BIM Gives Smaller Contractors a Competitive Advantage

EC&M | January 16, 2020

Integrated building information modeling is key for effective information management and can help contractors move into the revenue-generating areas of modular construction and aftermarket services. It also represents an opportunity for smaller construction businesses to compete against industry leaders, whose legacy enterprise resource planning systems may not be able to keep up with the times. The objective of BIM is to provide better information management. However, the term can be misleading. It is not only applicable to buildings, but also used for industrial installations and infrastructure - giving project owners a structured set of data they can use to manage any built asset over its life cycle.

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eLearning has been adopted at a rapidly increasing rate in recent years with the development of high-speed internet access. According to the eLearning Guild, worldwide revenue from eLearning products and services exceeded $50 billion in 2010, and growth rates are projected at between 15-30% over the next four years.


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Truelook releases new innovative jobsite surveillance technology

TrueLook | May 10, 2022

TrueLook, a market leader in construction camera technology trusted worldwide for construction visibility and security, has released an innovative Jobsite Surveillance feature designed to reduce theft at construction sites and minimize the risk for loss of time, money, and equipment. This type of technology is expected to be a complete game-changer when it comes to jobsite monitoring. "This technology is a natural next step for our company and a much needed resource for customers wanting improved security for their large job sites," said Roger Yarrow. "We are pleased and proud to be able to offer a product which solves problems for a wide range of construction companies across the country. We believe that this turnkey new offering will prove invaluable on jobsites, adding an extra layer of security when a job site manager can't be there 24/7." Over the past several years, there has been a rising climate of crime leading to a major influx of requests from customers looking for increased monitoring features (such as human verification and trained professional monitoring). With construction theft increasingly plaguing the industry, TrueLook decided to take their technology to a new level. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction projects were halted and crews were forced to take a leave for the recommended quarantine period provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), leaving job sites empty and making them a target for construction material theft. The National Equipment Register estimates that the cost to the insurance and construction industry each year, due to theft alone, could be upwards of $1 billion. The demand for surveillance on these sites is no longer a luxury - it has become a necessity. TrueLook is responding to that increased demand, which has remained prevalent. TrueLook's Jobsite Surveillance protects job sites by identifying perpetrators in real time, verifying threats, and contacting law enforcement to stop criminals in the act. The new feature works by following these steps: Utilizing TrueLook's Intelligent Motion Alerts, customers can select the areas and hours they want visibility on their jobsite. Typically, these hours are when no one should be on your job site. Customers can also choose to include or exclude certain areas of a job site. If activity is detected in the designated zones during monitored hours, a video-clip of the event will be sent to a trained monitoring representative. The representative will review the clip and determine if the threat is real. If the threat is verified, the representative will contact the customer to verify a legitimate security threat is occurring. The customer can then choose to request emergency services or dismiss the alert. If emergency services are requested, the representative will alert the nearest responders with a description and live video feed of the threat in progress. "The safety and security of job sites are of utmost importance to our customers, Our Jobsite Surveillance functionality provides complete, trusted protection, and ensures projects can be completed without unnecessary interruptions due to vandalism and theft. We are excited to be able to offer our customers that added level of comfort" Jaclyn Kramer, CMO ABOUT TRUELOOK: TrueLook is the only construction camera company to include live jobsite viewing, project time-lapsing, and HD security recording with every camera. TrueLook has pioneered new construction camera technologies for over 20 years, beginning with the world's first Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera in 1995. Their cameras capture over 50,000 construction time-lapse photos every day across the U.S. and Canada and have delivered more than two billion images to 100 million users.

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Warehouse/Distribution Centers Leverage Connected Technologies to Meet Surging Demand

