For years we have been talking about the value that technology provides to the construction industry. General contractors have increasingly been implementing technology for BIM (building information modeling), mobile, collaboration, and more in order to differentiate in an already competitive market. But it isn’t just the GCs (general contractors) that are innovating—subcontractors are proving they have the tools for meeting the rising requirements on projects today.
I have had the privilege to work with a number of subcontracting organizations that are really pushing the envelope with technology in construction. These companies recognize that BIM isn’t just a requirement on most projects today, but rather an opportunity to differentiate in an otherwise competitive market.
One company that comes to mind is Faith Technologies, http://www.faithtechnologies.com/, Menasha, Wis., which provides full-service electrical and specialty services. The organization has not only implemented technology required on projects, but has gone above and beyond, offering technical services to its GC clients, helping it stand out from the pack.
For example, the company has created a custom-made technology center that includes a desktop PC tower, LCD television, and a printer, complete with modeling software, which allows it to leverage BIM on a jobsite. This subcontracting organization turned to the use of BIM in order to provide an extension of services to clients, while positioning it for the future. Additionally, the company has done a lot to leverage mobile technologies to improve safety performance on projects.
Another case of an innovative subcontracting firm I have worked with that comes to mind is J.C. Cannistraro, LLC, http://www.cannistraro.com/, Watertown, Mass., which also leverages BIM on projects. In fact, the company uses GPS (global positioning system) technology to make sure the model is populated with data points that aid in the installation of sleeves and hanger assemblies with 100% accuracy and zero capacity for human measurement error.
While these are just two examples, I know there are a number of subcontractors that are working to deliver projects in a timely manner—and are using technology to do so.
As such, we are pleased to announce a special Lunch N Learn opportunity for all subcontractors, which will take place at our annual Constructech Technology Day event on August 27 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Schaumburg, Ill. The lunch, which will take place from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., will help subcontractors discover how to eclipse the rising requirements of GCs by using technology to turn data into realtime actionable information, surpassing expectations.
These are exciting times in the construction industry, as all parties involved in a construction project continue to identify new ways to leverage technology.
We are eager hear your story. How is your company leveraging technology to make a difference? Let’s get the conversation started to help drive the industry into the next generation of technology.
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