Using your Construction Data to Transform your Productivity
Construction projects are inherently complex as they're centered around a massive number of documents and files, with hundreds of revisions being made by several different people. And when you're working on multiple projects at once, it quickly becomes overwhelming.
Cloud computing has brought about a revolutionary change in the business world. For the first time ever, organizations can store their data, digitally collaborate with others, and access company information from anywhere in the world.
Construction leaders are aware of the value and necessity of integrating technology with their business models, yet, most have not. Here's why they should!
In any job or industry, success hinges on a team’s ability to be communicative, collaborative and accountable.
If you’re unable to access any of your construction project data when you’re away from the office, you’ve already lost competitive advantage. Here's everything you need to know about choosing the right mobile app.
The most profitable and productive construction firms leverage real-time data to immediately see what’s going on across all their projects and make well-informed decisions to build higher quality projects faster, leaner and safer. How do they do that? By mining usable data...
When it comes to bid day, here are some tips to improve your chances of winning. Following these simple guidelines will result in a stronger relationship between you and your client.
Large-scale (*and even some not-so-large-scale*) construction project require a lot of workers and vehicles to transport tools and materials. Add multiple jobsites to that equation, and those workers and vehicles multiply too.
We all want to be faster at our jobs, and when you have a hard completion deadline looming over you and your team, the last thing you want to be worrying about is your back-end operations.
Metal is a vital piece in the creation and production of new materials. It is also used as a strong foundation for most buildings and other infrastructures. Metallurgy or the study of metals allows the discovery of how to efficiently work with metals, and how to use the process in
BuildingBlok has emerged as a runner up for the Best Construction Management Software in February 2017 [http://www.softwareadvice.com/construction/project-management-software-comparison/#runners-up] . As a startup, it is a great accomplishment to be included in this study and an indication of the future growth opportunities available. BuildngBlok [https://buildingblok.com/
Four Ways Virtual Reality is the Wave of the Future When it Comes to Increasing Sales and Reducing Costs Visual marketing has been in vogue since the mid-1800's. Cut to many centuries later and it is still relevant. The only difference is that visual and virtual reality has taken on
Payday, come sooner Just thinking about the end of the month crunch induces headaches. Bring payment applications online and get used to faster processing and more timely payments. I remember the feeling I used to get at the end of the month when the bills came in and I had
The following is a guest post by construction industry blogger James White. In the world of competitive bidding, picture a person or review panel trying to pick one winner from a pile of bids. Your top priority is to not give them reason to reject yours. They will be looking
Everyone who’s been on a construction jobsite is familiar with the sight of employees lined up at the beginning and end of the day, waiting to punch in or out at the time clock. Everyone who’s worked in a construction office knows the pain of manually tracking all
While every job comes with its own set of hazards and pitfalls, some are potentially more dangerous than others. If you work in manufacturing or any type of industrial situation, safety isn’t just something to consider—it must be a top priority to avoid serious injury or death. A
The following is a guest post by Megan Wild, a residential home improvement specialist. When it comes to leading and overseeing a worksite, it’s important for managers to have full knowledge and control over the day-to-day activities of the build. This is especially true when it comes to jobs
The following is a guest post by Brick Hunter. As the topic of global warming remains in daily discussions, the construction industry is always trying to find ways to make buildings more eco-friendly. Home insulation can help your home retain heat, which is better for the environment and your yearly
Home sales [http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/21/national-association-of-realtors-reports-existing-home-sales-for-february-2016.html] fell in February. This year, nonresidential construction costs [https://agmetalminer.com/2016/03/22/mortenson-non-residential-construction-costs-will-increase/] will increase 3% to 4%. Check out 12 unique photos of skyscrapers in China [http://www.businessinsider.com/disorienting-photos-of-chinas-skyscrapers-2016-3] . In February, the Architectural Billings
The skyscraper bubble [http://www.businessinsider.com/skyscraper-bubble-about-to-pop-2016-2] is going to pop! This bridge will be built with 150,000 tons of concrete and enough cable to stretch around the globe three times. Click here to find out where… [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3439169/The-Forth-bridge-New-crossing-s-three-concrete-towers-stand-tall.html] Which metro
Bracken Foam Fabricators [https://www.foamfabricators.ie/die-cutting/] explains some of the largest constructions projects around the globe.
Homes on cliffs of the Pacific [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/27/us/el-nino-storms-put-pacifica-cliff-apartments-at-risk.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0] are in danger because of El Niño. Single family home purchases [http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-new-home-sales-rise-in-december-1453907132] rose by 10.8% in December. For all of you architecture
***How serious is China’s oversupplied housing market [http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertciemniak/2016/01/12/how-oversupplied-is-china-housing-market-really/] ? What does it mean for investors and developers? Read more from Forbes. *** The AGC weighs in on the 45,000 jobs added to the construction industry [https://www.agc.org/news/2016/
The construction industry had an amazing 2015. Construction spending rose 12% in 2015 from ~$990 Billion to ~$1.107 Trillion. Great news – the future of construction looks promising, right? Well, maybe… The Future of Construction The scary part about the industry’s growth and the future of construction is how
Forbes’ forecast suggests that there are good things ahead for the housing market [http://www.forbes.com/sites/billconerly/2015/12/10/housing-forecast-2016-2017-two-years-of-growth/] . FCW explains how cloud computing’s value [https://fcw.com/articles/2015/11/30/pietrasanta-cloud-oped.aspx] will increase in the coming years. New Yorkers, this article provides
Banagher Precast Concrete [http://www.bancrete.com/products/precast-bridge-beams/] reveals 12 of the most fascinating stadiums in the world!
Home and apartment building [http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/11/18/us/politics/ap-us-home-construction.html?_r=0] slowed in October. The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) [http://constructiondatacompany.com/october-architecture-billings-index-shows-continued-growth/?utm_source=Construction+Data+Building+Blocks+Blog&utm_campaign=10e25214ae-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_014636a2fe-10e25214ae-428412437] fell
The House passed a $300 billion bill that will improve transportation and infrastructure [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/06/us/house-passes-highway-bill.html?ref=politics&_r=1&WT.mc_id=SmartBriefs-Newsletter&WT.mc_ev=click] in the U.S. Last Friday, Obama rejected the construction of the Keystone XL oil
Construction spending in September [http://constructiondatacompany.com/september-construction-spending-up-14-1-from-a-year-ago/?utm_source=Construction+Data+Building+Blocks+Blog&utm_campaign=319fe184cf-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_014636a2fe-319fe184cf-428412437] rose 14.1% since last year. This week the House Rules Committee is going to consider the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act
Housing starts [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/21/business/economy/us-housing-starts-increased-in-september.html?_r=0] rose in September. The Architecture Billings Index [http://constructiondatacompany.com/architecture-billings-index-bounces-back-strong-in-september/?utm_source=Construction+Data+Building+Blocks+Blog&utm_campaign=e5b7a175e8-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_014636a2fe-e5b7a175e8-428412437] (ABI) rose to 53.7
The Lien Zone [http://www.thelienzone.com/the-lien-zone-editors-choice-awards/] featured BuildingBlok as one of six “game changing software companies” in the construction industry. > “The experts at TheLienZone have chosen 6 game changing construction software companies to receive the 2015 Editors’ Choice Awards. These companies have proven to be industry leaders in
The following is a guest post by tech blogger Allie Cooper. With the prevalence of mobile devices worldwide, various industries and their processes have been revolutionized. Field workers, in particular, are said to benefit from these technologies because they can now send quick emails and reports, collaborate with remote colleagues,
Change orders [http://constructiondatacompany.com/dont-fear-change-orders-learn-to-master-them/?utm_source=Construction+Data+Building+Blocks+Blog&utm_campaign=10dc32ca27-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_014636a2fe-10dc32ca27-428412437] can be a drag. Here’s how you can master them. This article explores which comes first – the house or the homebuyer [http://www.forbes.
