WalkOn Plans | July 29, 2021
WalkOn Plans introduces new and innovative technology to the building industry by allowing people engaged in the construction process to walk around the project before it starts. This technology is being introduced to Canada for the first time by the company.
WalkOn Plans brings blueprints to life by projecting them inside their facility, allowing customers to see each room in their architectural design at a real 1:1 scale. This one-of-a-kind experience minimizes the probability of costly post-construction modifications and provides more control to both commercial and residential projects.
"Toward the end of 2019, I was speaking with a couple of individuals who were building a house. They were having difficulty choosing which designs to choose from their designer," explains Andrew Vanderwoerd, Principal and Founder of WalkOn Plans. "They were making this big choice based on a set of PDF plans, basically putting all of their faith in someone else to make their dream home a reality. "I told myself, 'there has to be a better way!'"
WalkOn Plans caters to everyone engaged in the building process, from families to architects to builders, to guarantee that everyone is a part of the experience from drawing to completion.
WalkOn Plans is now accepting new customers who want to envision their building ideas before they begin construction completely.
About WalkOn Plans
A building project, whether commercial or residential, is a significant financial investment. You want to be certain that the final product will be in keeping with the architectural designs. Consider walking through your project before it starts to be built. Walkon Plans offers a whole new visualization concept for homebuilders, architects, real estate agents, and everyone else in between.
McCarthy & GoContractor | October 22, 2021
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has signed an enterprise agreement with leading onboarding solution, GoContractor, to help facilitate all of its craft and trade partner project onboarding.
This partnership will digitize the construction company's entire project and safety orientation process for McCarthy craft and trade partner workers. GoContractor's onboarding and worker management platform creates safer projects, reduces the common risks associated with worker onboarding and management, and streamlines and standardizes the worker onboarding process."GoContractor is excited to partner with McCarthy to roll out our digitized worker onboarding solution across their workforce," said John Naughton, GoContractor CEO. "Right from our early proof of concept program with the organization, we saw firsthand that McCarthy is an industry leader in safety and construction innovation. McCarthy and GoContractor share an absolute commitment to making construction safer for all workers.
By utilizing GoContractor's digital Safety Orientation Program we have been able to improve efficiencies in our onboarding process, benefiting both individual workers and our project management teams," said Rob Graham, McCarthy Vice President, National Safety. Workers now have immediate access to our orientation information, helping to streamline this process while still maintaining our safety culture that is critical to our overall Safety Program.
Advancement in site operations and access to worker level data:
Every day on construction worksites worldwide, workers are contracted to work on construction and infrastructure projects. These individuals arrive at the site and receive an orientation, which serves as a way for construction companies to record who is on their site, provide necessary safety training, and collect required worker credentials.
"Because onboarding is a traditional, everyday activity done on a worksite, it can be easy to overlook some of the risks associated with the process,Safety orientation isn't just a box that gets checked; it's a way to foster a Safety Culture, prevent incidents on the worksite, and collect worker information. When not managed properly, the onboarding process can lead to project delays, efficiency losses, and increased financial risk. More importantly, inconsistent or insufficient worker site orientation and onboarding is a safety risk to every worker on a jobsite."
- John Naughton, GoContractor CEO.
GoContractor takes this in-person process online, allowing workers to complete their orientation and register all information on a laptop or mobile device, even before they step foot on the job site. Workers have the option to take their site onboarding in their own language and at their own pace, allowing workers from diverse backgrounds and with different learning styles to fully comprehend and retain critical safety information.
McCarthy, who recently piloted GoContractor's digital solution as a part of the NEXT Coalition, will transition their orientation operation to a digital format hosted on GoContractor, with the goal of being 100% digital by 2022. This enterprise agreement with GoContractor comes as part of McCarthy's commitment to digital transformation by identifying and implementing emerging technologies within the built world.
"COVID-19 introduced a host of new challenges for our company and our projects,The NEXT Coalition, and the GoContractor partnership that came out of that, presents a great success story for knowledge-sharing and innovation. GoContractor has tackled problems relating specifically to COVID-19, and we fully expect it to deliver value for our workforce well beyond that."
-Dave Burns, McCarthy Vice President Emerging Tech and Project Delivery.
GoContractor enables construction companies to take their worker and subcontractor onboarding and orientations online. Workers can register, upload regulatory documents, and complete safety training from any smart device, before they ever set foot on the jobsite. This helps improve and standardize the onboarding process while assuring compliance for all workers, no matter their primary language or learning style. Used by both small and large general contractors throughout the US and Europe, GoContractor is committed to ensuring health and safety on construction jobsites. Learn more at GoContractor.com.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 13th largest domestic builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2021). With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com.
PBC Today | September 07, 2020
Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere these days, with people referring to how they are planning for, talking about or developing for it. With the prevalence of IoT, what does it mean for construction and property management in the healthcare space/facilities? Will it actually provide real benefits and efficiencies or is its value yet to become apparent? With the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) in full swing, technology advances mean that new, smarter, safer and better ways have come to market to plan build and operate health assets. The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of those technological advances that has been around for about two decades. Since then its definition has been subject to some change, however fundamentally it refers to the connectivity to the internet of objects that generate data for the purpose of making the data available and connectable.