The madness must stop. Don’t waste one more second going around and around trying to explain an issue you’re having with your construction documents over the phone. We've shown you the best tools to markup and annotate pictures, but if you have access to DWG, DWF, or DXF files of your project’s drawings you can quickly and easily explain yourself without all the confusion and frustration of trying to explain which of the 120 structural columns were set in the wrong place.
All you need is Autodesk Design Review for DWF and DXF files and Autodesk DWG TrueView for DWG files. Each program give you the ability to annotate and markup your drawings to explain issues or confusion, with the contractors, owner, architect or engineers. Stop hunching over your plan table with a scale from 1970, these programs allows you to measure from point-to-point and calculate areas for quick takeoffs.
Use the programs for as-builts, plan reviews, punch lists, and close out documents. There’s no need to wait by the extremely loud plotter sipping on your coffee anymore (why is it so loud?) and head down to your local post office (what’s a post office?), just save your document as a PDF and email it to whomever you like in seconds.
Here’s an example of a few on the things Autodesk Design Review can do:
Whether you’re looking to begin using software for the first time or update your current system, here are some ways that software can help improve your company in 2018:
Picture documentation is arguably one of the most important aspects of a construction project. They can help communicate a story, catch mistakes, and assist in warranty calls. In the past, pictures only told part of the story, because they were two dimensional and often impossible to place where they were taken on the site. Now, 360 degree photos are becoming the norm and pictures are becoming an even more powerful tool.
By all accounts, Apple has become the operating system of choice for the construction industry. According to JBKnowledge’s latest Construction Technology Report, 70% of respondents stated that they used iOS devices in 2017, and iOS was also the most used system in 2015 and 2016. Procore, another tech company that’s a favorite for the industry, has just released a fully redesigned iOS app for both the iPhone and iPad.
Early in 2018, PlanGrid announced that they would be organizing their very first annual Construction Summit, which would unite PlanGrid users and stakeholders in the company’s home city, San Francisco. At the Summit, which took place on June 10 and 11, 2018, PlanGrid CEO Tracy Young and CTO Ralph Gootee chose to announce several major product innovations and developments.
Construction Junkie's 4th Annual Best Construction Podcast Competition has officially come to an end and the results have been tallied. It was a very exciting competition this year, with several very strong competitors pulling in tons of votes.
Tracking updates to construction software is uncharted territory for many contractors and very easy to miss. I’m going to be highlighting a lot more software updates and enhancements for several of the major project management and construction productivity software that many construction professionals are using in the future. Recently, PlanGrid announced 7 new updates that its users will most certainly find helpful.
Creating submittal logs and tracking forms can be a complete hassle, so thankfully tech companies have taken notice and have begun creating tools to alleviate the problem. Earlier this week, Procore announced the release of their new Submittal Builder tool, which will scan your project’s spec book and create a submittal log within minutes.
One of the biggest hassles of site work in construction is the hauling away of spoils. It’s costly and time consuming to bring in truck after truck to take unneeded soil off to an unknown dump site. When Elon Musk and his team, The Boring Company, started digging a tunnel for a HyperLoop system in Los Angeles, they knew there had to be a better way to handle to soil than to haul it away.