Technology can help lay the foundation that enables AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) companies to optimize profits across the lifecycle of a construction project. Already in 2015, software providers are looking for ways to deliver the functionality the industry needs to take operations to the next level.

This month, On Center Software,, The Woodlands, Texas, launched Oasis, a cloud platform solution that unifies data across multiple buildings, data centers, locations, and jobsites, providing a single place for apps to connect data consistently across an entire enterprise. The Oasis platform supports workflows within the entire design, build, and operate lifecycle of a project while providing realtime, secure access to critical data.

Oasis is the company’s first step toward a cloud-based end-to-end solution, initially supporting two cloud applications: Oasis Takeoff and Oasis FieldCenter. Cecilia Padilla, CEO, On Center, says Oasis Takeoff enables “true team estimating,” while Oasis FieldCenter allows for realtime collaboration between the office and the field.

With the takeoff solution, construction companies can organize plans and streamline the estimating process by allowing multiple people to access the takeoff simultaneously. It saves time and money by putting the right data in the right hands at the right time. Similarly, the field-management solution helps teams communicate more effectively, closing loops and reducing errors.

By improving overall estimating efficiency, enhancing document control in the field, and streamlining reporting processes, technology solutions can enhance construction processes and help AEC companies reduce costs. Cloud solutions that break down communication barriers and seamlessly transfer data in realtime are key to realizing new and vital value within a construction workflow.

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