Tech

Mitigate Risk by Managing Information

Modern building and infrastructure projects generate a lot of data, and it’s only going to keep growing. In 2004, a large project generated roughly 100 gigabytes of data; today, that stat has risen to 6.5 terabytes of data. Because building and infrastructure projects live and die by project information, many risks are associated with properly managing it. 
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Model-Based Estimating Taps Benefits of BIM

When used to drive estimating best practices, 5-D BIM provides unprecedented efficiency, along with the flexibility and accuracy to turn around big estimates quickly, inform better decision-making and drive cost predictability. More importantly, 5-D BIM saves estimators time by avoiding tedious takeoff exercises and allows them to focus on more critical factors, such as risk mitigation and owner and subcontractor relationship management. 
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Unlock Hidden Savings With Building Analytics

Today’s savvy facility executives should take the appropriate measures to connect disparate energy systems, leverage intelligent building analytics capabilities and bring in trusted partners to help guarantee that all opportunities to cut energy consumption are being addressed.
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The Five Biggest Mistakes Companies Make When Adopting Technology

As construction companies look to adopt new technology, they ought to keep the human factor in mind. Involving the team, setting and enforcing expectations, and doing so swiftly and fully are what will allow a company to succeed. 
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Smart Sensors’ Role in the Digital Ceiling

In view of the ongoing transformation of the building automation industry, spearheaded by the IoT revolution, the lighting system is considered to be the most suitable infrastructure to carry on the smart building mission. A digital ceiling that uses smart sensors incorporated into lighting fixtures creates an affordable and scalable option for system providers, building owners and facility managers. 
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Scaling Safety Resources With Cloud-Based JHA Tools

Cloud-based JHA tools are gaining ground in helping construction companies scale limited safety resources. Through the use of wireless smart devices, subscribers to cloud-based JHA tools can develop and manage a company’s entire library of JHAs from the hood of a truck at the construction site or from their desk anywhere in the world. 
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PMIS: Revolutionizing Owner-Contractor Relationships

Facility owners have historically been left out of the construction project management technology game, as most platforms and tools focused on innovations for contractors, architects and engineers. That trend is changing with the rise and expansion of project management information systems (PMIS) designed specifically for owners. Even so, PMIS usage among owners and contractors has room to improve to facilitate better project execution.
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Imagine, Design, Print: The Jobsite of the Future

Having a deep understanding of the supply chain is critical to the success of modular construction projects. A surge in work that incorporates advanced fabrication technologies will radically change the entire industry in the near future.
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Forecasting IT Trends in Construction

With the promise of IoT, mobile, cloud and other emerging technologies, contracting companies cannot slow their pursuit of technology. In fact, construction companies are going to be faced with more options, greater demand, increased complexity and higher costs. 
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Cyber-Phishing With New Lures

If the wire transfer has been initiated by an approved company employee, there is not much chance of recovering the funds. The bank is not held liable as long as it follows the proper protocols. Once the fraud is discovered, contact the bank’s fraud department immediately and direct it to stop the payment and freeze the recipient account. Typically, the funds are cleared out within hours of the transfer, so acting fast is imperative.

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Beyond Gaming: Virtual Reality Benefits Construction

VR in computer modeling has transformed early design meetings to allow users to “experience” the built environment before actually building the space. Clients can easily visualize their room or building and gain confidence in the project’s design. This accelerates both the speed and quality of decisions, reduces design times and eliminates changes during construction. When this kind of progress is made early on in the design phase, owners realize significant cost savings.
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Taking Construction to New Heights

The industry has just scratched the surface on drones’ capabilities, and contractors currently able to use them are pioneering the way. 
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It’s Time to Build in the Bots

Savvy commercial construction executives already have adapted to an increasingly tech-forward and sustainability-focused world by creating buildings that seamlessly deliver WiFi connectivity and efficient heating, cooling and plumbing services. Read More >

Intelligent Machines

Construction equipment manufacturers are at the ready with a fleet of technology-rich machines that will revolutionize how contractors work.  Read More >

Wearables Wanted Onsite

Wearable devices—from exoskeletons that give workers nearly superhuman strength, to smartglasses and hardhats that provide technicians with spy-like visualization powers—are driving safety, productivity and decision-making on today’s construction jobsites.  Read More >

If Money Was No Object, What Technology Would You Like to Use at Work in the Next Couple of Years?

