December 2011

Could the homebuilding market be picking up? While remodeling activity continues to remain slow due to current economic conditions, new home sales rose 5.7% in September, which is the fastest pace of new-home sales in the past five months. While the market is not soaring by any means, the grim reality of years’ past seems to be dying down, as the market at least begins to steady out.

The good news is builders that have made it through the downturn have learned how to do more with less and are more business savvy than ever before—which makes it the perfect time to invest in technology, if you haven’t done so already. Does this seem like the right time to ramp up processes for BIM (building information modeling) or maybe develop in-depth content-management and workflow strategies around your traditionally paper-based procedures? Technology is the tool that can enable all of this and more.

From accounting and job costing to sales and CRM (customer-relationship management), builders have an opportunity at this juncture to take the time to evaluate and implement new solutions before the market really picks up.

In order to enable this technology decisionmaking process, the 2011 Constructech Residential Buyer’s Guide can serve as a directory to some of the most prominent software providers for the residential construction industry.

This year the Buyer’s Guide has been redesigned with expanded profiles and in-depth details to make the technology purchasing process even easier. As part of our digital edition, the Buyer’s Guide includes interactive content to help you get a better feel for the technology.

Below companies are indexed by category. This year’s guide can serve as a resource for technology selection in the year to come.

Bidding/Estimating

PlanSwift
PlanSwift
www.planswift.com/constructech

PlanSwift is the fastest and easiest-to-use software for accurately calculating construction takeoffs and estimates. PlanSwift’s features include the ability to calculate total area, LF (linear feet), and the amount of material needed for the project.

Bidding/Estimating/Project Management

Corecon Technologies Inc.
15618 Graham St.
Huntington Beach, Calif. 92649
P: +1 866.258.6698
www.corecon.com

Corecon Technologies Inc., based in Huntington Beach, Calif., is a software developer for the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry. Founded in 1999, Corecon has been recognized in 2011 as one of the Constructech 50 and its flagship product, Corecon V7, has been awarded Constructech’s Top Products award for Commercial and Residential.

Corecon V7
Corecon’s flagship product, Corecon V7, is an online suite of software for estimating, project management, job cost control, and scheduling. Being Web-based, Corecon V7 subscribers have the ability to access their project information anytime from anywhere and store data in one central location. With its built-in wizards that automate complex tasks and comprehensive executive dashboards to analyze project budgets, Corecon provides cutting-edge technology to maximize the profitability of one’s projects and make all departments work more efficiently.

Corecon Mobile is an extension of Corecon V7 and is compatible with Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Palm, and Windows smartphones and tablet devices. This solution is free to all subscribers and provides further access to crucial information for employees and management who are on the go.

To integrate with one’s existing accounting application, such as Intuit QuickBooks, Sage Simply Accounting, or SAP Business One, Corecon provides CoreconLink utilities that eliminate duplicate data entry and maintain consistency across the organization.

BIM

Argos Systems Inc.
Vertex BD building design software
www.argos.com

Vertex BD building design software provides BIM (building information modeling) solutions optimized for production builders. Available features include the industry leading automatic house options system and the most customizable framing generator available, maximizing efficiency and reducing material waste.


 

Ameri-CAD Inc. — An ITW Co.
VisionREZ
www.visionrez.com

Powered by Autodesk Technology, VisionREZ is purpose-built for residential BIM (building information modeling). Construction-accurate schedules populate bill of material listings to aid in cost estimating. Also, 3D models are collaboratively shared with other manufacturing design software.

Document/Workflow Management

Aconex
250 Montgomery Street 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
P: +1 650.238.5111
www.aconex.com

Aconex provides an online project collaboration platform for secure and efficient information and process management on construction, engineering, energy, resources, and infrastructure projects. With more than 160,000 user organizations employing Aconex on 12,000 global projects worth $225 billion, Aconex is the most widely used online collaboration platform for multi-party projects.

Aconex
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