eSUB Exhibiting At 2013 CFMA Conference
eSUB Exhibiting At 2013 CFMA Conference
For 31 years the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) conference has been the place to be for construction industry professionals who are interested in improving their skills, teamwork, collaboration and staying on the cutting edge of the latest construction industry technology.
What To Expect From The 2013 CFMA Conference
The 2013 CFMA Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held in San Diego and it will be another opportunity for construction industry professionals from across the country to gather and enjoy excellent networking opportunities; eSUB is proud to announce that we will be one of the exhibitors, our booth number is 504, we look forward to seeing you at this event.
Who Will Be Attending?
Besides being an excellent opportunity for construction industry professionals, the 2013 CFMA conference will also have other attendees including financial service professionals, attorney’s, underwriters, construction CPA’s, CFO’s and also controllers.
This year there will be 10 hours that will be focused on just the exhibition alone and three networking events which will give the 60 exhibitors and attendees plenty of time to network and talk about the latest construction industry products, services and solutions, like eSUB, that are positively changing the face of the construction industry.
Networking won’t just be the primary benefit of attending the 2013 CFMA conference, there will also be plenty of education opportunities as well including: Four General Sessions, Five Mini Conferences, Seven Dawn Peer Groups, 34 Breakout Sessions and Seven Tracks Designed For Focused Learning
Best of all, attending these events is also good for up to 7 hours of insurance CE credits and up to 33 hours of CPE credits too!
Notable Speakers At CFMA Conference 2013
If you’re still “sitting on the fence” and haven’t decided to attend this year’s 2013 CFMA conference, you won’t want to miss some notable presenters including: John Linkner, Anirban Basu, Brantley Barrow, Jeffrey Platt, Michael Re and Rob Waldman.
To learn more about the 2013 CFMA Conference please leave us a comment below, don’t forget to visit us at booth 504, or to start a free trial of eSUB, please click here.
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Contractor News – 88% of Spreadsheets Have Errors
Since its first release in the early 1990’s, Microsoft Excel has been one of the main tools of choice for construction contractors across the United States but, the “ugly truth” about Excel is that it’s also been responsible for bad math on construction projects.
No Longer Universally Loved
Back in the early 2000’s, Excel was still universally loved by construction contractors because, it enabled them to do the same math or number crunching that they would previously send to their accountants, or statisticians, but times have changed.
Thanks to a recent report by Ray Panko, a respected IT management professor at University of Hawaii, we know that almost 90% of Excel spreadsheets have one or more errors on them and that’s a scary thought for construction contractors who rely heavily on the accuracy of their data.
For Ray Panko, the inaccuracy of Excel spreadsheet data is something that he wants every Excel user to know about especially if they are working on huge spreadsheets that contain tens of thousands of formulas because, those spreadsheets will have errors.
Europe Taking a Stand Against Spreadsheet Errors
In Europe, construction contractors, accountants, business owners and families that use Microsoft Excel are finally getting advocates to handle spreadsheet errors thanks to the European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group, but this group only represents a very small percentage of total Excel users since there are almost 1 billion people who use Microsoft Office and that number is growing daily.
For Harvard economists like Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart, spreadsheet errors can’t be shrugged off, because spreadsheet errors can also be responsible for questionable global fiscal policies and bad business decisions that will send more businesses into bankruptcy in 2013.
What’s Being Done in the USA To Stop Spreadsheet Errors?
Sadly, spreadsheet errors are a “new problem” that Microsoft and spreadsheet creators around the world are only now starting to develop certification programs and peer review groups to ensure that spreadsheets are being accurately created and used correctly.
Until more is done to stop Excel spreadsheet errors, top IT minds like Ray Panko encourage Excel users to take another look at their spreadsheets, before their data is relied on. A typical Excel user can press Ctrl + [ on a formula, to show what cells are feeding into their total or utilize XLtest to insure that there aren’t any flaws on their spreadsheets.
To learn more about Excel spreadsheet errors or to get started with a free trial of eSUB’s cloud based, project management platform for subcontractors, click here or call us today at: (800) 493-3782
eSUB Awarded "Top Product" by Constructech
eSUB offers a solution for tech-savy subs in the cloud. The "cloud" capabilities combined with its focus on the speciality contractor market, are what makes this project management software stand out. This is one of the reasons Constructech editor's selected the product: it is a cloud-based solution designed specifically for subcontractors to manage documents, bids, emails, deadlines, timecards, and other functions from any device. eSUB's project management software also integrates with many third party accounting software to eliminate duplicate data entry and is also gaining momentum with subs moving toward managing projects via mobile devices.
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Are You Ahead of the Curve? Already Implemented the Latest Technology
Technology moves fast, especially with more devices and services to streamline your work. But whats the catch? Just because new technology is out there doesn't mean that it's right for every contractor or that every contractor is ready to use it. Are you ahead of the curve? Many believe that by just simply purchasing the latest and greatest technology it will immediately solve their problems in the workplace, this rarely happens. Contractors must approach these new and innovative solutions with a goal and plan to achieve the desired result.
Software as a Service (SaaS) and Mobile Solutions are the most prominent technologies in the construction industry spotlight. Both offer ways to increase efficiency and will give subcontractors tools to run their businesses better.
Software as a Service or SaaS is a pay as you go subscription based technology for subcontractors to securely use the solution from any location or device that is internet capable. eSUB Construction Software is a great example of a SaaS based technology. With solution such as eSUB, it immediately gives the subcontractors an ROI because there is no need to invest in expensive equipment to operate it and the applications are accessed through the browser of any device with internet access. In addition the software is regularly updated and offer improved data encryption and security to protect your most valuable data.
With Project Managers and Foreman constantly out in the field performing and tracking labor, having a cloud based solution is a great way to link field activities to the home office.
Mobile Solutions allow contractors to quickly access and submit data from a mobile device in the field directly to a database that updates in real time with the home office, thus eliminating the risk of errors from manual entry. A solution such as this provides tremendous flexibility, allowing employees to be more productive out of their office and after work hours. Mobile Solutions help bridge communication between the field and the office to keep everyone on the same page and streamlined so that nothing slips through the cracks.
With eSUB you get the best of both worlds, a cloud based solution, along with the capability for use on any mobile device. A variety of applications within eSUB are available for use via smartphones, tablets, and other internet capable devices.
- Field Timecard Entry
- Project Management
- Change Orders
- Daily Reports
- Email Integration
Is Cloud Computing Transforming Construction Jobsites?
In today's world mobile devices are everywhere, and they are now powerful enough to make the jobs of construction management easier. Technology in the field has transformed everything from project management, to delivery. It is making it easier for the executives to monitor all aspects of construction on their remote jobsites from their office or home. Owners and Project Managers can stay on top of construction without picking up the phone or sending countless emails. Handing off documents is faster and easier than ever with everyone on the same page and nothing slipping through the cracks.
Cloud computing is starting to play a larger role within the industry. With the use of the "cloud," service providers use the internet to offer on-demand access to countless field updates and changes. This enables information sharing with the whole project team. Specialty Contractors can access real time project information by logging into a secure company portal and then manage projects via any device and from any location.
What are the leading contributors to a construction's site success? Quality, safety, cost and schedule. Mobile devices such as Smartphones, tablets and iPads, in conjunction with cloud based project management solutions provide executives with a communication tool to proactively manage costs, as well as deadlines and deliverables. There is one aspect that has been missing until now-particiapation from the field. Attempts to get field information into a working system for tracking activities resulted in inefficient manual processes such as paper checklists, and managing by memory or disjointed email strings. Project Managers wasted countless hours attempting to update complicated excel spreadsheets and tracking down information needed to address issues. With cloud based project management, these manual tracking procedures are automated and accessible so that field personnel can update issues from the field while other team members provide support from the home office.
A huge contrast to traditional processes, cloud based project management provides a very proactive and efficient way to manage your jobsites. Team members can bring their iPads, Smartphones or any other mobile device to jobsites and complete checklists,update daily logs, conduct inspections, spot issues, manage photos, submit change orders and document other processes as needed. Project Managers can spend more time ensuring the work is completed correctly and less time entering data at the jobsite trailer. This instant link to the field also allows problems to be solved more efficiently. Project Managers or other field personnel can document issues with their mobile devices- pinpointing the exact location while attaching photographs and routing the problem to the correct people. This all allows the issue to be fixed quickly and thoroughly the first time.
All of this benefits the home office where management can track real time progress using an executive dashboard for complete transparency on project status. With customized form templates and workflow procedures established, all projects are managed in a standardized fashion company wide.
When comparing paper-based tracking procedures with cloud based project management- which can increase your operational efficiencies by over 50 percent- Specialty Contractors are taking a hard look at changing the ways they've managed jobs from the field and are seeing dramatic results- significant return on investment and increased ability to manage the quality on all their jobsites. Specialty Contractors are rapidly embracing a cloud based project management solution to stay ahead of the curve and level the playing field with their competitors who have already implemented these solutions.
What could make Project Management better?
When it comes to project management and the ability to link the field to the office, mobile devices combined with cloud based technology are changing the face of construction. Is there a solution that focuses on the unique day to day challenges of project management at the subcontractor level? Constructech Magazine seems to think that there is. It was officially announced yesterday that eSUB and Viewpoint Construction Software joined forces as development partners in the project management space.
eSUB provides a cloud based solution designed specifically for subcontractors to manage documents, bids, emails, deadlines, timecards, and other functions from any device. eSUB also integrates with many third-party accounting software systems to eliminate duplicate data entry. With more subs moving toward an integrative strategy with mobile devices, eSUB is gaining traction as a valuable communication tool linking the field and the office. New features within our software include: two way project-specific and document-specific email integration; automatic email and text message reminders; and integration with Outlook, Gyoure tooogle, and iCal. The cross-browser compatibility enables subs to manage from any browser using any device.
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Top Products from CES (Consumer Electronics Show) for Construction
Las Vegas' recently wrapped Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn't just for your typical electronics geeks anymore. Lets face it, electronics are taking over every industry, including construction, where foremen are now carrying the latest mobile device gadgets to communicate what's happening in the field back to the home office. eSUB recently took a trip to Las Vegas to cover the Consumer Electronics Show and brought back the Top Products from CES for Construction. Here are some great new and innovative products that we came back with to showcase for you all:
- Windows 8 Tablets and Convertibles
Panasonic ToughBooks have been around for years. The next generation ToughPads are highly sophisticated in their design and also functionality. These are great, rugged enterprise grade tablets made for the mobile worker. They are now made with increased durability to withstand extreme drops, dust, water, and freezing temperatures, which is great for the construction work environment. Panasonic ToughBook comes in 3 versions- 2 Android models and a Windows 8 model. Any of these perform great for a Project Manager and Foreman in the field.
Convertibles and laptops have never been as efficient in the construction workspace until now with the release of Windows 8. Previously, software was hard to use and most products were bulky. But now with the innovation of touch screen capabilities, it's going to take project management in the field to a whole new level. The featured product that we saw at CES was the Dell XPS12, which has a screen that opens like a traditional laptop. But then the screen also rotates via a swivel on the lid, which converts the whole laptop into a tablet. This functionality provides more flexibility to project managers who routinely travel from their office to the job site and fine themselves needing to update conditions from the field in real time. Multi-touch and multi-application run capabilities will make products like eSUB's Cloud Based Construction Software easier to use on a day to day basis on site. Windows 8 is helping to bring all your enterprise software into one product.
- OtterBox - Waterproof Armor Series
OtterBox has been the definition of rugged cases for iOS devices for years, but a waterproof case has been missing from their arsenal until this release. This case is nearly bullet proof, which is great for everyone on the ground level of construction sites. It can withstand drops upwards of 10 feet without the slightest damage to your device. A built in screen protector will also protect the screen from any damage, but the durability doesn't stop there. You can submerge your device in up to 6 feet of water for 30 minutes without causing any damage. For anyone on a construction site day to day, $99.95 is a great investment to protect your device from looming hazards.
- Parrot AR Drone
Some of you may have heard of Parrot company before, but they have taken things to a different level with the release of their Parrot AR Drone 2.0. Ask yourself this question, while on a construction site do you want to see the progress of a certain area that you just can't get to it easily? Or you don't want to disrupt the workers on the site? Well, those days are officially over. The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 come equipped with 2 HD 720p cameras to capture images from all angles. To control this camera-equipped helicopter, simply use your handheld device. While you are controlling the helicopter, you are also viewing the live feed of your flight. From there you can record pictures, nav data, videos, and upload them instantly from the controlling application. Questions about whats going on at a certain area of your construction site at any given time are now over thanks to live streaming video captured from your personal construction site spy drone!