Sensors would be the perfect tool to track health and safety issues that might otherwise go unmentioned and unnoticed.  Read More >

Limit Litigation Expenses By Streamlining Storage of Electronic Information

There is no way to make litigation and electronic discovery inexpensive, but there are ways to reduce the expense if both sides communicate and commit to the process, and if a company manages its data so that it is easily accessible in the event litigation arises.  Read More >

How to Achieve a Safety Data Analytics Advantage

Data use plans are an effective way of driving leadership engagement. They are easy to build, easy to engage with, and provide a roadmap to action using analytics as the driver. Start small and get some early wins; then expand, start scaling the analytics pyramid and go for a true analytics competitive advantage. 
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Achieving a 4-D Breakthrough in Construction Safety Planning

Construction company leaders who already have implemented the recommended safety standards and accident prevention strategies will need a breakthrough in safety planning that surpasses existing best practices. The desired breakthrough can be achieved by adding a whole new dimension to the current planning methods, one that enables everyone on the project to easily understand exactly what will be happening ahead of time. 4-D safety planning does exactly that.
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Generate Laser-Focused Estimates Using BIM

With progressive BIM technology, construction professionals reduce project errors and generate upwards of 50 percent time savings during estimation periods. 
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AEC Pros Weigh in on Emerging Technologies

AEC professionals expect the IoT to improve equipment management, give clear indicators of a project delay and pinpoint the reason behind a delay. And they believe big data has the potential to facilitate well-informed decision-making on a consistent basis and improve urban planning decisions. 
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Construction Executive Launches Professional Education Webinar Series

Upcoming free webinars include: The Survival Guide for Project Managers (March 9); Navigating Your Journey to Lean (March 16); Top 10 Critical Processes to Automate (March 22 ); and ELD Is Here: Is Your Fleet Prepared? (April 27). Read More >

Top Five Trends Impacting Real Estate and Facility Management

These five real estate and facility management trends are expected to grow this year and become mainstream in the near future.
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Technology Helps Address Working Capital Challenges

The combination of payment delays and uncertain timing creates cash flow and working capital challenges that can limit subcontractors’ growth and create financial strain. Technology has a role to play in solving this problem by helping fundamentally alter the flow of funds in construction payments to address subcontractors’ working capital woes.
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Tips for Choosing a Project Management App

As more mobile devices enter the jobsite, forward-thinking project managers are finding that they no longer have to waste valuable time running back and forth from the site to the office to the trailer to repeatedly update, print, and distribute plans and documents that are vital to a project’s success. Managing the project, and all of the paperwork that comes along with it, can be done on a mobile device with the right application.
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The Future Looks Bright for Connected Buildings

Businesses have only scratched the surface in seeing how they can harness the power of connected building technologies. And while it remains to be seen just how quickly these solutions will be adopted, one thing is for sure: The future looks bright.  
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Mobility: The Right Tool for the Job

In the construction industry, mobility can be leveraged in four ways: at the desk, on the go, walking the site and with the team. Ultimately, mobility is a convenience factor that must be weighed against power (i.e., choosing the right tool to maximize productivity). 
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3-D Printing in the United States and Abroad

Whether or to what extent 3-D printing will displace conventional methods of construction delivery is anyone’s guess. What is not known presently are the challenges presented by 3-D printing. People have recognized the promise, but until more of these projects are developed and occupied, the shortfalls cannot be fully understood.  
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How the Owner’s Perspective on Technology Is Changing Project Life Cycles

Owners are beginning to understand the value of taking the lead in determining the platform and technology they require to be used by all project participants. The reason is the very significant return on their investment. 
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Drone Use Creates Project Opportunities and Risks

While the only current way to use drones legally on a construction site is to receive a Section 333 exemption—or to hire a company that has one—the process should become more straightforward later this year or whenever the final FAA rules are adopted. At that time, drones likely will become more common on construction sites as more companies embrace the technology. 
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Top Tech Leaders Share Predictions for 2016 and Beyond

Construction companies large and small that are not already on the technology bandwagon need to climb aboard as 2016 brings more work, longer backlogs and a continued shortage of skilled labor. Construction Executive assembled a panel of experts to identify technologies to keep contractors working smarter and efficiently in 2016 and beyond. 
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What Level of Success Have You Experienced With New Technologies Emerging in the Industry?

