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Touchplan and Cianbro Extend Enterprise Relationship

Touchplan | March 02, 2022

Touchplan and Cianbro Extend
Touchplan, an award-winning collaborative construction planning software platform that helps make construction project outcomes more predictable and profitable, and Cianbro recently entered into an enterprise-wide agreement for a third consecutive year.

The agreement provides the Maine-based construction firm and their selected subcontractor partners unlimited use of Touchplan's intuitive daily planning software on all construction projects within the Building group. Along with collaboration capabilities that link the master schedule to the daily plan anywhere and anytime, Touchplan will provide unique jobsite data and analytics across all Cianbro projects via its planning software platform and through the development of its API capabilities to increase overall project efficiency for one of the nation's largest and most diverse, employee-owned construction firms.

Presently operating in more than 40 states and employing over 4,000 team members, Cianbro provides preconstruction, general contracting, design-build and construction management services. The company also has the in-house resources to self-perform several trades, including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, telecommunications, thermal, fabrication, and coating.

Ranked #88 on Engineering News-Record's (ENR) 2021 The Top 400 Contractors, Cianbro is best known for managing major construction projects, its self-performing capabilities and hands-on construction techniques.

"At Cianbro, our team of professionals is committed to safely delivering projects on schedule and within budget, Improving collaboration in the field is critical, which is why we continue to invest in construction planning software such as Touchplan, allowing us to effectively plan projects with more certainty, regularly lower risk, and deliver the highest quality projects for our owners."

-Bruce Cummings, General Manager at Cianbro.

Touchplan's innovative daily project planning and analytics platform is trusted by more than 46,000 design and construction professionals around the world. To date, more than 3,300 project teams have used Touchplan successfully to optimize the delivery of over $55.4 billion in construction.

"Touchplan combines easy-to-use software with data that can be updated instantly, allowing construction teams to collaborate effectively, resulting in more predictable and profitable projects, We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Cianbro as they continue to enhance their construction operations. Selecting Touchplan as their construction planning software of choice for a third year shows their enterprise-wide confidence in our ability to improve the outcomes on every project."

-Jimmy Suppelsa, Chief Revenue Officer for Touchplan.

About Cianbro
Founded in 1949, Cianbro is one of the United States' largest open shop, 100% employee-owned construction and construction services companies. Presently operating in more than 40 states and employing over 4,000 team members, Cianbro serves several diverse markets, including Building; Industrial & Manufacturing; Infrastructure; and, Power & Energy. Learn more at cianbro.com.

About Touchplan
Touchplan is a leading daily construction planning software that makes project outcomes more predictable and profitable. It strives to deliver approachable, progressive jobsite data and analytics solutions that transform construction into a more collaborative, transparent, and predictable process for everyone involved. Touchplan is committed to its belief that learning from data is the key to rapid recovery from project variances and improving both project certainty and profitability. Touchplan is the software division of privately held MOCA Systems, Inc. Learn more about Touchplan at touchplan.io.

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Linesight's Commodity Report Shows Volatility in Construction Material Prices to Remain in 2022

