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BIM, CAD, Operations Management, Project Management, Technology - 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. 

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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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Operations Management, Technology - February, 2016

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

Every contractor knows that tool mismanagement—whether from tool loss, hoarding or breakage—can impact the efficiency and productivity of the business. One of the principle causes of tool mismanagement is a lack of accountability. It’s not easy to keep track of every hammer, drill and grinder that goes in and out of a warehouse on any given day, particularly when these assets number in the thousands.  Added to this complication, crews develop favorite pieces of equipment that don’t get returned

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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 standards,

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Operations Management - March, 2015

The Mission-Critical Role of Capital Asset Management

For many businesses operating in the construction industry today, much of their work relies on the operation of capital assets, such as Generators, Chillers, Transformers, etc. These types of equipment contribute to the business's ability to properly run and generate profit. It is therefore a major requirement that they remain in operation at all times because if a piece of machinery is down, the detrimental effect on the business is loss of work and, ultimately, income.

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Estimating - June, 2014

Wow, if I do this just one time…

Once a project has been awarded, one of the first tasks for the Project Manager is to set up the basic framework or templates for managing any changes that may occur during the project. Whether you are using Trimble Accubid Classic ChangeOrder or Trimble Accubid Enterprise Change Management just a few preliminary steps can make the management of your Change Estimates (PCO) and Change Orders (CO) easier.

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Project Management - June, 2014

Managing Change Orders is Critical to your Success

Like National Geographic there are some topics worth revisiting every couple of years.  Discussing the importance of managing change orders is definitely in that category.  Estimating a job properly is very important, but managing a project and properly documenting changes is absolutely critical to a company’s overall success.

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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

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3D Modeling, BIM, CAD, Scanning - January, 2014

Creating a 3D CAD Model from a Laser Scanned Point Cloud (Overview)

“How do I create a 3D Model with a 3D Laser Scanner?”

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Estimating - January, 2014

Innovation in Estimating, Part 2 – Strut Clamps

In my last article – Innovation in Estimating - I promised to show how to add strut clamps to your “Automatics” option for Auto Hangers in Trimble Accubid Enterprise. The point was to create a trapeze path calculating the quantity of parts, cost, and labor.

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Estimating, Takeoffs - January, 2014

Data Service Providers: Why You Need One

Many factors are taken into account when deciding who wins a bid – the contractor’s reputation for quality and whether or not they finish on schedule is important, but material and labor cost are perhaps the most definitive factor when it comes to choosing a winner.  Despite that, many contractors enter pricing, and other product data manually even though they have access to services that would make the process not only faster, but more accurate.

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3D Modeling, BIM, CAD, Operations Management, Technology - September, 2013

Using a BIM Service to Improve Your Bottom Line

BIM is a word or label that has become commonplace in our industry, and the processes and practices that make up BIM are changing the way MEP contractors do business. We are all aware that BIM makes a project more efficient and cost effective, but adopting BIM also has costs to the contractor.

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