BuildingBlok uses Amazon’s AWS Cloud Technology. Download this white paper [http://aws.amazon.com/security/safer-in-the-cloud-learn-more/?sc_channel=em&sc_campaign=global_2015_security_safer_cloud&sc_publisher=aws&sc_medium=em_%7B%7Bcampaign.id%7D%7D&sc_geo=global&sc_content=safercloud&trkcampaign=global_2015_security_safer_cloud&
In July,construction spending rose 0.7% [http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-construction-spending-surges-1441144978] to a more than 7 year high. The fed reports that overall the New York rental market is in better shape, but in Manhattan apartment vacancies are up and rent remains flat [http://www.businessinsider.com/rent-is-flat-in-manhattan-according-to-the-federal-reserve-2015-9]
New home sales rose 5.4% [http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-new-home-sales-rise-in-july-1440512007] in July. Construction Global explains how 5 new technologies [http://www.constructionglobal.com/majorprojects/493/5-innovative-technologies-changing-the-construction-sector-in-2015] are improving the industry. The construction industry added over 6,000 new jobs [http://www.forconstructionpros.com/news/12100789/construction-industry-adds-6000-jobs-in-july] in the
The median home price in Boston is almost $450,000 (up from $326,00 during the peak of the housing crisis) yet it has proven to be the city with the healthiest housing market [http://time.com/money/3977215/boston-healthiest-housing-market/] . Learn more about the ACE Mentor Program [http://constructiondatacompany.com/
Out of 338 buildings, these 27 have been nominated [http://www.businessinsider.com/world-architecture-festival-2015-best-building-nominees-2015-7] by the World Architecture Festival for 2015’s Building of the Year. Mechanical exoskeletons [http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/07/why-you-might-be-seeing-mechanical-exoskeletons-on-construction-sites-soon/] have been created to help workers wield heavy tools for long periods of time without
*The following is a guest post by our founder Justin Nolan. * The US construction industry lost more than 2 million jobs during and after the housing collapse of 2008. Now builders say, according to the AGCs national construction survey [http://www.constructormagazine.com/the-workforce-shortage-report/#.VaJxhxNVikq] , they can’t find enough
As has recently been reported in Constructor Magazine [http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NGCS/NGCS0415/index.php#/36], BuildingBlok and The Blue Book Network have joined forces. The article discusses how BuildingBlok brings to the table an array of cloud-based management tools for small and mid-size contractors. BuildingBlok customers will
New punch-list video! [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gwyek4n9BY]
The following is a guest post by construction industry blogger James White. The foundation of every sound construction project lies within the pre-planning stages: drafting and envisioning the project . For decades this process was traditionally carried out using two-dimensional drawings. But today’s modern buildings face a wider range of
The Spring showcases took place in 27 different cities across the United States at ten hotels, eight stadiums, one theatre and more. We’ve received nothing but enthusiasm about our online construction management tools from subcontractors and general contractors. We are already looking forward to the fall showcases. Keep an
Register for Construction Data’s email list [http://cdclb.cdcnews.com/Beat_the_Heat_Email?utm_source=Construction+Data+Building+Blocks+Blog&utm_campaign=814d472047-Beat_the_Heat&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_014636a2fe-814d472047-428412437] to receive their list of nine ways to keep cool on the construction job site this
The following is a post by our founder Justin Nolan. I got started working in the construction industry in 2007. I took a job as an assistant project manager withHill International [https://www.hillintl.com/]and my first project was a million square foot courthouse near Yankee Stadium. One of
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Housing starts have dropped 11.1% [http://www.housingwire.com/articles/34198-housing-starts-drop-but-permits-see-big-surge-in-may] in the last month while building permits rose 11.8%. Home builder confidence rose five points to 59, the highest level since September 2014 [http://www.cnbc.com/id/102759029]. The demand for fiber cement [http://www.prnewswire.
Sales of new homes [http://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2015/05/26/new-home-sales-rise-6-8-in-april-jumping-26-year-over-year/] have increased 6.8% this April. Courts are divided on whether or not engineers owe a duty to entities or persons outside of their contracts. Caterpillar Inc. acquired the start-up company Yard Club [http://www.cnbc.
April housing starts [http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/19/us-usa-economy-housingstarts-idUSKBN0O41GO20150519] hit a7 year high [http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/05/19/us/politics/ap-us-home-construction.html?_r=1] . The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports that the Architecture Billings Index [http://constructiondatacompany.com/aprils-abi-see-another-drop-in-design-activity-in-april/?utm_source=Construction+Data+
In response to the rising numbers of cancer patients, hospital construction [http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/05/08/403523980/cancer-spawns-a-construction-boom-in-cleveland] has increased to meet a growing need in Cleveland. In April, 45,000 jobs were added to the construction industry [http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/construction-jobs-fueled-april-employment-gains-30911325] . Only
Construction spending [http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/01/us-usa-economy-construction-idUSKBN0NM3WT20150501] fell 0.6% in March (a six-month low). This article explains why home prices are rising [http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/04/real_estate/real-estate-housing-bubble/index.html?iid=HP_LN] . Factory activity expanded throughout March and April. At
The Architecture’s Billing Index (ABI) [http://constructiondatacompany.com/architecture-billings-index-continues-improvement-in-march/?utm_source=Construction+Data+Building+Blocks+Blog&utm_campaign=54fcbfa04b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_014636a2fe-54fcbfa04b-428276393] hit 51.7 in March (all scores above 50 indicate an increase in billings). The ABI has been climbing since January
The following is a guest post by construction industry blogger James White. Technology has been making a big impact in the construction industry. Cloud services [https://blog.buildingblok.com/how-important-is-technology-in-construction/] allow easy access to documents and the use of construction management software [https://blog.buildingblok.com/new-technology-adoption-how-to-drive-change-within/] increases efficiency. The
Eurozone construction [http://www.wsj.com/articles/eurozone-construction-falls-sharply-in-february-1429521326] drops in February. From 2004 to 2014, Google spent more than $500 million on construction and remodeling [http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2015/04/20/google-spent-500-million-on-construction-since-2004-more-than-all-local-homeowners-combined/] . Check out the most extravagant homes for sales [http://www.businessinsider.com/the-5-most-extraordinary-homes-for-sale-around-the-wor
Home builder confidence [http://www.wsj.com/articles/home-builder-confidence-rises-sharply-in-april-1429106402] is up in April, an indication that the housing market is picking up after a slow winter. This article explains why it is crucial for you to have an employee handbook [http://www.constructioncontractoradvisor.com/employee-handbooks-your-first-line-of-defense/] this spring. The production of
Construction spending [http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/01/us-economy-construction-idUSKBN0MS4JG20150401] fell in February for the second consecutive month. Check out some of the best architecture [http://www.businessinsider.com/best-architecture-of-2015-2015-4] of 2015. There are six key pieces of information you need to collect when prequalifying subcontractors [http://constructiondatacompany.com/
S&P/Case-Shiller home price index report indicates that home prices [http://www.businessinsider.com/case-shiller-home-price-index-january-2015-3] have risen. Watch Disney Land’s construction [http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/disneyland-construction-time-lapse-video-30007905] in 60 seconds. A fight over a Frank Lloyd Wright house [http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-frank-lloyd-wright-house-divides-somersets-wraxall-1427296652?KEYWORDS=construction] has
After the financial crisis, many college graduates moved back in with their parents and unemployed and underemployed relatives were forced to bunk with their family members. As the economy seemingly recovers, analysts wonder what will happen when this population starts looking for a place to live. A report by Dr.
This article [http://www.constructioncontractoradvisor.com/improper-classification-davis-bacon-can-costly/] explains why it is crucial to properly classify laborers and take proactive measures with the Department of Labor. Home Depot’s [http://www.wsj.com/articles/home-depot-posts-strong-sales-but-warns-on-dollar-1424777455] earnings and net sales are up. They boosted their quarterly dividend by 26% and authorized an
New home construction [http://fortune.com/2015/03/17/housing-starts-plunged-february/] fell 17% in February [http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-03-17/new-home-construction-plunges-17-in-february] (to the lowest level since January 2014). Homebuilder confidence [http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-16/confidence-among-u-s-homebuilders-declines-to-eight-month-low] is down in March (to an eight-month low). 6 construction do’
Nearly 4 years ago the price of copper was at it’s peak. Today, it’s price is down 40%. Declining revenues are forcing many copper companies to implement layoffs. The story of the Ray Mine [http://www.npr.org/2015/03/11/392092879/with-prices-down-and-layoffs-up-copper-industry-still-looks-to-grow] near Kearny, Arizona is representative
Here is a breakdown of construction projectbids in the Mid-Atlantic region [http://constructiondatacompany.com/mid-atlantic-region-bidding-landscape-december-february/?utm_source=Construction+Data+Building+Blocks+Blog&utm_campaign=29c2fcba74-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_014636a2fe-29c2fcba74-428276393] . Of the 4,142 bids, 1,103 were private and 3,129 were public. In an
With all the recent buzz about net neutrality, we’d like to bring your attention to thisConstructech article [http://constructech.com/net-neutrality-what-it-means-for-construction/] about the possible implications of the policy… > “Whether or not net neutrality is an issue that needs stricter rules and regulations, or whether more “light touch” regulation and
Construction spending [http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml] fell 1.1% in January 2015 [http://constructiondatacompany.com/construction-spending-drops-1-1-for-january-2015/?utm_source=Construction+Data+Building+Blocks+Blog&utm_campaign=4980c76d00-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_014636a2fe-4980c76d00-428276393] . Health care trends have boosted medical construction projects [http://www.crainsnewyork.
I wasn’t always a salesperson. I actually started as a stock analyst for a bulge bracket investment bank. Granted, I was familiar with cross-selling products and “selling” stock ideas. But cold calling? Selling to put bread on the table? I never envisioned making Sales my bread and butter (forgive
It’s cold here in NYC and we’ve got fireplaces on our mind, therefore, we’d like to draw your attention to this absurd window/chimney situation. We hope you stay warm and have a great weekend! Image: Source [http://www.viralnova.com/31-building-fails-gallery/5/]
Architecture billings [http://constructiondatacompany.com/architecture-billings-decreases-january-2015/?utm_source=Construction+Data+Building+Blocks+Blog&utm_campaign=69e68e6b52-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_014636a2fe-69e68e6b52-428276393] decreased in January 2015. Lending for home construction [http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2015/02/24/home-construction-lending-grows-at-slower-pace/] slowed in the 4th quarter. Home prices rose
The Wall Street Journal [http://www.wsj.com/articles/caterpillar-reports-u-s-investigation-into-cash-transfers-1424214439] reports that the U.S. District Court for Central Illinois is investigating the movement of cash within Caterpillar’s U.S. and international branches. Caterpillar received a grand jury subpoena [http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2015/02/19/caterpillars-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day/
Housing starts [http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/02/18/us/politics/ap-us-home-construction.html] slipped 2% in January. Homebuilder confidence [http://www.wsj.com/articles/home-builder-confidence-dips-in-february-1424185202] is down more than expected. This revolutionary new steel [http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/news/a13919/new-steel-alloy-titanium/] has a strength-to-weight ratio comparable to titanium
These balconies are not only poorly aligned but there aren’t even doors to walk out onto them! Use BuildingBlok and you will waste less time and money and prevent oopsies like this one. Have a great long weekend and stay warm! Image: Source [http://www.bromygod.com/2014/12/
The following is a guest post by construction industry blogger James White. Picture stepping onto an active job site. You’re greeted not by a Project Superintendent, but rather something that resembles R2D2. While today’s construction industry may not be in a galaxy far, far away, drones and robotic
Goldman Sachs economist, Alec Phillips, reports on the biggest issues facing American infrastructure [http://www.businessinsider.com/goldman-on-american-infrastructure-2015-1]. For example, 25% of the bridges in the U.S. are considered deficient. Phillips expresses his concern for American infrastructure when he states, > “This year, Congress is expected to enact long-term spending
Construction spending [http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2015/02/02/business/02reuters-usa-construction.html?_r=0] missed expectations when it increased 0.4% in December 2014 to an annual spending rate of $982.1 billion. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the total value of the construction industry [http://constructiondatacompany.
Coming soon! BuildingBlok, recently acquired by The Blue Book [http://www.thebluebook.com/], unveils new and improved version of the BuildingBlok construction management system at The World of Concrete conference. BuildingBlok and The Blue Book [http://www.thebluebook.com/landing-pages/woc-2015-cbo.html] will be in booth #C3641 at theWorld of
Construction industry bloggerJames White [http://www.homeyimprovements.com/] calls BuildingBlok a construction management solution [https://buildingblok.com/]that boosts productivity and lowers operating costs. Read the post inConstruction Today’s blog [http://blog.construction-today.com/]. Have a great weekend!
BuildingBlok featured in Construction Business Owner! “5 Things to Know About Construction Software [http://www.constructionbusinessowner.com/technology/technology/january-2015-smart-technology-advantage] ” by Justin Nolan
Caterpillar just announced their Q4 earnings fell short of expectations. More importantly, because of the declining price of oil, they project their 2015 sales to amount to $50 billion (down from their 2014 sales of $55 billion). > “We expect world economic growth to only improve modestly in 2015. The relatively
Happy Friday! We hope you have a great weekend and don’t run into any bathrooms like this one. Image: Source [http://www.bromygod.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/construction-fails-017-12032014.jpg]
The U.S. Commerce Department released the home-construction report. U.S. home construction is up 4.4% in December. The New York Times [http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/01/21/us/politics/ap-us-home-construction.html] reports that home construction rose 8.8% in the South, 5.8% in the West
President Obama plans to promote private investment in infrastructure through a series of tax proposals and administrative actions. Though the financial specifics are still unknown, the Obama administration is hoping for a bipartisan agreement because the measure will use funding other than new federal money. Qualified public infrastructure bonds could
Happy Martin Luther King Day! Here is your Monday industry update: The construction industry added 290,000 jobs in 2014 [http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/01/11/construction-hiring-picking-up/21521769/] (a nine-year high). In December, contractors added 48,000 jobs (the most jobs added since last January) as
BuildingBlok featured in Constructor Magazine [http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NGCS/NGCS0115/index.php#/96]! In the article, CEO Justin Nolan describes how BuildingBlok is disrupting the construction industry when he says, > “This is taking what has been done for years in construction management, moving it online and focusing it
Tired of waiting for the elevator? Smart elevators [http://constructech.com/smart-elevators-are-rising/] will reduce delays and be more energy efficient than traditional cable elevators. A lull in the construction of government-built schools and infrastructure contributed to the recent dip in construction spending [http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/01/02/
The following is a guest post by construction industry blogger James White. Telematics is a broad area that connects data monitoring and potentially remote control in a variety of application areas. Vehicle tracking and monitoring is one common application, but another really important area of application is equipment telematics: maintaining
The Shard (in London, UK) was wildly over-budget with an original budget of $619,291,750 and a final cost of $2,123,286,000. The Shard was nicknamed the world’s tallest white elephant. After a year, only 6 of the 72 floors were occupied and none of the
Happy Monday! We hope you had a great holiday. Here are three things to know this morning: 1. In Detroit and southeast Michigan, major construction projects [http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2014/12/27/detroit-major-projects/20929505/] to begin in 2015 will help create jobs and fuel the
Last Friday we posted about five tech trends to watch in 2015. Here are four more… 1. Images and videos on platforms like Instagram will impact buying habits more than ever. In 2015, more companies will pay for 15 second video clips that are based on targeted metrics. 2. Your
Every New Years we make resolutions to better ourselves and achieve our goals. As we prepare for 2015, businesses in any industry need to be aware of the tech trends that will become game-changers in 2015. Here are five tech trends you need to know in order to make better
This is either an absurd construction failure or a genius plan that makes things ever so convenient! You can be the judge of that. Avoid project defects, cost-overruns and delays with a construction management solution [https://buildingblok.com/] like BuildingBlok. Source [http://www.bromygod.com/2014/12/04/architect-high-school-diploma/]
Construction Industry: Construction of new homes fell 1.6% in November [http://www.bostonherald.com/business/real_estate/2014/12/us_home_construction_drops_16_percent_in_november] . Many economists attribute this decline to the cold and snowy weather as the country experienced the coldest November in 14 years. New
1. 10 Ecuadorians and three Chinese construction workers died in an accident at the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant site [http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ecuador-power-plant-construction-accident-kills-13/] (Ecuador’s largest infrastructure project to date). 2. China’s construction and railway stocks [http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-15/china-stock-futures-fall-as-pboc-sees-growth-slowdown-in-2015.html] rise
The future is here. Most of the elevators we ride are cable elevators and for the most part the industry hasn’t experienced a major innovation in about 160 years. ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas is trying to change that. The elevator company is developing a cable-free system called MULTI that will
Last week we (as well as many other blogs and news outlets) posted about how The World Trade Center Transportation Hub project was dramatically over-budget. Construction projects rife with cost overruns [http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2014/12/10/major-international-construction-projects-that-went-billions-over-budget-infographic/] are not an American issue but a global one.
Caterpillar and American sand artist Rusty Croft teamed up to win the Guinness World Record for the tallest sandcastle in the world. The sandcastle was 40-feet-tall and therefore, beat the record previously held by Ed Jarrett who built a 37′ 10″ tall sandcastle. Watch Caterpillar’s “Built For It [http:
At its completion in March of 2014, the Budapest Metro Line 4 [https://podio.com/site/budget-busters?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRolsqvKZKXonjHpfsX77ukvWa%2Bg38431UFwdcjKPmjr1YcCRMZ0aPyQAgobGp5I5FEAS7bYUblzt6EOXg%3D%3D] was two years past deadline and 4.5 times over-budget. On opening day, Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, joked about the construction delays when he said, > “I
1. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20,000 jobs [http://www.forconstructionpros.com/press_release/12024854/construction-industry-adds-20000-jobs-in-november] were added to the construction industry in November. ADP, the Human Capital Management firm, reports that 17,000 jobs [http://constructiondatacompany.com/construction-industry-employment-increases-by-20000-in-november/?utm_source=Construction+Data+Building+Blocks+Blog&utm_
The World Trade Center Transportation Hub is going to end up being almost twice as much as was predicted in 2004. The cost has reached almost $4 billion and of that, $655 million was spent on construction management: supervision, documentation, monitoring, and inspection. The hub will not only serve as
Never mind having any sort of privacy while using the toilet, this poorly constructed bathroom screams sanitation as it offers you not one, but five sinks to choose from! Don’t let mistakes like this happen, for everyone’s sake. Use a construction management [https://buildingblok.com/] system like BuildingBlok
The Brooklyn Bridge is not only iconic for its beauty but because its construction was a technological triumph. The bridge first opened on May 24th, 1883 and was called the “eighth wonder of the world.” It took 14 years and about $15 million to build the massive bridge that stretched
***Cloud technology dramatically increases collaboration and communication. *** > “Technology shapes styles of work,” said Ed Lazowska, who holds a chair in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. “One critical advantage of the cloud is that sharing becomes dramatically easier.” He foresees more collaboration and outsourcing of work, and
If there is “time is of the essence” language in a contract, it means that any delays that occur on the project can be considered a breach of the contract. Therefore, the non-breaching party can terminate the contract. For example, if a subcontractor doesn’t complete their work on time
An article in Constructive Executive called “Constructing a Model for Faster Business in the Cloud” explains how cloud computing is revolutionizing the construction industry. When managing your construction projects, cloud-based technology [https://buildingblok.com/] will help you increase accountability and efficiency and decrease cost overruns and bottlenecks. > “It’s revolutionizing
