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.
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,
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.
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.
Level of Detail and Model Progression Specification
Three-dimensional modeling is becoming more common in today’s construction processes. While models are easy to create, the question which should be asked is; what is the 3D model good for? Is it just a pretty picture or can it actually be fabricated and constructed? Level of Detail (LOD) is what we will explore for this article and how it has helped answer these questions.
Change orders are a part of all projects, and the way in which they are managed can determine the overall profitability on a job. When creating and managing change orders in Trimble® Accubid Enterprise, there are a few key steps that you must follow.
In the last 2 months, Extensions introduced a change order protocol that I had the opportunity to draft with the Toronto Trade Association Standard Practice Committee, along with a taskforce made up of electrical, mechanical and sheet metal Contractors, as well as engineers, general contractors and owners/representatives. This protocol is a shift in thinking across these industries and promises to have significant impact going forward.
Have you noticed in the AEC industry that a lot of interest has been generated around laser scanning? The reason for this is that scanning provides a fast and accurate way to collect large amounts of measurement data to be used in both the design and construction process.
For every project, job costing starts at the estimate. Using the Integrator utility, you can easily transfer data from your Accubid Estimating program to the ConstructJob project management system. We will walk through this process which involves the following 5 steps: