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3D Modeling, BIM, CAD, Estimating, Technology - July, 2017

10 Innovations That Have Revolutionized Construction

It has been about two and a half million years since the Stone Ages, when people inhabited caves and relied on tools made of various types of stone. Throughout the evolution of humankind, we’ve witnessed remarkable feats in the world of building innovation – and we’d argue the highlights of the construction revolution have occurred within the past 40 years.

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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 Tool and Asset 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, 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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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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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, 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, Project Management, Scanning, Technology - September, 2013

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.

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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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Technology - June, 2013

Software Implementation – What’s the “Best” Way?

Throughout my years working with software clients, I have been exposed to numerous approaches and mindsets when it comes to estimating projects. Some clients are very exacting and detail oriented – some might say obsessively so. Others are much more fluid and loose –some might argue to the point of recklessness. . Most clients fit somewhere in between these two extremes.

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