BuildingBlok featured in the November issue of CIO Review. In the article titled, “Powerful Project Management Tools for the Construction Sector,” CEO Justin Nolan is quoted saying, > “Our system simplifies construction management so that even smaller projects get easy-to-use intuitive tools.” Read the entire article about BuildingBlok’s construction management
It has gotten pretty scary cold here in New York City and as we dream of warmer weather we’d like to share this seriously scary budget with you. The Brazil World Cup Stadiums were not only controversial but very over-budget. The original budget was $1,100,000,000 but
The NAHB homebuilder sentiment went from 54 in October to 58 in November. This November matches the second-highest level hit since 2005. Reuters [http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/18/us-usa-economy-housing-nahb-idUSKCN0J21P020141118] reports, > “November marked the fifth straight month with a reading above 50, which marks the threshold where more
When thinking of the best practices your business functions with, can you remember if your company developed those practices after conducting a hazard analysis? Risk is a general concept but a hazard is a specific point or moment of risk. Hazard analysis is an important part of managing and reducing
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently conducted a survey (with over 1,000 participants) to examine the number of construction firms suffering from labor shortages. The survey revealed that 83% of contractors are struggling to find qualified workers. Click here [http://www.agc.org/galleries/news/Worker_Shortage_
Radio-frequency identification technology (RFID) is being used in construction technology to manage assets, reduce theft and improve efficiency. RFID technology has origins in the Friend or Foe systems (IFF) that used radar and transponders to detect friendly aircraft in World War II. Today, RFID technology is used in things like
Nothing screams convenience like an ATM that makes you sit on a clean sidewalk while taking money out! Using a cost-effective construction management system [https://buildingblok.com/features] like BuildingBlok fosters precision, efficiency, AND sanitation! Happy Friday! Source [http://wildammo.com/2014/10/09/48-construction-fails-so-dumb-youll-have-to-see-this-to-believe-it/#1]
In October, the unemployment rate fell to 6.4%. This marked the tenth consecutive month in which unemployment decreased. In terms of the construction industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 12,000 construction-related jobs were added in October. Construction employment has increased every month in 2014. Further,
The following is a guest post by construction industry blogger James White. As a manager whose job it is to find new leads for the company, it can be exhausting to comb through your resources looking for diamonds among the coals, and it’s frustrating when you come up to
A recent court case, Conway v. The Cutler Group [http://caselaw.findlaw.com/pa-supreme-court/1675990.html], suggests that contractors may be liable for construction defects experienced by the second buyer of a home. In this case, the Conways purchased a home from the owner and after two years of living
The state of Ohio is experiencing a mini construction boom. Therefore, the state has a large demand for skilled trades workers. Watch thisnews report [http://wkbn.com/2014/10/30/construction-workers-in-high-demand/]and go to BuildOhio.Org [http://www.buildohio.org/]for more details! Have a great weekend!
Last week we featured the first part of a 2014 report by the construction software research and reviews website,Software Advice [http://www.softwareadvice.com/], that helps us understand the construction industry today by comparing it to its pre-recession state. Here is the rest of the information featured in the
We recently posted about how most Americans are renting [https://blog.buildingblok.com/rentals/] homes and apartments instead of buying them. This claim is further supported by looking at The Millennial generation’s lifestyle and a graph that shows a declining number of first-time homebuyers. [https://blog.buildingblok.com/content/
A recent court case, Gaytan v. Wal-Mart [https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/sites/supremecourt.ne.gov/files/sc/opinions/s13-039.pdf] , serves as reminder that general contractors are responsible for the safety of all workers on the job site. In this case, an employee working for a roofing subcontractor died after
Here is your industry update (provided by some of The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) indexes): The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) represents the nine to twelve month lead time between construction spending and architecture billings. A score above 50 means there has been an increase in billing. The ABI score
Happy Halloween! Here’s something scary: the Scottish Parliament Building was 935% over budget and 3 years past its 2001 deadline. So as the Scots would say, “keep the heid!” (“don’t lose your head, stay calm”). Use a system like BuildingBlok that tracks all of your construction documents for
A 2014 report from construction software research and reviews website, Software Advice [http://www.softwareadvice.com/], helps us understand the construction industry today by comparing it to its pre-recession state. The report does a deep dive into the following information… ***The decrease in total monthly valuation for all construction. *** As
Was this elevator poorly constructed or was it created so that just when you think you are going to enjoy a leisurely ride on the escalator you are reminded of your own laziness? I suppose we’ll never know but one can only imagine what sorts of miscommunication and cost
Happy Hump Day! Here is your industry update: Housing starts were up in September by 6.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million homes. Most of these gains came from apartment building construction. Apartment building construction has gone up by 18.5% after having plummeted in
The construction of the most famous and advanced research laboratory orbiting planet earth was indeed a historical success but was 186% over-budget. There were so many project delays that the 16 countries involved were afraid it would never be completed. The International Space Station was finally completed in 2011, 6
We are introducing our newest series titled, “Construction Catastrophes.” Each week we will feature a construction failure that we can laugh about. Additionally, however, we can take time to reflect upon ways to prevent such failures and increase efficiency, accuracy, productivity, and profits. That’s a lot of thinking for
A recent report [http://www.softwareadvice.com/construction/bid-management-systems/buyerview/report-2014/] by construction software research and reviews website, Software Advice, reveals that 86% of companies looking for a new bid management tool are hoping to improve their efficiency and streamline their operations. 46% of prospective buyers feel that their current
We feel that our second post in the Busted Budgets series is especially appropriate because BuildingBlok calls New York City home! The Empire State Building was built in one year, from 1930 to 1931. The original budget was $386,342,340 and ended up costing $772,684,680. To borrow
A recent report [http://www.softwareadvice.com/construction/bid-management-systems/buyerview/report-2014/] from construction software research and reviews website, Software Advice, shows that a majority of the industry still uses manual methods for bid management. That same group is looking to adopt a new robust solution in three months or less!
Last week, Justin Nolan [https://plus.google.com/102828700450532456534/about] (CEO) and Spencer Nolan [https://plus.google.com/115292106524350172601/posts] (CDO) were judges at NYC’s Techweek [http://techweek.com/newyork/]. They served on a panel of judges that evaluated 47 of New York’s up-and-coming tech startups. > “Pre-qualified startups
We are beginning our new series titled “Busted Budgets” with a bang! The Montreal Olympic Stadium was 1990% over budget. The stadium originally called the “Big O” was re-nicknamed the “Big Owe” due to these cost over runs. Should have used BuildingBlok, eh? Click here [https://podio.com/site/budget-busters?
In the spirit of football season, we are sharing an article that draws a connection between football and bid protests! Bid protests serve as a revision of the decision making process. A recent case in the construction of the New Orleans airport [http://enr.construction.com/opinions/editorials/2014/0818-lessons-from-a-bid-protest-in-new-orleans.