- Armortech Screen Protector
Looking for a way to protect your device but do not like the bulkiness of a case? Well this product is just for you. Armortech Protector provides protection in extreme conditions. At CES they were dropping hammers right on the front screen of an iPhone without leaving a scratch on it. Now that's the durability that any construction worker is looking for. Work worry free knowing that no objects will scratch or destroy your phone, not even a hammer or nails!
The Consumer Electronics Show 2013 was a huge success. We at eSUB toyed with a lot of new innovative products that can be used in the field, not just as the latest "wow" factor, but also to make your job safer and easier.
Construction Industry Growth Indicates 30,000 New Jobs in December
The nation’s construction industry has recently seen a growth of 30,000 jobs in December, despite an overall increase in the industry's unemployment rate. This would account for the fastest pace of construction employment growth since February 2011.
While most people don’t know; construction employment has been on the rise of 3 percent or 18,000 jobs year after year. Yes, the unemployment rate for December was 13.5 percent, but this is a vast improvement from 16 percent the same time last year.
Non-residential building construction has been on the rise adding over 7,000 jobs in December for a total of over 12,000 jobs added during 2012. Of those 7,000 new jobs non-residential subcontractors gained 5,600 jobs in December, but lost about 25,000 jobs, compared to a year ago. Residential hasn’t had that much of an impact but none the less added 5,800 jobs for the month of December.
Nationwide job growth has increased 155,000 across all industries, with this the private sector having expanded by 168,000 jobs and the public sector shrinking by 13,000. The national unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent in December; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ survey.
With all of this comes great news for specialty contractors of all trades- the largest single monthly increase in construction employment in over two years.
“It is conceivable that a significant share of the growth in construction employment in December came in reaction to Hurricane Sandy and the commencement of rebuilding in New York, New Jersey and other affected communities,” Anirban Basu of ABC.org said. With additional relief monies expected to pour into those communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, further construction growth is expected.
With the start of the New Year we are all optimistic in seeing our industry turn around and an increase of new jobs. We are seeing positive trends in all sectors of construction; let all of our New Year's resolutions be that we see another 30,000 jobs in January 2013. For Full Article, Click here
Two Way Email Integration
eSUB's email integration just got better. Now, whenever you send a document out of eSUB - Submittal, RFI, Change Order, Purchase Order, etc —all replies back and forth are stored in the Log with your original document. Just click on the email icon in every Log and see a complete history of email correspondence from all parties. We also store all attachments for easy access. With your new “project inbox” you’ll also see a copy of all project specific emails.
But what about random emails? Forward any email to your eSUB account and it will be linked. Now, spend less time tracking document updates from multiple Inboxes, and more time managing your projects from the field. Schedule a demonstration of the new email integration.
eSUB Presents: U.S. Markets Construction Overview 2013 (FMI Consulting)
In the aftermath of an economic downturn, construction is one of many industries that are slowly recovering. However, the nature of business today is unprecedented and forcing companies to adapt quickly.
The 2013 U.S. Markets Construction Overview by FMI Corporation offers an in-depth look at specific issues of contemporary subcontractors including: Managing General Contractor relationships, Surviving in a Buyer's Market, Adjusting to prefabrication, and Staff Maintenance. In this whitepaper, various FMI Consulting authors and representatives discuss impressions of the construction industry, the stakeholder trends that have formed, and take a closer look at where the trends are headed in both residential and non-residential arenas.
Using the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics, this overview provides over 40 graphical representations that portray current and predicted figures relevant to specialty trade contractors in the United States. Solving the economic predicaments of today is a complicated task, but re-educating ourselves and redefining the subcontractor within the context of today’s political and economic climate are two ways we can progress. We are thankful for FMI's dedication to understanding the construction industry including the time and effort to make this 75-page whitepaper available. Click Download below for your free copy! ($135.00 value)
eSUB joins Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
eSUB is pleased to announce its membership in the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). Since 1981, CFMA has cultivated a close niche community of subcontractors, construction managers, architects, developers, engineers, suppliers, and consultants who are concerned with bettering the bottom line for their organizations by exchanging new innovations and ideas in construction accounting. CFMA membership will allow eSUB to continue to expand its foray into construction accounting practices by continuing to integrate accounting software packages with eSUB’s award winning cloud based project management.
Mobile technology devices are making it easy for field personnel to enter crucial information from the field into eSUB. That information can then be shared with accounting so that everyone is on the same page and nothing slips through the cracks. “We’re pleased to further this integration of information into accounting and to work closely with CFMA members to help guide us in the continuing process,” said Wendy Rogers, President of eSUB.
