The cloud has long been discussed in the construction industry, as a way to implement technology that provides immediate access to project information and the most updated documents. For one condominium project, the use of the cloud proved to be successful.

As yet another example of a construction organization going to the cloud, Concert, www.concertproperties.com, Vancouver, B.C., has chosen Aconex, www.aconex.com, Melbourne, Australia, for the 88 Scott condominium project in Toronto, Canada. The project is a mixed-use, 58-story, 669-foot high rise comprising retail and commercial space on the lower floors and 523 apartment units above.

Benefits of using the technology have been imminent, with Concert already employing Aconex during the pre-construction phase to manage information and processes, including tendering, and will continue using the platform throughout the construction phase. This project is expected to be completed in 2017.

Concert and Bird Construction, www.bird.ca, Mississauga, Ont., the general contractor on the project, chose Aconex as a different option than the traditional project-management tools such as Microsoft SharePoint and Excel.

Aconex provides Concert with a platform that offers project team members immediate access to project information, correspondence, and the most updated documents—all securely and permanently stored in the cloud.

For Concert, Aconex has proved particularly useful during the tender phase. All 53 tenders covering the entire four-year project were distributed simultaneously to 225 bidders. And the proof is in the product’s pragmatic use, evidenced by volumes. Currently, more than 11,000 specifications, contracts, and other documents have been uploaded to Aconex.

While this is one example, construction organizations are more frequently finding that using a cloud-based system offers immediate access to the most updated project data—leading to increased productivity and efficiency.