December 2014

All signs—and residential home sales—are pointing up, according to organizations such as the NAHB (National Assn. of Home Builders), www.nahb.org, Washington, D.C.

For instance, the association says builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes rose for a fourth consecutive month in September to a level of 59, which is the highest reading since November 2005. What’s more, new-home sales topped 500,000 in August, which is the highest level since 2008.

While the numbers are beginning to trend upwards, where does this leave technology adoption? As the market begins to pick up, residential homebuilders might want to consider how technology will impact a business. Implementing technology now can help prepare for the uptick.

This is where the 2014 Constructech Residential Buyer’s Guide comes into play. The guide is designed to help builders identify the best solutions for processes such as bidding/estimating and project management. Or maybe your company is looking for an enterprise solution that encompasses both accounting/job costing and project management in one solution. Some builders are even looking to processes such as BIM (building information modeling)—and how associated technologies will impact homebuilding.

Whether you are looking for an enterprise solution or technology for BIM, this guide is set up to easily navigate some of the top solutions available—specifically targeting the residential construction community. Our objective is this targeted residential guide will serve as a tool for your construction company in the year ahead.

Bidding/Estimating

CG Visions
BIM Pipeline
www.cgvisions.com

BIM Pipeline is a Web-based, rules-driven material management and estimation system that utilizes BIM (building information modeling) data and traditional takeoffs to drive detailed takeoffs and integrate directly to backoffice systems.


Corecon Technologies Inc.
Corecon V7
www.corecon.com

Corecon V7 is a Web-based software suite for estimating, project management, cost control, scheduling, and collaboration. Being Web-based, AEC firms will have the ability to access their project information anywhere, anytime whether using a laptop, smartphone, or tablet device.


HomeFront Software
HomeFront Software
www.homefront-software.com

HomeFront Software provides residential software solutions from CRM and sales management to estimating and purchasing, production and scheduling, through to service and warranty. HomeFront integrates with the most widely-used accounting software including: Sage 300 Construction & Real Estate, Sage 100 Contractor, QuickBooks & Sage 50 – Canadian Edition.

BIM

CG Visions
BIM Consulting & Plan Services
www.cgvisions.com

Converting home plans from 2D to 3D or creating new home products in 3D BIM, CG Visions can ensure consistency across plans and expedite the design process. In addition, all BIM models created are enabled for BIM Pipeline integration, allowing builders to gain more efficiencies from the BIM process.

Enterprise Solutions

Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
BuildTopia
www.constellationhb.com

BuildTopia a cloud-based and easy-to-use construction solution that keeps you connected to staff, trade partners, and buyers throughout the entire sales and homebuilding process. BuildTopia integrates with your existing accounting package.


Constellation HomeBuilder Systems
FAST
www.constellationhb.com