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LatestPosted January, 2017

Big Budget Buildings: 10 Construction Projects That Broke the Bank

Over recent years the US AEC sector has grown substantially. Economically, the sector is buoyant and job creation throughout the industry has been high. The construction industry has benefitted from strong policy decisions and science and technology have been high on the political agenda.  A prime example of sector growth is Chicago where new construction increased by more than 20 percent in 2016. Luxury residential and commercial property, together with a plethora of entertainment

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3D Modeling, BIM, CAD, Technology - April, 2016

Mixed Reality for the AEC Industry

Extending Trimble’s Product Capabilities with Microsoft HoloLens Mixed Reality technology blends real world objects with digital content, interactively, and in real time. It helps users efficiently interpret physical and digital information, and the spatial relations between them. This article describes the benefits of integrating Microsoft HoloLens’ Mixed Reality technology with Trimble products, during key stages of the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) workflow.

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Estimating - March, 2016

Vertical Takeoff with AutoBid Mechanical

In this video Trimble MEP Sales Engineer David Teague, walks us through Vertical Takeoff in OnScreen View with AutoBid Mechanical. The video covers how to add items to a vertical run, branch from a vertical run, how to change elevation.

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Operations Management, Technology - February, 2016

The Top 5 Features of a Technology-Enabled Tool Management Solution

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Estimating, Operations Management, Project Management - October, 2015

Improving Change Order Approval and Acceptance

It’s no mystery to any Electrical or other specialty trade contractor that submitting Change Orders for acceptance and prompt payment can be a significant challenge and can negatively impact your profitably on a project. Recently, after publishing a report on Change Orders, a number of subcontractor associations have started promoting to the construction industry a set of Change Order standards that may help the submittal and approval process. While this is not a magic bullet set of

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Operations Management - March, 2015

The Mission-Critical Role of Capital Asset Management

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Estimating, Project Management - June, 2014

Change Order Protocol - Revisited

In keeping with our theme of managing Change Orders in your business we wanted to bring back one of our more popular Trimble Extensions articles, written by Giovanni Marcelli, detailing the Change Order Protocol.  This is the first in a three part series focusing on this topic and at the conclusion of this article you will find the links to the other two articles. Introduction Changes in the scope of work on a project have become an inevitable part of the construction process. The

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