Together, eSUB and other CFMA members look to the future in assisting the overall success and interchangeability of construction software platforms. CFMA's connections to construction professionals allows for progressive brainstorming and a unique environment that promotes best practice project management and accounting. For more information on the CFMA and our involvement with other construction associations visit our partnership page.
eSUB Presents: How Strategic Awareness Influences Success FMI Whitepaper
A true professional project manager understands the importance of team alignment. Whether it’s in a sporting event or construction job site, a team with a thorough understanding of the desired outcome is more likely to achieve success. This sort of discipline means practicing coordination through excellent communication, both in person and otherwise. With a shared vision, company goals are more easily met. This could equate to budgeting limitations, completion deadlines, or even just customer satisfaction.
Implementing such a strategy means taking the next step towards your company’s overall aspirations. We are offering this free whitepaper article in conjunction with FMI Consulting which discusses the necessary changes that you and your team can use to figure out what works for you. Often times, the solution to many of your problems can be to synchronize your day to day operations through specialized project management software. Click below for more information
- How_Strategic_Awareness_Influences_Success_FMI_eSUB.pdf (376 download)
Construction Software Industry Experiencing New Trend
As the construction industry increases its dependence on software, there appears to be a new trend forming: universal integration of software from all providers. With a standardized data format, the entire construction industry would be capable of sharing information without any issues. The leading organization behind this movement, Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA), seeks to unite the software providers into one group. COSA’s “goal is to allow the end user to select the software that works best for them”.
Alongside CloudTakeoff and SmartBidNet, eSUB has joined other members in this initiative to change the software industry. In a recent aricle CEO of Barryhund Administrators said the “collaboration effort has parallels in other industries, but is an important and unprecedented step forward in construction. If the alliance is successful, it could help boost adoption of technology solutions in an industry that is not only willing, but eager to address the challenges of today’s marketplace”. Read more from the Constructech article
eSUB Construction Software to Make Appearance at NECA 2012 Las Vegas (Free Admission Promo Code)
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) will host its annual Show later this month at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas! The NECA convention will take place September 29-October 2012. NECA 2012 is an opportunity for everyone in construction to make personal connections with some of the industry's leaders including software providers. According to the Harvard Business Review, "95% of business executives feel that a face-to-face meetings are required to successfully build and maintain long-lasting relationships". With over 275 vendors, including eSUB construction software, there hasn't been a better time to meet manufacturers, utility providers, inventors, distributors, consultants, and even engineers that contribute to the success of electrical contractors nationwide.
This year, we are able to offer our website visitors a free admission promotional code which waives the entrance fee to the Trade Show! That's right, download the voucher below and use the NECA 2012 promo code for your FREE entrance!! For more information on the NECA 2012 Show. We will be in booth # 1149, we hope to see you there!
- NECAcoupon.pdf (260 download)
Project Management Software Receives International Acclaim
While project management software, more specifically cloud-based software, has been on the rise throughout the last 10 years there are still large organizations that are discovering its potential. With a predicted 4.3 trillion dollars being spread across the MENA region, international contractors will look to project management software to assist in tracking the complexities of their construction projects. Dr. Sherif Hashem of KBR Program Management Consultants reports that in preparation for construction booms, “organisations will need to have rigorous systems and policies in place to manage growth in a controlled manner to ensure optimal, well-balanced capacity as the workload increases.”
Staying technologically relevant is crucial in today’s workplace. In some instances, it means having a project done this year or next. eSUB Construction Software uses the same modern IT infrastructure which Hashem reports as “having a competitive edge and being up to speed in an ever-changing technology-driven” industry. With this type of accessibility, through cloud computing, the optimization of work output increases dramatically.
Of course, modern documentation techniques have other traits deserving recognition. Dr. Hashem explains, “Seeing tons of construction-related paperwork ( RFI, Drawings, Submittals, letters, etc.) flowing between offices and construction sites is not acceptable” and is “perceived by many as a sign of incompetence.” With so much pressure on lessening our carbon footprints, the integration of project management software is inevitable. Read more about the international impact that construction software programs like eSUB will be a having on the world’s project management endeavors.
