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How Small Earthworks Contractors Can Use Machine Control to Increase Profitability


Machine control is a substantial investment, especially for small earthworks and site prep contractors. But the payoffs for those who make the leap can be considerable. Here, we take a closer look at a few small earthworks contractors that implemented machine control and increased their profits.

5 Ways BIM Can Lower Costs, Speed Production and Delight Home Buyers


Homebuilders are increasingly adopting building information modeling (BIM) for use in their design and planning processes. BIM has many benefits for both homebuilders and buyers. Here are 5 best practices for using BIM to improve the custom homebuilding experience.

Construction Estimating Software UserView | 2013

Construction Estimating Software UserView 2013

We surveyed the construction industry to better understand the use and effectiveness of construction estimating software. Our report compares the effectiveness of estimating with spreadsheets against estimating projects with construction estimating software. Check out the full report for details.

The 5 Best Designs in Construction Takeoff Software

Conest Takeoff for Electrical Requirements

On-screen takeoff software can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to calculate materials and labor requirements. To efficiently calculate project needs with digital files, however, contractors need a takeoff program with a well-structured user interface (UI). Here are our five favorite construction takeoff UIs.

Why You Should Ask Your Contractor What Project Management Tool They Use

Contractors reviewing plans

There are many different criteria you can use to vet a contractor for a project, such as asking for customer references and checking their history with the Better Business Bureau. However, there’s another measure you can use: asking contractors what type of construction project management tool they use.

Construction Project Management Software UserView | 2013

Project Management Success

For two months we surveyed the construction industry to create our 2013 Construction Project Management UserView. Our report discovered that construction project management software users are more satisfied with their system and deliver more projects on time and on budget than their peers.

Software Advice 2013 Construction Project Management Survey

Construction Project Management Survey

Last year, we surveyed contractors, estimators, building owners and others about their estimating processes and the technologies they use to improve them. To start 2013, we’d like to know about your construction project management best practices. Help us development an industry benchmark report by filling out this survey.

BIM + Project Management Software: The Next Generation of LEED Credit Tracking

LEED Tracking

In 2009, we published an article on how to track LEED credits with project management software. Back then, tracking LEED credits was a new feature in general construction project management systems. Today, there are now software solutions designed specifically to help construction firms track their LEED credits.

Should You Build or Should You Go? The Best States for a Construction Job

State Construction Employment Change

Finding a construction job may be getting easier. A June 2012 report by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) identified 20 states that are adding construction jobs. To help individuals understand what kinds of jobs are being created, I recently caught up with Ken Simonson, Chief Economist at AGC.

2012 Construction Estimating Benchmark Report

Construction Estimating Software Benefits

Over the last few months we have polled contractors, estimators, building owners and many others about their estimating processes. Here, in our first Construction Estimating Benchmark Report, we share our findings. These benchmarks allow you to compare your estimating processes against industry standards.

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