Construction Software Buyers Seek Increased Efficiency in Project Management

Software-Advice-LogoSoftware Advice recently published Construction Software BuyerView Report – 2014, which presents the results of a survey of approximately 1,750 U.S. construction software buyers on their product evaluation criteria. Recently acquired by Gartner, Software Advice provides detailed software product reviews, comparisons and research.

The report focuses on smaller construction firms, with 87% of those surveyed generating annual revenues of US$5 million to $50 million and 82% having 50 employees or less. Seventy-nine percent represent general and specialty contractors. Thirty-five percent already use construction software, while 35% use generic tools such as email and spreadsheets or manual methods to track project information.

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Construction Project Workflow Management: What’s on People’s Minds? (Part II)

WebinarHow do you manage workflows on your construction projects? Have you made the transition from paperless to digital workflows?

This is the second post of a two-part blog on industry questions regarding construction workflow management. The questions come from 135 registered attendees of an Engineering News-Record (ENR) webinar presented by Aconex on March 25. The webinar featured a panel of U.S. construction professionals representing ANF Group, the Cianbro Institute and McCarthy Building Companies, all of whom profiled their approach to workflow management on a noteworthy project. A replay of the webinar is available at Managing Digital Workflows on Construction Projects: Tools, Tricks & Tips from the Masters.

We’re taking the opportunity to share the Aconex perspective on questions posed in the webinar which we hear most often from our clients and their project teams. You’ll find our responses to the prior round of questions in “Construction Workflow Management: What’s on People’s Minds? (Part I).”

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Construction Project Workflow Management: What’s on People’s Minds? (Part I)

Q&AOn March 25, Aconex presented an Engineering News-Record (ENR) webinar – Managing Digital Workflows on Construction Projects: Tools, Tricks & Tips from the Masters. A replay of the webinar will be available at this link for one year.

The webinar featured a panel of U.S. construction industry practitioners representing ANF Group, the Cianbro Institute and McCarthy Building Companies. The panel session was introduced by Frank Carron, vice president of global marketing at Aconex, and moderated by Tom Sawyer, senior editor, information technology, at ENR.

The presentations of the panel members generated a number of questions from the webinar’s 135 registered attendees. A subset of these questions was addressed by the panelists during the call. We’re taking the opportunity to deliver the Aconex perspective on questions posed in the webinar which we hear most often from our clients and their project teams.

This is the first post of a two-part blog. Next week, we’ll respond to a second selection of webinar questions.

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BIM and Construction Projects in ANZ

BIM ANZ SmartMarket ReportThis week McGraw Hill Construction released its SmartMarket Report on The Business Value of BIM in Australia and New Zealand. The report, sponsored by Aconex and other partners, surveys 435 design and construction industry professionals in the ANZ region, including both BIM and non-BIM practitioners. Among the world’s major construction markets assessed in a previous McGraw Hill report, ANZ ranks third behind the U.S. and South Korea in percentage of BIM users with more than three years of experience in the discipline.

Fifty-one percent of ANZ users are currently engaged with BIM on more than 30% of their projects – and this is expected to grow to 74% by 2015. Over the same period, the percentage of contractors implementing BIM on at least a third of their projects will double, from 33% to 66%. By comparison, 61% of designers use BIM on 30% or more of their projects today, and 56% will implement it on over 60% of their projects by 2015.

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Construction Change Order and Variation Management

Change-Orders-Construction-VariationsTo paraphrase the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, change is the only constant in construction projects.

Changes in scope occur as projects progress from design through practical completion. In fact, initial site works can be in motion long before all necessary planning permits have been obtained, designs have been finalized and construction contracts have been negotiated.

Design and construction teams follow a number of interdependent processes to communicate changes and variations in project scope. Many of these processes have been standardized throughout the industry as commonly accepted tools for raising, clarifying and resolving issues. Examples include construction change orders, requests for information (RFIs), instructions, and variation requests.

In a previous post, we offered pragmatic tips on the RFI management process to improve efficiency and reduce risk. Now we’ll focus on best practices in managing scope-of-work changes and variations to ensure successful project delivery.

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