Jacobs Wins Big Air Force Contract
I recently wrote a blog about the new realities of the digital economy, and posed the question: Will partners soon become competitors? Well, I recently came across a new announcement that has interesting implications for the construction technology space.
At the beginning of this month, Jacobs Engineering Group, www.jacobs.com, Pasadena, Calif., announced it has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force, www.af.mil, Washington, D.C., to provide software and systems engineering support, which will enable the integration of various functional areas of a squadron organization, improve the ability to share information, and enhance situational awareness across operations.
The software PEX (Patriot Excalibur) is based on the Agile software development methodology and uses cloud computing and mobile technologies.
Jacobs is expected to provide expertise to help maintain the PEX software, deliver system engineering services, and support field implementations to manage and track unit readiness of operations for more than 1,000 flying, non-flying, and ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) units.
This announcement is a big win for Jacobs—and big news for the construction industry, as the engineering firm providing services for buildings, power and utilities, transportation, water and wastewater, and more, is providing support to the U.S. Air Force.
Now, this is not a new venture for Jacobs, as the company has been providing support in these area for the Air Force since 1998. However, this new contract will merge the efficiencies of Agile development with the Dept. of Defense, www.defense.gov, Washington, D.C., acquisition requirements and Air Force policy.
The use of technology is changing rapidly in the construction industry, with new processes to take into consideration. This is causing many of the big companies serving the space to expand use of technology to meet the growing needs of clients and owners.
As this happens, the use of technology in construction continues to rise. It has been the case with government projects for decades, and is increasingly becoming a reality for both public and private projects a like.
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