Dodge Construction Network | March 11, 2022

Dodge Construction Network, in partnership with LiftMaster® today released a new SmartMarket Brief entitled The Connected Warehouse that focuses on the rapidly growing market for sophisticated and technologically connected warehouse/distribution centers in the US. Dodge is currently forecasting $53 billion of construction starts in the US warehouse/distribution center market in 2022, up 1400% since 2010 and representing over one-third (36%) of the entire US commercial construction sector this year. Driven by strong consumer demand in the economy and the explosion of e-commerce retailing, these facilities are deploying sophisticated technologies to optimize performance and respond to changing demands. In addition, they are round-the-clock workplaces for a growing number of employees and require increasing levels of energy, security and safety management. Based on a survey of several hundred industry professionals who create these facilities, the report addresses investment drivers, locational trends, deployment of connected technologies, worker safety and amenities, sustainability initiatives and ways in which design and construction are adapting to support these dynamic needs. "LiftMaster is pleased to work with Dodge on this important research," said Jenny Lytle, General Manager, Commercial Emerging Business. "Managing a warehouse with multiple access points and loading docks can be a stressful and demanding job; any inefficiencies can result in increased expenses or safety issues. LiftMaster has installed connected gates, doors, and docks and myQ Facility and Dock Management software within warehouse/distribution centers across the United States. We have seen firsthand how our cloud-based solutions have provided warehouse managers with an easier way to monitor warehouse doors and docks and collect real-time insight around daily operations, enabling them to make smarter, data-driven decisions." "We hope that sharing these key findings across the industry will accelerate the advancement of these critical facilities and provide a baseline for future studies to track progress,” added Lytle. Key findings include: Investments are driven by the need for flexibility to accommodate higher volumes and changing business models. Fluctuating demand, rapidly changing product lines and evolving business models such as On-Demand Warehousing are driving the need to invest in retrofits and new projects. Facilities are increasingly close to urban centers. All regions of the country report increases in the percentage of projects located in or near urban centers to support rapid delivery expectations from consumers. Connected automation systems are proliferating at loading docks. 77% of respondents report automation of operational and handling processes at loading docks on their recent projects, with as many as 88% citing use of one of the four specific systems studied. Connected technology systems are being deployed facility wide. In addition to the widespread automation of operational and handling processes throughout these facilities, between 60% and 82% of respondents report installation of data-capturing smart controls, A/V and light communications, and security and access control/tracking systems on their recent projects. Worker amenities and safety are increasingly important, especially in a tight labor market. All regions report increases in a wide variety of employee amenities and 88% of respondents say owners place a high priority on employee safety when planning their facilities. Over two-thirds of owners (68%) are interested in creating zero-carbon facilities. Sustainability is important, with high percentages of owners interested in minimizing both energy use and operational waste in their facilities as well as creating zero-carbon buildings. Many are also seeking LEED certification and incorporating a wide variety of green products and materials. Technology is being applied to the design and construction process. Respondents report using technologies such as BIM (building information modeling), software to model energy use and software to simulate operations in the facility to be built during the design and construction process. Many studies by Dodge show that these tools can help to accelerate project delivery, control costs and achieve quality goals, so similar results can be expected in this sector as well. "Warehouses were once seen as a quiet backwater in the overall commercial construction sector," says Steve Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights at Dodge Construction Network. "But the market has literally exploded in the past few years, and these facilities are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. We are glad to have the opportunity to explore this in depth and hope the report raises industry awareness and expertise around these important elements of our economy." The report also features an extensive interview with Tripp Eskridge, Managing Director of Project Management from CBRE who brings a unique perspective from more than 30 years of experience managing the design and construction process for industrial facilities such as these. The SmartMarket Brief that contains the full findings of the study and the interview can be downloaded for free here. About Dodge Construction Network: Dodge Construction Network leverages an unmatched offering of data, analytics, and industry-spanning relationships to generate the most powerful source of information, knowledge, insights, and connections in the commercial construction industry. The company powers four longstanding and trusted industry solutions—Dodge Data & Analytics, The Blue Book Network, Sweets, and IMS—to connect the dots across the entire commercial construction ecosystem. Together, these solutions provide clear and actionable opportunities for both small teams and enterprise firms. Purpose-built to streamline the complicated, Dodge Construction Network ensures that construction professionals have the information they need to build successful businesses and thriving communities. With over a century of industry experience, Dodge Construction Network is the catalyst for modern commercial construction. About LiftMaster: LiftMaster is the number one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers, as well as a leading manufacturer of commercial door operators, residential and commercial gate operators, telephone entry systems and related access control products. Driven by the access and security needs of the marketplace, LiftMaster’s expansive line of state-of-the-art residential and commercial products are designed to fit any lifestyle or application, providing the latest technology and innovations in safety, security and convenience.