Project Management In the 1960s, Then and Now: Life Without Cloud Software Part 3: Cloud Computing
Every once in a while we are reminded that how fortunate we are to we are to have cloud-based software. In construction especially, projects can become disorienting (not to mention costly) when people are not on the same page. With cloud computing everyone can access important project documentation and everyone gets paid properly in the end. So if its been a while, let us remind you what project management looked like before cloud software was conceived.
eSUB project management software helps to initiate Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA)
Construction software providers constantly search for ways to satisfy the end-user of its products and services. At eSUB we understand this more than most, having curtailed our software based on the needs of subcontractors. In order to maintain fluid accessibility across multiple platforms, eSUB has become a founding member of the Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA). This collaborative effort looks to standardize the software associated with all aspects of construction and project management. COSA’s main goal is to produce an "efficient [platform] for the end user to operate multiple applications" seamlessly. Some other partners include Cloud Takeoff, NOTEVAULT and SmartBidNet. The 2012 Construction Technology Integration Report lead to the urgency of COSA’s development. James Benham gave the keynote address at the AGC IT Forum in Chicago yesterday on the need for open integration between construction software providers. Read more about the changes taking place in construction software at the official COSA website.
Project Management In the 1960s, Then and Now: Life Without Cloud Software Part 2: Change Order Negotiations
Change order management can be difficult, especially on commercial construction projects. Today we are fortunate enough to have project management software which makes change order management tracking and closeout a simple task. In this second part of Project Management In the 1960's, Then and Now: Life Without Cloud Project Management Software, we take a closer look at what Change Order negations looked like without cloud-based software.
Best Practices Project Management for Construction Subcontractors Part 1 - FMI
In the current economic climate, there is no room for error. Project mismanagement can equate to small amounts of money lost, but can also prove to be costly. FMI management consulting reports that more than 70% of subcontractors can save more than 5% on labor costs with efficient management. In the same survey, more than 80% of contractors claimed to have a “tried-and-true company way of doing things”. This indicates that although contractors may be convinced that their current methods are sufficient, there is always room for increased efficiency. Many companies make the terrible mistake of falling behind by becoming comfortable in their ways without ever considering a self-evaluation of operations.
When it comes to operational discipline within a company, communication is essential. Functional communication tactics can expedite project completion and contribute to saving 5% of labor costs mentioned earlier. This increased profit margin leads to not only monetary gains for your company, but a priceless reputation increase from a timely performance. Every job is a test for the possibility of re-employment; it’s survival of the fittest. At the end of the day, investing in management or project management software like eSUB is actually an investment in your company’s future. For more information on FMI's management consulting or investment banking. Click below to download the White Paper:
eSUB Making Impact on Large-Scale Construction Projects Nationwide
eSUB is proud to say that we have clients from all over the country working on major projects from the Los Angeles Airport expansion to the reconstruction of the World Trade Center. Currently, we also have clients working on major construction projects like the Atlanta Airport expansion and the NYU Langone Medical Center. Large-scale, multimillion dollar projects likes these require, what can seem like endless amounts of paperwork from schematics and design plans to change orders and RFIs. More and more major contractors are finding that eSUB makes it easier to track all of this documentation and allows for better top-to-bottom communication so everyone can be on the same page. With eSUB’s cloud based technology, our clients are able to work more
efficiently, while ensuring that nothing will slip through the cracks.
The LAX construction project is a much-needed, large-scale expansion and renovation project mainly focusing on the airport’s international terminal, the Bradley terminal, built 27 years ago for the Summer Olympics. LAX is looking to spend at least $4 billion. $1.5 billion of that is to make the Los Angeles airport once again the top hub spot for international travelers.
At the Langone Medical Center in New York, there is a plan to build an 800,000 square foot pavilion that will house 365 patient beds, 30 procedure rooms, and public amenities. The Kimmel Pavilion will connect to the Tisch Hospital, which will be getting its own makeover in order create a seamless connection. This project will create an integrated health facility with one standard of care. A representative of the hospital’s Real Estate Development and Facilities department said, “The Kimmel Pavilion's use of public spaces will redefine the healthcare environment as we know it.” The first floor, for example, will have dining facilities, concierge services, and a family resource center. On patient floors, families will benefit from consultation rooms, respite areas, and accommodations for in-room overnight stays. The building will be "green" in every sense. On the seventh floor, a landscaped roof garden overlooking the East River will afford spectacular 360-degree views of the city. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013 and be completed by 2017. For information on eSUB's cloud based project management software.
