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Article | February 26, 2020
Pretty much everyone working in construction faces payment problems. In many cases, problematic communication is the main factor behind any payment issues. The link between field and office teams is critical to every phase of a construction project, from bidding to payment. Better office and field teamwork can improve project outcomes and solve payment problems.
The building industry is a trillion dollar global market, which has typically comprised fragmented workflows and a general aversion to tech-based disruption. While some of these hurdles have been crossed in recent years – within the design niche, this specifically entails the use of BIM data and increasingly sophisticated 3D visualization tools – there are still avenues unexplored that stand to dramatically transform the way we build.
The so-called bottom line is an unavoidable, monolithic reality of the construction industry, and it is something we’ve seen happening with some of our window shade competitors. However, a formulaic race to the bottom can have dramatically negative effects on the true cost of a solar control project. General contractors starting out a project with a pre-formulated spreadsheet is a common mistake.
Cyber criminals don’t just target individuals and big corporations, so how do you close the chinks in your digital armour? Last year, I attended an event for SMEs hosted by HSBC and like all good seminars I left with plenty of food for thought – but the talk that stuck with me was Barry Searle’s session on cyber-crime. As a security specialist and former intelligence specialist with the RAF, Barry’s insights on cyber-crime prevention are well worth taking into account.
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