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LandSouth Continues Long-Time Partnership with Developer by Breaking Ground on Presidium Park

LandSouth | December 22, 2021

LandSouth Construction, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based, award-winning general contractor, broke ground for the construction of Presidium Park, an upscale multifamily community in Jacksonville, Florida. The developer for Presidium Park, Presidium, continues a long-time relationship between the two groups. The four-building complex will be located at 8181 AC Skinner Parkway in Jacksonville and is scheduled to be completed late 2023. "It's great to continue our partnership with Presidium and we're excited to offer a beautiful, new development to the growing Jacksonville area,LandSouth and Presidium have come together several times to bring amazing multifamily communities to life. Presidium Park is the next to showcase both organizations' commitment to innovation and excellence." -LandSouth President and CEO, James Pyle. Louis Fegan is the LandSouth project manager for Presidium Park and Brad Chilton is the superintendent, continuing their successful partnership. Dwell Design Studio is the architecture firm for the development. Presidium Park will be a 4-building, midrise, 5-story development featuring 33 different types of units. Future residents will have the choice of floor plans that range from 616 square feet to more than 1,703 square feet, both single and multi-bedroom. Presidium Park will offer residents a clubhouse, two-story amenity center, swimming pool with pavilion, car spa, and several high-end amenities. Presidium Park boasts proximity to area entertainment and restaurants, including St. Johns Town Center. In addition, Presidium Park is close to the University of North Florida. "Jacksonville continues to grow at a remarkable rate and Presidium Park will provide more luxury housing for the people of Jacksonville,Presidium and LandSouth have a long history of bringing best-in-class communities to life and I'm thrilled to lead the way on Presidium Park." -Louis Fegan, the LandSouth Project Manager. LandSouth will employ its unique integrated construction approach to build Presidium Park. Service components work together to provide a seamless delivery system through proven procedures, systems, and technology. ABOUT LANDSOUTH CONSTRUCTION LandSouth Construction, the Southeast's premier general contractor, specializing in multifamily, senior living, and mixed–use development, was named one of Engineering News Record's Top 400. Since 1998 LandSouth has transformed ideas into best–in–class communities. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. LandSouth has completed more than 25,000 multifamily units. For more information, call LandSouth Marketing Manager, Erica Zumstein, (904) 273-3182, Ext. 109 or visit www.landsouth.com. ABOUT PRESIDIUM Founded in 2003, Presidium is a fully integrated real estate firm with an 18-year operating history and an existing portfolio totaling over $2 billion AUM. Presidium is committed to providing best-in-class housing for individuals of all income levels and creating great spaces that enhance people's lives. For more information about Presidium, visit www.presidiumre.com.

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Adding Multimedia Audubon Engineering Company Awarded Major Contract for Engineering and Procurement Services of Shell’s Mars Corridor Assets

Audubon Engineering Company LP | June 08, 2022

Audubon Engineering Company LP (Audubon), a leading provider of engineering, procurement, construction, and fabrication services, has entered a three-year contract with Shell Offshore Inc., a subsidiary of Shell plc, to provide brownfield engineering and procurement (EP) services support for Shell’s Mars Corridor. The contract, which comes with two one-year options to extend, covers some of Shell’s offshore assets in the US Gulf of Mexico, including its Mars, Olympus, Ursa, and Vito tension leg platforms. The water depths for this deep-water portfolio range from approximately 3,000 to 4,000 feet (914 to 1,200 meters). The contract scope spans topside engineering and procurement services, encompassing single-well subsea tiebacks; crane, lifeboat, and HVAC replacements; controls, firewater system, and utility upgrades; gas-lift installation; and prefabricated skid packages. Audubon’s strong local operating centers in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas, will execute the contract. This agreement continues the company’s track record of successfully delivering integrated engineering and technical services for Shell. We’re delighted that Shell has selected Audubon to be its contractor for these assets. We are committed to driving value and efficiency for Shell to further enhance and extend productivity across its assets in the Mars Corridor.” Ryan Hanemann, president of Audubon Engineering Company “Audubon is proud of our accomplishments in the GOM region, and this contract award further positions our business for growth and continued delivery in the area,” he added. About Audubon Engineering Company LP Founded in 1997, Audubon Engineering Company LP is a leading provider of integrated engineering, construction, fabrication, and technical services. Serving the energy, power, utility, industrial, and infrastructure sectors, our end-to-end lifecycle solutions help solve our clients’ toughest challenges. Leveraging technology, ingenuity, and experience, we deliver outstanding project outcomes for a more sustainable tomorrow.

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eLearning has been adopted at a rapidly increasing rate in recent years with the development of high-speed internet access. According to the eLearning Guild, worldwide revenue from eLearning products and services exceeded $50 billion in 2010, and growth rates are projected at between 15-30% over the next four years.

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