Our industry still struggles to resolve the liability concerns that surround collaborative design, particularly in the form of contracts and insurance, but I am confident that if all owners and architects get on board and embrace these technologies, collectively we can find solutions to all concerns.  Read More >

Make Sure a Building Sounds as Good as It Looks

A number of factors affect how well a building functions as a place of business. Audio performance and the value audio technologies bring to a building are often overlooked, which can lead to costly mistakes in this digital age.  Read More >

Rugged Devices Boast Lower Failure Rates

Non-rugged mobile devices fail more than three times as often as rugged devices in business environments, and rugged devices average 46 percent lower total cost of ownership, according to a new study from Kyocera Communications Inc. 
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Field and Fleet Personnel Value Mobile Tech

Seventy percent of field and fleet management personnel expect budget increases for mobile technology during the next five years as they focus on the strategic priorities of revenue generation, operational efficiency and operating costs, according to Zebra Technologies Corporation’s 2015 Field Operations Vision Study. 
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Evolving Vehicle Technology Promotes Efficiency and Safety on the Jobsite

Today’s truck manufacturers are collectively producing the most technologically advanced vehicles to ever reach the marketplace, and much of the newest technology has been developed with safety and efficiency in mind.  Read More >

Choosing Collaboration Over Competition

Five AEC stakeholders weigh in on productivity barriers, safety best practices and the industry’s image problem. Read More >

Surety Industry Steps Into the Future With Data Standards

The NASBP’s and SFAA’s promotion of these data standards will enhance the surety industry’s efficiency, productivity and quality—helping improve response times and the overall level of service and support provided to contractors.  Read More >

Cyber Risk: Three Key Questions Contractors Should Ask

Average detection and escalation costs for a data breach (such as forensics and crisis team expenses) jumped from $420,000 in 2014 to $610,000 in 2015.  Read More >

Cyber-Phishing in the Construction C-Suite

While recent high-profile cyber-attacks targeted individuals’ credit cards, phishing and other schemes continue to defraud companies at an alarming success rate. The lures look so real that even the most savvy construction companies are taking the bait.  Read More >

To BIM or Not to BIM: Looking at It From the Owner’s Perspective

Facility owners and even many AEC firms perceive BIM as a tool that increases the cost of a project. This perception is exacerbated by the fact that training staff on this emerging and evolving technology, and its processes and tools, requires additional financial investment. 
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Transforming Mechanical Contracting: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Mechanical contractors are embracing technology in all departments: service, purchasing, accounting and estimating; plus with deliveries and in the field.
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Top Construction Priorities: Infrastructure and Technology

Eighty-three percent of North American AEC executives ranked rebuilding aging infrastructure as the industry’s top priority, according to ARC Document Solutions’ 2015 Construction Trends Survey. About half of respondents also ranked building clean power plants and expanding projects that secure fresh water as major concerns, followed by expanding cities’ rail transit (28 percent) and building high-speed regional rail (21 percent). 
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Achieving ‘Lean’ With Cloud and Mobile Technologies

In many ways, lean construction is about ensuring the right people receive the right information at the right time. Cloud and mobile technologies greatly facilitate these goals. Read More >

Breaking New Ground

Members of the construction industry worry most about three main issues: the workforce shortage, the changing climate, and aligning government and business to advance energy-efficient and high-performance buildings. These issues require solutions, and the solutions likely will change the future of commercial and industrial buildings.
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Clash Detection: Bringing the Entire Team to a Single Model of Construction

Modern networking tools have changed the way managers approach construction projects. Online project management and communication tools make it easier to ensure everyone involved in a project—from architects and engineers to contractors and project owners—is on the same page.
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Modernize Operations With (Small) Data Visualization

Even with all the benefits big data can deliver, data processing at that extent isn’t necessary for every company. Similar benefits can be reached by analyzing data on a smaller scale, opening up the opportunity to start seeing the benefits of data insights to small and medium-sized organizations.

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Modern Recruiting Strategies to Simplify Hiring

Companies spend 90 percent to 200 percent of an employee’s annual salary to hire a new employee. Making the right hire the first time is important. Using technology for human resources—not just for project management and documentation—is a natural next step in that evolution. 

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Five Ways to Leverage Mobile Tech for a Competitive Advantage

Smartphones have been so disruptive because of the communication and time management problems they solve. They are ubiquitous and powerful enough to run advanced applications that reduce human error. Most importantly, they’re now so fast that data-hungry applications are no longer a pipe dream. Smartphones have been so disruptive because of the communication and time management problems they solve.

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How Project Data Management Drives Operational Efficiency

While mobile apps on tablets and smartphones bridge the office-field information divide, isolated apps that don’t integrate with other programs can create more information silos. The best way to ensure data integrity is to leverage a comprehensive project information management (PIM) system so team members can access, manage and share relevant information without any issues.
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