Infor Debuts Property Management Software For Construction Firms

PYMNTS.com | August 25, 2020

Business cloud software provider Infor has rolled out its Infor Construction and Property Management technology. The offering allows construction companies in the public sector and healthcare spaces to grow into property management functions and make all of their operations digital, according to a Monday (Aug. 24) announcement. Infor said that the technology can assist companies geared toward healthcare decrease the cost of medical center and office building construction in addition to supervising leases and the entities that occupy the structures, the announcement stated. And construction businesses geared toward the public sector can harness the technology for tasks like finding and managing tenants for transit hubs and airports. The technology provides financial management with accounting on a cash- and accrual-basis at the same time, up-to-the-moment analysis into operational accounts receivable (AR), secure access based on user and position, and on-demand information in a centralized place. Infor’s construction and property supervision programs are meant to provide functions designed for particular industries without many adjustments required, according to the announcement.

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The Atlanta NECA chapter partners with StructShare to help electrical contractors effectively manage procurement and materials

StructShare | September 30, 2022

Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association (AECA) today announced a partnership with StructShare, the leading provider of purchasing and material management software. StructShare will grant special offers to members of the innovative chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) in the Atlanta region, to enhance effectiveness and accelerate supply chain management and cost tracking. "We seek partnerships with those contractor-focused vendors who we can rely on to offer the best to our members, Our members will benefit greatly from this relationship, We provide our members access to resources that will help them thrive in their business." -Joey Shorter, Executive Director of the AECA. Over the past few years, AECA members have used StructShare to streamline the entire purchasing cycle, connecting the office, the field, the warehouse, and their suppliers on a centralized, mobile, and cloud-based platform. StructShare makes an antiquated and cumbersome process much easier for the field and office by digitizing field requisitions, approval flows, POs, RFQs, deliveries, and invoice reconciliation while integrating all data into the common ERP and project management systems. According to NECA research, processing a single PO costs electrical contractors $42. Taking into consideration the amount of POs generated, this adds up to an undebatable pain that must be solved. AECA member and StructShare customer, Cariboo Industrial Electric has immediately maximized efficiency by eliminating double entry and overhead as well as received inventory visibility, seamless cost tracking, and preventing errors across the entire workflow. StructShare, a powerful purposely-built solution, offers end-to-end procurement, materials, inventory, and costs management. The flexible system is used by subcontractors of all sizes from $1-million in revenue to some of the largest in the country. "After working with the AECA team and members for a long time, I am excited to officially establish the partnership and provide the members with a tailored solution to their needs." -Or Lakritz Co-Founder and CPO, StructShare. AECA has a reputation of providing members with outstanding benefits and services including safety classes, professional and leadership development, education and training, as well as networking events. StructShare contributes to these efforts with technology and procurement education. We are honored to be a part of AECA, states StructShare CEO and co-founder, Arik Davidi. We've enjoyed the work with our Atlanta-area customers and look forward to bringing the same success to others in the region. About Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association: AECA is the leading, professional trade association representing, promoting, and advancing the electrical contracting industry in Georgia since 1929. AECA leads the industry in the practical application of new and emerging technologies in the construction industry and the public it serves. About StructShare: StructShare is a construction software company based in Austin, Texas and Tel Aviv, Israel, building digital solutions for specialty contractors to maximize efficiency and reduce costs.

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Armstrong Steel Shares 2023 Pre-engineered Steel Building Trends

Armstrong Steel | November 28, 2022

The demand for pre-engineered steel buildings is exploding, according to Armstrong Steel. Because of the many benefits that these pre-engineered buildings provide, new industries are turning toward this type of construction for their structure needs. The recently released 2022 Pre-Engineered Buildings Global Market Report showed that the global steel market is expected to be worth $26.87 billion by 2026, which would represent a CAGR, or compound annual growth rate, of 11.98%. Pre-engineered buildings have structural columns, rafters, girts, purlins and sheeting which are engineered and manufactured specific to each building purchased and then assembled on site per the erection drawings and all the parts are numbered to correspond with the drawings. While pre-engineered steel buildings such as the ones manufactured by Armstrong Steel Buildings have been used extensively for workshops, storage, community halls, factories, airport hangars, strip malls and much, much more, they are also in high demand today for office buildings. Pre-engineered steel buildings provide many benefits, including their flexibility in usage, the speed at which they are constructed, and their overall cost. It's only natural, then, that more and more industries are turning toward this type of structure for their building needs. The increased demand for pre-engineered steel buildings in the office space market is a significant contributor to the market's expected growth as a whole. In many developing countries experiencing economic growth and rapid urbanization, these pre-engineered steel buildings are preferred because they are cost-effective and can be erected faster than traditional buildings. The report also states that pre-engineered steel buildings make up anywhere from 75% to 80% of all new corporate and commercial construction. It's no surprise, then, that the industry is expected to experience explosive growth in 2023 and beyond. One of the biggest trends in the steel building industry, according to Armstrong Steel Buildings, is the adoption of green building practices to positively impact climate change. Steel production has traditionally consumed a significant amount of energy and created a lot of emissions. New technological advances are allowing steel manufacturing companies to not only reduce their energy consumption but also reduce their emissions at the same time. Pre-engineered steel buildings are very eco-friendly, too. Armstrong Steel notes that steel itself is 100% recyclable and can be used multiple times over without compromising the integrity of the material. This is yet another reason why pre-engineered steel buildings are a smart investment for any company, organization, or individual who needs a new structure. About Armstrong Steel As a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered metal buildings, Armstrong Steel Buildings takes pride in delivering high-quality steel buildings across North America. Armstrong Steel Buildings has been delivering high-quality steel buildings for nearly twenty years and provides structures to residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, cannabis, government, and military agencies.

