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Six Pitfalls of Excel in Commercial Real Estate Cost Tracking

By some estimates, more than 1.2 billion users, including most of the real estate industry, rely upon Microsoft Excel. While Excel is a powerful commercial tool for statistical, engineering, and financial data tracking and analysis, the software was not designed primarily for use as a collaborative platform—an environment in which the commercial real estate and construction industries thrive.

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Investing in Construction Technology: What You Need to Know

The majority of project teams on site today still utilize outdated processes—even though there are plenty of technology solutions available to automate them and vastly improve the workload. The reasons for this lagging adoption vary, but the reluctance to embrace 21st-century solutions often stems from a lack of IT resources.

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Smart Highways are Paving a Road to the Future

With all of those smarts on board in today’s cars, it stands to reason that the roads upon which they drive should also be updated. We’re already seeing crews being tasked with baking in sensors and other cutting-edge technologies into roadways.

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How Smart Systems are Shaping the Future of Building Design

Architects and building designers have taken the notion that sometimes it takes a high-tech solution to achieve high yields on board and have developed this ideology into building intelligence (BI). However, BI isn’t just about maintaining the right environment for human users. BI plays a wider role in maintaining the right conditions for the building itself and the external environment. 

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Real Time Location Sensors Gives Managers the Whole Picture

Construction projects have a lot of moving parts. Everything from materials being hauled around, to the trucks doing the hauling, to the workers driving the trucks are frequently in motion. Multiply that by the number of active jobsites, and the sheer volume of assets needing to be kept track of soars to dizzying heights.

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What Technology Providers Need to Understand about Construction

Construction is necessarily a cautious and conservative industry. It designs, delivers, and maintains facilities upon which lives often depend. So, the logic suggests, its businesses and people must take a responsible and pragmatic approach to the risks involved (though there are some commentators who say it is damagingly over-conservative).

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Getting On Board With Construction Technology Initiatives

Every week it seems a new “game-changing” product or idea comes along that promises to change the world forever, and sometimes actually does. That’s how technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud computing, autonomous machinery, advanced data analytics, drones, and many others have found a permanent home with construction and engineering firms around the globe.

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Best Practices 101: Ask the Right Questions

Do you ever feel like you’re on a treadmill, running after every new thing that comes along in your search for business and project answers? To break free, you need a strategy based on asking the right questions. And, for construction businesses that require seeing your company for what it really is.

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Technology: The Third Era of Construction

Do more with less. It’s a common mantra in almost every industry. On the surface, one might think it implies more work and longer hours for employees. Perhaps a more apropos adage is, “work smarter, not harder.” Athena Chiera, VP Business Development, Athena Engineering, and Mike Winters, EVP & CIO, Modern Niagra, believe we can achieve this through technology. 

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