Linesight | May 02, 2022

Linesight, a global construction consultancy firm, expects prices for construction commodities to remain high and volatile in 2022, despite a predicted stabilization in the market many thought would come to fruition in Q1. Leading up to the end of 2021, many believed the pandemic-related supply chain issues would begin to ease off and allow for a stabilization of the market, but the Russia-Ukraine crisis has deeply affected the situation; both directly, due to the primary production of specific materials stemming from those countries, and indirectly, due to the conflict's overall effects on the global supply chain. Despite the prevalent risks at play stemming from the ongoing conflict and the materials pricing and availability issues these risks are likely to impose on the market the US construction industry is expected to grow in 2022 by 4.5%, according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. This recovery in the construction industry is anticipated to be primarily fueled by an acceleration of activity within the residential sector, which will only drastically increase the demand for the materials needed in that sector, most importantly concrete, cement, and other aggregates, further driving up the prices. Other contributing factors to the expected recovery include a rising demand for new buildings and infrastructure in the life sciences, high tech manufacturing, and public infrastructure projects. In 2022, with prices and availability for essential construction materials like copper, lumber, steel, and cement continuing to remain unreliable, and directly impacting construction output, the total construction output for the US in 2022 will likely end up around $1.672 trillion. This would represent a year-over-year gain of 4.5%, after 2021 saw a total construction output of $1.599 trillion. Further findings from Linesight's first-quarter Commodity Report and price forecast, which is based on interviews with over 160 industry experts across the globe, include: Prices for lumber saw the largest quarter-to-quarter price increase from 2021 Q4 to 2022 Q1 for the commodities tracked in the report, starting at $8.5/cu ft in Q4 of 2021 and rising 79.5% in Q1 of 2022. It is forecasted that lumber prices will continue to rise through 2022, mostly due to the increase in tariffs on Canadian lumber imports into the US, with an expected price of $16.1/cu ft. Raw material prices for steel also saw a significant quarter-to-quarter price increase from 2021 Q4 to 2022 Q1, with steel rebar rising 4.7% and steel flat rising 8.9%. This trend is expected to continue due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, who are collectively attributed with around 60% of the US's imports of pig iron. With construction activity ramping up, demand for steel will be high in 2022. This will probably be reflected in the price of the materials, as Linesight’s report predicts a year-over-year increase of 12.2% and 17.2% on steel rebar and steel flat, respectively, with a forecasted price of $1,177/t for steel rebar and $2,182/t for steel flat in 2022. Just as the acceleration of construction activity has greatly affected the pricing of steel, it is also expected to do the same for concrete, cements, and other aggregates, with increased demand for infrastructure being another major factor driving the prices up. Cement and concrete already saw a 3% increase in pricing from Q4 of 2021 to Q1 of 2022, and it is forecasted that they will climb another 7.7%, with a projected price of $139/t for cement and $144/cu yd for concrete in the latter half of 2022. Other significant quarter-to-quarter price increases from 2021 Q4 to 2022 Q1 found in Linesight's first-quarter Commodity Report included welded mesh rising 32.6%, diesel fuel rising 17.1%, and asphalt rising 8.1%. “Despite the anticipated stabilization of materials costs, due to ongoing global issues, 2022 is expected to be another challenging year for the construction industry that will bring with it many disruptions, both in the supply chain and in the overall productivity of the industry, But due to these continued disruptions, we are beginning to see major strategic changes in approach to procurement and supply chain management to minimize risk on construction projects. Many are looking to overhaul their approach, with some projects moving away from the ‘Just in Time’ model, others looking at reducing waste within the supply chain, building out back-up plans rather than being reactive to disruptions, building stronger and more diverse supplier relationships, and engaging early with all stakeholders to put in place strategies geared towards greater certainty regarding cost and schedule.” Patrick Ryan, Executive Vice President, Americas, Linesight About Linesight Linesight is a multinational construction consultancy firm with over 48 years' experience, providing cost, schedule, program, and project management services to a multitude of sectors including Life Sciences, Commercial, Data Centers, High-Tech Industrial, Residential, Hospitality, Healthcare, and Retail. 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Constrafor Announces Partnership with Bespoke Metrics to Help Subcontractors Grow their Business

Constrafor | April 23, 2022

Constrafor, a leading construction procurement and financing platform, is pleased to announce a partnership with Bespoke Metrics, an innovative prequalification and risk analytics company. Constrafor and Bespoke Metrics both serve the construction industry with a strong focus on building innovative technology solutions that help subcontractors grow their business. Constrafor's Early Pay Program allows subcontractors to accelerate their payments, so they can take on more projects. Compass by Bespoke Metrics empowers subcontractors to manage all prequalification and data requests in one platform, while providing feedback on ways to increase your contract size, and likelihood to win. Constrafor's cutting-edge procurement platform is a natural extension to the COMPASS prequalification tool, as it allows subcontractors to seamlessly interact with their existing and new General Contractors. Constrafor and Bespoke Metrics are uniquely placed to provide an integrated solution to help subcontractors streamline their pre-construction and take on more projects. "We are thrilled to partner with Bespoke Metrics, a like-minded, innovative company focused on making contractors' lives easier. The construction tech space has few options for integrated Prequal, Procurement and Financing, and we are excited to be at the forefront with Bespoke Metrics" says Anwar Ghauche, Founder and CEO of Constrafor. "Prequalification and procurement go hand in hand, and we couldn't think of a better company to work with than Constrafor" said Michael Ho, CEO at Bespoke Metrics. "We share the same beliefs around using data analytics and technology to mitigate risk and ensure the success of our subcontractor partners." About Constrafor As a SaaS and fintech innovator purpose-built for construction, Constrafor is setting new standards of productivity and cost-efficiency for the way GCs and subcontractors manage essential back-office tasks and financial transactions. For General Contractors, Constrafor's robust cloud platform streamlines and standardizes subcontractor procurement & administration, including contracts, COIs, invoices & payments and diversity procurement – all in one place. For Subcontractors, the platform offers fast and cost-effective receivables financing, including an Early Pay Program (EPP) that shortens invoice payment time, frees up cash and allows them to take on more projects. About Bespoke Metrics COMPASS by Bespoke Metrics is a leading prequalification platform that supports data collection, verification and analytics across the entire construction supply chain. Unique to COMPASS, Subcontractor data is collected through the standard universal 1Form. General Contractors receive data-driven analytics to support decision making to mitigate project and default risk. Subcontractors have full control over who can see their data, utilize 1Form for all their prequalifications and data requests, and deliver powerful analytics to gain new business opportunities.

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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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Engineering Firm Psomas Acquires Seattle-based Firm KPG

Psomas | January 19, 2022

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