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Placer Solutions Joins AXA XL Construction Ecosystem as Preferred Partner

Placer Solutions | November 22, 2022

Placer Solutions, a consulting firm focused on driving change and accelerating technology adoption in construction, today announced a new partnership with AXA XL Insurance, a leading provider of global commercial insurance. Under the terms of the agreement, Placer Solutions will join the AXA XL Construction Ecosystem as a preferred partner in a network of products and services focused on advancing technology adoption, leveraging data to solve customers’ problems, enhancing risk management and supporting business goals. The construction industry is at a crossroads when it comes to emerging technology and new ways of doing work. Historically, the industry has been slow to adopt new tools and technologies and has experienced stagnant productivity as a result. With more agile ways of addressing operational demands using emerging technologies, modern construction firms could achieve productivity gains up to 40 percent, similar to peer industries. Placer Solutions is addressing this challenge by taking a field-first approach that shines a light on field and project organizational networks in construction companies, which improves strategic planning and the tactical implementation of technology solutions. “Placer Solutions has a deep understanding of the construction ecosystem, specifically how the industry’s field-based and project-based nature can make enterprise-wide programs difficult in practice, The greatest technologies in the world are most effective if embraced by the culture of the industry they serve. By partnering with a company like Placer Solutions, we enable our customers to focus on the human element that drives technology adoption, which will result in them having a more robust technology adoption roadmap.” -Rose Hall, Senior Vice President, Head of Innovation, Americas at AXA XL. Placer Solutions has been selected to help support the Construction Ecosystem as an AXA XL-endorsed consulting firm who will work with their construction customers on technology change management. As part of the Construction Ecosystem, Placer Solutions will offer a customized Field Assessment to AXA XL customers, which leverages a proprietary network analysis approach to highlight and profile key groups of individuals in a construction firm’s operations. Previous clients of Placer Solutions have included Top Engineering News-Record (ENR) contractors who have used results from the assessment to improve strategic technology planning and inform product selection. “AXA XL’s leadership in bringing together construction’s fragmented value chain to solve big problems is exactly what the moment demands, We look forward to working with AXA XL’s customers. brokers and other business partners in our shared journey to modernize the industry and deploy new solutions that can address the needs of our industry’s workforce in meaningful ways.” -Nate Fuller, Founder of Placer Solutions. About AXA XL: AXA XL, the property & casualty and specialty risk division of AXA, provides insurance and risk management products and services for mid-sized companies through to large multinationals, and reinsurance solutions to insurance companies globally. We partner with those who move the world forward. About Placer Solutions: Placer Solutions is a management consulting firm focused on building high performance teams and improving technology adoption across the construction industry. Experience shows that successful change initiatives require up to 10 percent of an organization’s involvement – in construction, that’s mostly field users and project stakeholders. Placer Solutions’ unique Field Assessment goes beyond usual suspects to surface the embedded leaders and networks of employees who make change initiatives successful in construction. They have one of the largest databases of construction field personas and a network of contractors, suppliers, owners, and technology start-ups to help in their client’s needs.

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Rite-Solutions receives three Navy contracts worth $68 million

Rite-solutions | November 25, 2022

Rite-Solutions is pleased to announce it was recently awarded three contracts by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT), Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), and Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). Over the next three to five years, the three contracts total $68 million. Supporting NUWCDIVNPT’s Code 25 Combat Systems Department, Rite-Solutions will provide hardware and software engineering, systems engineering, system integration and testing, fleet support, and administrative services supporting the AN/BYG-1 submarine combat control system modernization. The contract is worth $25 million. “we are thrilled to continue supporting the Code 25 Combat Systems Department in what has been a long and productive partnership for more than two decades.” -Laura Deady Sr. Vice President Rite-Solutions. Separately, the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) awarded the company a $13 million follow-on contract under the Navy’s RAPDS Multi-Award ID/IQ for PEO MLB/PMW 250. Rite-Solutions will continue sustaining and maintaining the DoD IT Portfolio Repository (DITPR)-DON and DON Application and Database Management System (DADMS) IT Portfolio Management system. DITPR/DADMS is used by the DoD to maintain an inventory of all of its hardware, software, and their interfaces. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) awarded the third contract to Rite-Solutions, worth $30 million. The Rite-Solutions proposal included up to 60 full-time employees, annually. The company will be hiring up to 30 people in the Virginia and DC area. “the Dahlgren center provides the world’s best surface ship command and control systems and we’re very pleased to apply our experience in undersea warfare.” -Laurie Carter, Rite-Solutions’ Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. Rite-Solutions will provide engineering and combat systems integration expertise to the NSWCDD Integrated Combat Systems Department to plan and execute combat systems operations activities in support of current and future Combat System Command and Control functions. Rite-Solutions President and CEO, Dennis McLaughlin notes, these contracts, on the heels of a $77 million contract awarded by NSWCDD earlier this year, are a testament to the expertise and dedication of Rite-Solutions’ employees and the value we provide our customers. About Rite-solutions: Rite-Solutions, Inc. is an award-winning small business specializing in system engineering, software development, information technology (IT), and cyber security for government and commercial segments. Rite-Solutions has offices in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Washington D.C.

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