ConstructionPro Week, Volume: 5 - Issue: 48 - 12/16/2016

Construction Blog Highlights

On a regular basis, we highlight content posted on other blogs that we feel would benefit our readers.  This week's blog highlights include:


Top 3 Contractor Technology Challenges Hindering Project Performance

Aconex, an international construction software vendor founded in Australia, provided some interesting statistics in a recent post at the Aconex Blog site.  For example, on commercial and residential construction projects in the $50-200M range, it was determined that an average of 729 people collaborated across 142 organizations with 720K emails exchanged, and 1.8M actions taken across RFIs, change orders and other processes.  The post went on to discuss contractor technology maturity to address these issues.  The study found the top three challenges facing contractor are:


  • Maintaining secure, formal records of all project communications
  • Setting up software to match processes
  • Managing and reporting performance across a portfolio of projects. 


Click here to read the complete post.


Technology: Keys to Workforce Development and Safety Training

Recognizing that technology provides access to vast information sources to aid decision making on the job, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) sees technology as key to workforce development and safety training.  Cameron Strother, writing in NCCER"s Breaking Ground blog sees a shift in how training is delivered.  Since those entering the workforce in the recent past and going forward are technology savvy, it makes sense to tailor training to methods they are accustomed to, including mobile apps, interactive PowerPoint presentations and YouTube videos.  Check Cameron's blog here and then go on to read the full article at NCCER's Cornerstone magazine.


2016 Construction Technology Report
JB Knowledge has released the results of its annual construction technology survey for 2016.  The purpose of the report is to encourage more technology development and use, as well as to show providers the opportunities and weaknesses of existing solutions.  The survey confirms the increased use and importance of mobile applications, for example.  One surprising result observed by the authors is that using a manual process for invitations to bid grew again in 2016.  Check out the blog post here, or download the 82-page report from the JB Knowledge website.




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