Email, Text (SMS) and Integrated Calendar Reminders Keep Subcontractors Projects On Track
Distractions are inevitable; that’s the way construction works. Subcontractors understand how easy it is to lose track of time while managing several construction projects at once. This is why we incorporated email and text message (SMS) reminders into eSUB construction software.This feature allows multiple recipients to receive emails and/or text message reminders including a subject and note on any date. Once a reminder approaches, it will continue to attempt contact with its recipient until it is acknowledged with a confirmation. These reminders can also be exported to your calendar of choice: Apple's iCal, Microsoft Outlook, lotus notes, google calendar , Smart phones, iPads, tablets and more.
You don't always get paid for the work you do, you get paid for the work you document. Our email, text, and integrated calendar reminder feature is just one more way that eSUB construction project management software keeps your documentation in order, helping you get paid.
Project Management in the 1960s, a Three-Part Series
After stumbling across a a short 1960's short film dealing with the project management issues of the time period, we decided to share it with the construction industry. We've made a three-part series of short video clips, Project Management In the 1960's, Then and Now: Life Without Cloud Software, that highlights the type of problems we help solve everyday. Check out the first video in the series that addresses document management issues in the 1960's
One More Thing to Celebrate this Fourth of July, Construction Spending Up
As Independence Day approaches we prepare to celebrate the 236 years as an independent nation and what it means to be an American. However, In the midst of the fireworks this July 4th there is also something else which Americans have to celebrate: a steady increase in construction spending and surge in industry-related employment. The Commerce Department reported earlier this week that a recent rise in construction constitutes the largest in five months and is “the latest indication that the construction sector is slowly recovering”
In the United States, we hold sentimental value towards the ability to obtain home ownership along with its relationship to the American dream. With over 145,000 homes being built in May alone, there are slightly more opportunities for Americans to pursue their happiness (an increase from April home construction). The San Francisco chronicle also reports “the number of people who signed contracts to buy homes rose in May to match the fastest pace in two years”. And while we are still experiencing economic uncertainty, the housing markets steady health increase shines light for those American subcontractors who appreciate the freedoms granted by those who made the USA possible. Read more about the construction surge
Cloud Based Technology Identified As Having ‘Significant Potential’
Are you familiar with cloud based software? Instead of exchanging emails, searching for file folders, and calling for updates from the field, it allows you to manage your construction projects from any device including your Tablet, iPad or Smartphone. eSUB has been one of the early leaders in cloud computing, having developed its project management software for specialty contractors as a cloud based solution over a decade ago. Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company has identified cloud technology such as eSUB as being among the strongest trends in IT.
According to Gartner representative David Cearley, "Cloud computing is a major technology trend that has permeated the market over the last two years. It sets the stage for a new approach to IT that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they'll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models. Cloud computing has a significant potential impact on every aspect of IT and how users access applications, information and business services." eSUB’s technology is especially appealing for several reasons:
- Full access to all documents, logs and files
- Real-Time information sharing
- Accessibility from any location and any device
- Information security with multiple back-ups
- Unlimited storage and elimination of internal IT costs
“Cloud brokerage is expected to accelerate over the course of the next three years,” says Clearley. eSUB and a hand full of other service providers had the foresight to spot the benefit of the cloud 10 years before it took off. Now, as cloud computing dominates, eSUB has the distinction of providing a niche solution to specialty contractors that changes the way they manage their projects, and delivers instant communication and coordination of their entire teams.
Video: How to fix construction project management issues?
Cloud Computing: Restructuring Business and the Future
While it’s been around for quite some time, cloud-based software is beginning to really take off and gain recognition as a business catalyst. Google CIO, Ben Fried, recently acknowledged that cloud-based software and tools are starting to look less like a trend and more like an industry standard. This new wave of technology is empowering its users by enabling them to run their businesses at a much lower cost than ever before.
What does this mean for construction? As cloud-based software becomes the industry standard, more and more construction software will be available in the cloud with seamless integration. This means all of your software from different providers will integrate in the cloud. For example your estimating and bidding tools will link with your cloud based project management and accounting without any extra effort on your part. "Gone will be the days of double entry into multiple systems. Also by the wayside will be various departments working in silos, without the left hand knowing what the right hand is doing. There will be a seamless "passing of the baton" from one department to the next, and one software system to the other," says Wendy Rogers, President of eSUB.