According to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory, 147,870 of the 607,751 bridges in the United States are deficient. Of these, 63,522 are structurally deficient and 84,348 are functionally obsolete bridges. A structurally deficient bridge is a bridge that has critical load-carrying elements
The following is a guest post by construction industry blogger James White. Will Sustainable Building Revitalize the Construction Industry? The impact of last decade’s recession can be exemplified by taking a look at the housing market and the construction industry. With properties being abandoned at an alarming rate between
CEO Justin Nolan featured in Entrepreneur [http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237636]. In “How to Change An Industry Before It’s Ready,” Justin outlines three ways to bring innovation to an industry that might not be ready for it. > “Ultimately, bringing lasting change to a traditional industry takes time. A
Though Caterpillar’s retail sales rose 14% Y/Y two months ago, in July, sales dropped to 11% and are now at 8%. They have suffered double digit collapses in Asia (by -24%), Europe and the Middle East (by -17%) and Latin America (by -29%). This brings Caterpillar to 21
If an architect and general contractor are both hired by the owner then they do not enter into a contract with one another. They each enter into their own respective contract with the owner. Thus, can the general contractor sue the architect if issues arise on a project? If a
Happy Friday! With the weekend just around the corner, we would like to share some positive construction industry news. 20,000 jobs were added to the construction industry in August. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in August the construction industry’s unemployment rate was 7.7% which
Feel like you’re talking to yourself? How to ask questions and get responses with these 5 tips for managing RFIs. Delays are awful. Whether there are long lines at the airport or trouble at the construction site, we want to avoid delays at all costs. However, some things are
With all the recent conversations about Hollywood actors and cloud security, we thought we would bring attention to a more productive, interesting and business related topic: business agility and cloud computing. Business agility is a company’s ability to adapt rapidly to industry changes in cost effective ways. It is
The AGC (The Associated General Contractors of America) features an article by our CEO Justin Nolan about the five ways that mobile impacts the construction industry. Read the full article… Source [http://www.naylornetwork.com/ngc-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=281202&issueID=34192]
As summer comes to an end, we thought we’d share some photos of our team during summer 2014. We hope that you all had a great summer and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Thanks for tuning in 😉 [https://blog.buildingblok.com/content/images/2014/08/IMG_1911-e1409170756917.jpg]
Since the 2008 recession, residential construction in New York City has failed to recover to pre-crash levels. In 2013, 17,995 housing units were issued compared to 34,000 units in 2008. While New York continues to struggle, other cities across the country are seeing signs of progress. San Francisco,
When it comes to litigation, keeping an audit trail of every document created is important. Having a written document retention policy is crucial to ensure that you have the proper documents to support any claims that you want to make. You want the required project documentation to be consistent across
Constructech writes that BuildingBlok Mobile provides the construction industry with an easy-to-use and affordable solution that revolutionizes field to office communication. > “As the economy continues to rebound, SMBs have an opportunity to take advantage of more projects. With technology such as this, contractors will be able to easily manage projects
In an AEC Business Podcast, June Jewell, the president and CEO of Acuity Business Solutions, gave 8 ways that AEC companies can make more money in the year 2014. 1.) Adopt a profitability culture:Many firms hurt themselves because they aren’t focused enough on profits. It is crucial to
IT departments are wondering what their role will be as the construction industry moves to the cloud. Below are some reasons why companies should encourage their IT departments to prepare for these new transformative technologies. Adopting cloud technology can drastically increase a business’ productivity and efficiency, therefore, it is in
TheNAHB (National Association of Home Builders) sentiment reaches 2014 year highs. Meanwhile, mortgage applications and home sales hit multiyear lows. This disconnect is problematic for builders… Below is a graph that shows that home sales are down as NAHB sentiment is up. [https://blog.buildingblok.com/content/images/2014/08/
A 2014 report from construction software research and reviews website,Software Advice [http://www.softwareadvice.com/], states that a majority, 28 percent, of software buyers evaluate softwares because they want to increase the efficiency of their business. Of Software Advice’s sample, 35 percent were still using manual management methods
The ISM Manufacturing index for July is at 57.1 – the highest since April 2011. On the other hand, consumer confidence for July is down. Worst of all, construction spending took its biggest drop since January 2011.Read the full article… Source [http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-01/ism-manufacturing-surges-3-year-highs-construction-spending-plunges-most-jan-2011]
A recent article in Realtor Magazine highlights how tablets have revolutionized the way that businesses function. The article discusses how when Ed Nauhaus, a broker-owner of Neuhaus Realty Group in Austin, decided to run his business with a tablet, Google drive, and google office he instantly saw positive results. Ed
Happy Friday! In the spirit of Summer Fridays we have some good news. Anirban Basum, chief economist of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) , Chief Economist Kermit Baker of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and David Crowe the economist of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) put together
PR Web announces BuildingBlok’s updated mobile app which allows users to easily create RFIs, punchlists, daily reports, timesheets, upload an unlimited amount of project photos, and update project schedules. Communication and collaboration between the field and office is seamless, intuitive and efficient, providing a centralized platform for all of
Is working on a mobile basis the new norm? Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, created quite a firestorm last year when she announced a policy prohibiting Yahoo employees from working from home. By some estimates more than 40% of Yahoo employees had been enjoying the flexibility of occasionally working
In an incredibly important new ruling a Massachusetts court found that Gilbane Building Company (a Construction Manager at Risk) could not sue the owner of one of their projects for design defects eventhough** the owner provided the plans and specifications for the project. Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc sued the Gilbane
A recent McGraw Hill report presents the varying benefits of construction project delivery for contractors, architects and owners. The report explains what drives owners’, contractors’ and architects’ decisions with respect to delivery systems. Owners select these systems according to their ability to maximize their budget while improving project quality. Contractor’
CDC News’ Blog writes about the emerging construction technologies triggered by the EPA’s newTier 4 Final emission standards. The article discusses emission reduction technologies, after treatment systems and the adoption of these technologies by industry leaders. Exhaust gas recirculation, turbochargers, and high pressure fuel systems are a few examples
Ad Age writes that since the recession, in order to cut costs and increase efficiency, the construction industry is relying on technology more than ever. Therefore, the industry is looking for young, bright and technologically savvy minds to not only operate these new technologies but to revamp its image. Many
A recent post in Constructech explains that between 2007 and 2010 a large percentage workers left the industry, many of them women. The article goes on to highlight that many women working in the industry are playing increasingly important IT roles within organizations. > “Today, only 9% of U.S. construction
Caterpillar just released it’s global OEM retail sales and things are not looking up. Zero Hedge highlights this harsh reality… > “The bellwether industrial company which has managed to repurchase it way to all time highs in recent months hardly wants the investing public to know the unpleasant truth, a
