saving strategies and greater project cost predictability. Yet BIM, in many ways, is still in its infancy when…

Three reasons why estimators are adopting BIM

5/10/2016 at 1:59 pm by

Estimators in today’s fast-paced, small-margin world have their work cut out for them. Buildings are much more complex, while expectations are higher than ever to quickly deliver the best cost-saving strategies. As a result, estimating teams are turning to new technology to help them address these challenges. One such technology is 5D model-based cost estimating…

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The basics of IoT in construction

5/6/2016 at 3:52 pm by

The things around us are changing dramatically. Our cars have become mobile wifi hot spots . . . our wrists are encircled by bracelets that monitor our heart rate and sleep patterns . . . our refrigerators can tell us when we need milk and orange juice and add the items to the grocery list…

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The modern construction worker

5/5/2016 at 2:22 pm by

Anyone interested in a good career should take a serious look at the construction industry. An aging workforce and booming business are opening up plenty of opportunities for workers with sought-after skills. Just consider that 71% of construction firms say they will increase their headcount this year alone, according the 2016 Construction Hiring and Business…

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