According to Fried, the evolution of cloud technology is forcing companies to “reassess what their core business truly is, and where they want to invest their [saved] capital”. At eSUB, many of our customers choose our cloud-based project management software to save time and money. The future looks promising in the cloud and eSUB is looking forward to expanding its integration with more and more providers. Find out more about eSUB's Cloud based Project Management Software or Read the full Wall Street Journal Article here
Monumental 9/11 Construction Sheds Light On Subcontractor Dilemma
The men and women involved in the construction of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum deserve big thanks. Its completion date remains tentative as June or July 2013, with constant rescheduling forcing subcontractors to pause and resume their efforts. Their work is predicted to break architectural records in the United States as well as the world. Upon completion, the memorial itself will be officially recognized as the tallest building in the country and the third tallest in the world. It isn’t often an accomplishment of this caliber is achieved, so congratulations to every subcontractor involved.
However, the construction efforts surrounding the Memorial and the Museum have raised questions about the structures surrounding subcontractor payments. Until recently, the subcontractors involved at the site were owed over 50 million dollars. A pending negotiation with the Port Authority of New York and the Subcontractors Trade Association will begin to reimburse subcontractors for their work. Executive director of the Subcontractors Trade Association said “the majority of that [50 million dollars owed] stems from work that was changed from the original tasks, making billing a longer process” (Crain’s).
Not getting paid for your work is unfortunate, and in the construction industry we know one thing is certain: we get paid for the work we document. Change Orders happen all the time, its effectively documenting them with project management software that can help prevent the bill from accruing to a crazy amount, like 50 million dollars. Read more here
Enhanced QuickBooks Integration
eSUB is proud to announce its enhanced Timecard integration with QuickBooks for a faster link between Project Management and Accounting, with no data entry on the accounting side. Our enhanced integration creates a flexible environment so no matter how you're tracking time in QuickBooks it will automatically populate the proper data from eSUB's timecards. Project Managers and Foreman don't always track the same information that accounting does. For example time associated with 3 different tasks logged on a timecard may be consolidated into one cost bucket in QuickBooks. With the enhanced QuickBooks integration, eSUB can pass all 3 different tasks to QuickBooks with the same Service Item or multiple Service Items.
eSUB's smart logic knows how to partition the data from your eSUB timecards entered from the field on a tablet, iPad, smartphone or any other device, to match your personal Quickbooks flow in your back office. For more information on eSUB's Cloud Based Project Management and Smart Logic integration with Quickbooks click here.
Renewable Energy Rises On 2012 Top Construction Starts
California mandates have instigated a rise of renewable energy throughout the state, solar energy is dominating this latest trend. This year's ENR California Top Starts list includes solar projects among the top five spots, totaling over $7.9 billion dollars. Solar projects have jumped over 52% since last year and will continue to do so with funding which has been appropriated by the American Recover and Reinvestment Act. There are a couple reasons why California is experiencing a surplus, even more so than other states. To learn more about how solar projects are dominating 2012 read the full article here
Earth Day: a Time to Celebrate Cloud Based Construction Project Management Software?
As you may know, Earth Day is a holiday reserved for recognizing and addressing the fragility of the Earth’s environmental resources. Sounds pretty lofty right? Let’s look at how Earth Day translates in the construction industry.
As Earth Day approaches, companies begin to examine how we can reduce their negative impact of the planet through less carbon footprints. We take an internal examination of certain operations which may involve unnecessary wastefulness or production. According to the Association of Information and Image Management (AIIM), businesses use millions of tons of paper each year. The same study concluded that the average worker prints 10,000 pages per year, including 1,410 wasted pages. Of course, with the advent of cloud based construction software there is less of a need for this waste (of time and money). The Environmental Paper Network (2007) estimates that cutting operational paper use by just 10% would be the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road, and would reduce greenhouse gases by 1.6 million tons. That’s pretty incredible.
Documentation associated with construction project management is complex and frequent. There are all types of changes and updates that our construction team has to deal with throughout the course of a project. So why would we use paper as a means of communicating? It's the perfect opportunity for us to adopt construction project management software that uses paperless documentation including: Daily Reports, Submittals, Requests for Information (RFIs), construction Change Orders, and workflow automation that reduces our company's impact on the planet while boosting efficiency, and saving time/money. It's a win-win situation for our company and our planet.