A recent post in Construction Contracts by Craig Martin of Lamson, Dungan, and Murray, LLP discusses the case of Fidelity And Deposit Co of Maryland v Casey Industrial Inc. > “In this case,Fidelity And Deposit Co of Maryland v Casey Industrial Inc [http://www.constructioncontractoradvisor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/
The Wallstreet Journal’s Market Watch sites a report by McGraw Hill Construction Research & Analytics. The report shows signs of overall growth in for June and > “New construction starts in June advanced 6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $549.7 billion, the highest level so far in 2014,
The Submittal process is a necessary evil. It’s paperwork that you submit during every project to ensure the conceptual equates to the reality. Stuff happens and things will change. To make sure you weather the storm, here are a few suggestions. 1. Don’t try to manage submittals in
A 2014 report from construction software research and reviews website,Software Advice [http://www.softwareadvice.com/], states that most construction software buyers are looking for best-of-breed solutions over integrated systems. > “When asked about their integration requirements, 68 percent of construction software buyers wanted to evaluate best-of-breed applications over integrated software
Our intern, Mike Dunnegan, a member of Colgate University’s class of 2016, shares his experience working at BuildingBlok this summer. Mike has been an integral part of the team developing a usage analytics tracker and testing code for our Timesheets feature. We have loved having Mike here! > “Technology has
CDC News released their 2nd Quarter 2014 Construction Data Index. Overall, the report indicates that construction companies are dissatisfied with their growth. 50% of companies believe that their performance has improved (over the past six months), while 32% believe their performance has remained the same and 19% believe it has
BuildingBlok headlines Constructech, a well-respected magazine focused on construction technology, today! Contructech features BuildingBlok as a tool that takes care of small- to mid-sized construction companies because it is a flexible, easy to use and targeted construction management solution through which subcontractors and general contractors can manage their companies and
A 2014 report from construction software research and reviews website, [Software Advice](http://www.softwareadvice.com/), states that small- and medium-sized businesses are more likely to choose a construction management software that improves their company’s productivity. Much of the construction management software in the industry caters to larger construction
A new report reveals the construction industry needs help innovating new ways for increasing productivity: > “Forty-seven percent of respondents in the FMI Nonresidential Construction Index Report said their firms don’t have ongoing research and development efforts, and 69% ranked the industry’s ability to innovate as moderate to very
Infrastructures Magazine outlines some of the benefits of BuildingBlok’s construction management software like inviting unlimited users to a project at no extra cost, company promotion through the BuildingBlok network, and an easy to use, personalized Inbox to manage your construction documents. > “With the BuildingBlok Pro package an unlimited number
PR web notes that BuildingBlok’s construction management software is used by more than 2,500 general contractors and tens of thousands of subcontractors… > “BuildingBlokis the first cloud based construction management platform geared specifically to small to mid-size general contractors, offering a robust suite of management tools at an affordable
The Woodworking Network highlights how BuildingBlok’s cloud-based construction management software improves field to office communication by providing a centralized platform where all users are kept up to date in real time. BuildingBlok is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and on the web. > “The system’s tools are designed to
FCI Magazine highlights the benefits of BuildingBlok’s construction management software which allows you to securely archive all of your project data in one central location… > “The latest release offers optional archival storage for a project’s electronic records. BuildingBlok also offers data security, with every document and the entire
HVAC Web Connection calls BuildingBlok an affordable and elegant system… > “The latest release is still highly affordable, and optional archival storage for a project’s electronic records is also available for completed projects whose digital record dramatically reduces the reams of files, scattered notes and other paper trail compiled during
SitePrep calls BuildingBlok a revoutionary system… > “The BuildingBlok system “revolutionizes” control of construction projects from start to closeout with a comprehensive suite of features that includes invitations-to-bid, file manager, daily reports and financial management, among others. Users manage their budgets online, and the system tracks and automatically administers the approval
The New York Times’ Bits blog claims our time to be “The Era of Cloud Computing.” > “Without the cloud I’d need $1 million, plus staff, just for the computer, said Mark DePristo, a vice president for SynapDx. Instead, his company spends $25,000 a month on computing and steadily
> It is in your pocket. Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone in 2007. Since then, the convenience of mobile web interaction has been pushing the desktop closer and closer to the realm of nostalgia. When we can anticipate changes to technology, we should adapt practices that leave us
You spoke. We listened. Simplified navigation The new BuildingBlok Dashboard lets you get to work faster than ever. With a sleek and intuitive design, customers both old and new can quickly jump into a project, their Network Profile, All Files, or our brand-new Inbox. Simple is beautiful. Favorite projects Juggling
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” -Benjamin Franklin For some people, these two inevitable parts of life may not seem so different. Here is how we make our customers’ lives easier when Tax Day rolls around. 1) Time sheets and Mancount Know
> Very important. This is what we learned froma recent article [http://www.globest.com/news/12_829/orangecounty/technology/How-Important-is-Technology-in-Construction-344471.html?ET=globest:e42552:19677a:&st=email&s=&cmp=gst:California_AM_20140402:editorial] . Here are two excerpts and a chart. “…simplicity and accessibility are key when marketing technology to
> “Change is good. It’s certainly necessary…Create the vision, adapt to change, and put more tools in your toolbox.” -Dan Kumm, President of Bluescope North America Do you remember pagers? At the Butler Manufacturing Conference, Dan Kumm, told a story about his boss paging him while working on-site, and
> Get the ball rolling faster than ever When people want something, they want it right away. However, construction is a process full of red-tape, delays and waiting on information from other people. We completely redesigned the project setup process to make your construction life even easier. We distilled down project
> “The most important aspects of financial management for the small construction industry contractor arebookkeeping,budgetingandcost accounting*,* said Vancouver accountant Lionel Raber” –Journal of Commerce [http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id57954/--financial-management-skills-found-lacking-for-small-contractors] 1) Bookkeeping BuildingBlok allows you to track cost changes in real-time, automatically keeping your books up-to-date. All Change Orders
In conjunction with last Thursday’s post we want to bring attention to The Wall Street Journal’s recent post. More pessimism! > “RBC’s Robert Wetenhall forecast that housing starts throughout the U.S. in 2014 will hit 1 million, compared with 925,000 in 2013. Those figures are far
A simple lack of communication and oversight during the construction process can cause much larger problems. A prime example is C&C Companies, who was working on an 11-year construction project of Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant when 100 feet of a concrete divider collapsed. > **“More than half a
> “The use of technology in the construction industry is evolving, moving from traditional on-premise software to on-the-go applications. Many of the common software packages for the construction industry are now being moved to a browser-based application.” –Construtech [http://www.constructech.com/news/articles/article.aspx?article_id=9846&SECTION=1]
How does transparency translate to savings? AtReal Share Apartments 2013 [http://www.globest.com/news/12_722/losangeles/multifamily/Contractor-and-Developer-Communication-Crucial-339071.html?ET=globest:e40793:19677a:&st=email&s=&cmp=gst:California_AM_20131028:editorial] , a panel of construction industry experts discussed strategies for cost management. These thought-leaders identified poor communication
Earlier this month, BuildingBlok updated the way your project dashboard is organized. Now, BuildingBlok is happy to offer you a redesigned company dashboard. When you log into BuildingBlok you see an organized overview, including tasks assigned to you and outstanding issues. There is also new information on the dashboard including
Happy October! This month we have added new features to our website including a global calendar and a new project dashboard. Global Calendar The global calendar helps you stay organized. All of your construction tasks will appear on the calendar and are color-coded based on status. For example, overdue tasks
A change is occurring in the construction industry and people are beginning to recognize it. Construction firms are replacing paper with online solutions. These solutions are making it simple to ditch previously inconvenient ways and switch to faster and more efficient means of managing business. Online solutions, such as BuildingBlok,
**Create And Respond To Punchlists On The Go ** BuildingBlok’s mobile update now gives you the ability to create and respond to punchlist items from the field. Simply create a punchlist item, add relevant information, and add photos. Punchlist items are immediately sent to assigned users to complete. Quick, easy,
According to a [recent article](http://www.gsnmagazine.com/node/33138?c=communications) published on Government Security News magazine, paper-based industries, such as construction, highly benefit from the use of mobile solutions.> “Mobile solutions, i.e. software for PDAs and smartphones, have an enormous potential to improve efficiency and save
We save our customers from printing thousands of pages everyday. Learn about the top 5 documents construction companies submit, and how we help you manage them. 5) Requests for Information (RFIs) – 7% Quick movement of information is critical to completing a project on time. Waiting for RFI approval can be
Users can now… -Create RFI’s and To-Do’s from their mobile device -Instantly respond to an RFI or To-Do from the field -Take photos in the field and attach them to a RFI or To-Do -Manage RFI and To-Do Logs from their mobile devices With the updated BuildingBlok mobile
“We have a fragmented industry: 7.6 million construction workers, 94% of them in firms of 20 or less. There are no truly national construction firms, operating in all the states. Unless you are able to operate at scale and achieve economies and efficiencies, you can’t afford to do
The Benefits of the BuildingBlok Payment Application…-Automatically calculates and updates retainage and balance to finish. -Streamlines your payments. -One time entry of Schedule of Values. -Subcontractors can quickly submit for payment by updating present application for the month. -Users receive payment information instantly. -Dramatically reduces the processing time and
– Easily upload photos to the Daily Report – Better organize your Daily Report photos and Progress Photos by customizing your Photo Log Albums -All photos sync automatically to the cloud and are accessible anywhere, anytime
Budget your one time costs online! – Electronically create and submit invoices for payment. – Allow specific users to approve invoices online. – Automatically track and log invoice documentation, maintaining a complete audit trail. Increase accountability and transparency by moving invoices onto BuildingBlok. Allow all users to collaborate on a single, centralized platform!
“Technology is evolving constantly, with brand new software, gadgets and services being offered every day to those in the construction industry. Contractors and construction business owners need to stay on top of the most important IT trends for one reason beyond all others: efficiency. Not only will efficiency help businesses
“Firms that harness the output of digital data to speed up their operations are going to outperform competitors, create new standards and be more successful. In the past, slowness protected market segments. Today, the difference between those who use speed and those who don’t is no longer incremental; it
BuildingBlok is pleased to announce an update to the submittals module. Subcontractors can now create submittals on their own – without a submittal required first being setup by the project manager – adding even more flexibility to the document submission process. It’s as easy as clicking on the green “Create New”
Remove barriers to the efficient flow of information! Move your projects to the cloud! “Project managers can have up-to-date information on job financials and logistics without going from jobsites to the office and back. Field staff and subcontractors can have access to the latest versions of plans, specs, change orders
Happy 4th of July! We are pleased to announce the recent expansion of BuildingBlok! As our customer base is rapidly growing we are expanding our staff and moving to a new larger office so you can continue to receive the customer service that you deserve and have come to expect.
BuildingBlok’s Cost Accounting Report and Actual Cost Summary Report automatically show you real-time adjustments to your budget and contracts. As change orders, invoices and payment applications are created and approved, these reports are automatically updated so that you are always on top of your spending. * Stop manually updating excel
According to “Case Studies on the Use of Information Technology in the Canadian Construction Industry”, the electronic distribution of documents is more efficient and cheaper [than traditional methods]. Find out how BuildingBlok can help! www.buildingblok.com View the case study here – http://www.itcon.org/data/works/att/2004_
If you’re managing submittals with Excel, paper documents and or emails, the submittal process is a major burden. Paper submittals are constantly sent back and forth between the subcontractor, general contractor, architects and engineers during the review process. Both time and money are wasted manually tracking these documents and
Invite an unlimited number of subs, architects, and engineers to your projects, so that all project members can work together within the same system. This brings efficiency, productivity, and accountability to the document approval process, since all users in the project can work off of one centralized platform anytime, anywhere.
BuildingBlok’s new mobile app allows your field supervisors and site managers to make critical updates on their iPhone. Information is instantly synced to the cloud, keeping your team updated in real time and on all mediums – computers, mobile devices, and tablets! Benefits of using the mobile application: * Monitor all
Construction disputes taking longer to resolve – KHL Group [http://www.khl.com/magazines/international-construction/detail/item85408/Construction-disputes-taking-longer-to-resolve] BuildingBlok can help minimize errors and avoid lengthy legal disputes resulting from incomplete or missing documentation. According to a report by consultants EC Harris, the time taken to resolve legal disputes in the
BuildingBlok customer, The EDiS Company, on track to complete $114M high school [http://delaware.newszap.com/centraldelaware/122776-70/114m-dover-high-construction-project-in-full-swing]
Economic Webcast: Riding the Roller Coaster: Ups & Downs in Construction Spending, Materials, Labor [http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/events/2013/05/webcast-riding-the-roller-coaster-ups-downs-for-construction-spending/] > – A informative economic webcast on the state of the construction industry, featuring keynote Chief Economists from the AGC of America, AIA, and Reed Construction Data.
by Rocco Francica, BuildingBlok The construction industry is very fragmented, and as such, the technology adoption lifecycle for construction management tends to lag that of operations in other industries. The need for new technologies is obvious. Paper, Excel and Project get the job done, but they do not form an
Without BuildingBlok… We get inundated with project related documents such as RFIs. It becomes quite difficult to keep track of such a large volume of documents, especially since we are forced to handle paper, send faxes, constantly update excel logs, and send multiple emails for each document. RFI related correspondance
Manage the lifecycle of your project, starting with the bidding phase. - Quickly and easily create your bids! - Organize bid details, send invitations to bid and addenda, and allow subcontractors to directly upload proposals - Subcontractors receive customized access to project details and files - Monitor when subcontractors receive,
Justin Nolan tops entrepreneur list! [http://www.firststateinnovation.org/entrepreneurs/featured-archive] “Justin Nolan is the Founder and CEO of BuildingBlok, a cloud-based construction management and communications software platform. BuildingBlok increases transparency and accountability for all parties involved in residential, commercial and industrial construction projects. It also reduces mistakes and related
See how mobile technology can positively impact your organization! [http://www.eweek.com/small-business/mobile-technology-positively-impacts-manufacturing-construction/] BuildingBlok’s mobile application for construction management can help!