Construction Technology (ConTech) is turning into a ‘supermarket’ of standalone apps, each addresses one-two Construction challenges: Labor productivity, field (site) collaboration, Reporting, Estimation, Bidding, BIM, Document Management, Collaboration, and the list … goes on and on!
The construction industry is very reluctant to change. Companies are mostly running Excels -on steroids- and are using old-fashioned processes for estimation, control and operations. The reason is that the Construction industry is a very unique domain of doing business. Much different from Finance, Insurance, Manufacturing where operations mainly take place within a controlled environment.
This Article argues that purpose-specific applications may only do one-two tricks but would never trully technologically advance how Construction Companies operate. Construction companies need to prioritize in Construction ERP first, and integrate along any third-party application on-demand. …
Back in the early 90’s, 00's and 10's Information and Technology industry (IT) was just another Industry. Similar to Manufacturing, Transportation, Banking, Retail etc. the IT Industry had its own market, characteristics, challenges and trends.
Business Software Vendors (B2B) were developers of systems such as: ERPs, CRMs, HRMS and SCM systems that attain a ‘horizontal’, purpose-specific, business logic but had no tangency into any specific Industry’s comprehensive business operations.
In Construction, there were several niche systems that addressed challenges in drafting, engineering calculations, economics, design management, field operations, quality control and ‘collaboration’.
Software vendors will customize and configure their ‘vanilla-based’ ERPs, CRMs, HRMS and SCM to the ‘language of construction’ whilst integrate with the niche expert systems in order to enhance their business logic. …
Geomaterials are structural elements that are used in construction, meaning that their mechanical characteristics (elasticity, tensile strength, elongation, hardness and fatigue limit) either as end-products (manufactured from earth materials) or as extracted materials, mined directly from the earth, are ideal for building structures.
Geomaterials are Rock, Marble and Sand, Cement and Concrete, Brick and Mortar, Tiles … you get the idea! You use rocks to a breakwater of a harbor, aggregates and steel in reinforced concrete, cement blocks, bricks, marble and tiles in buildings. …
My Thoughts on Project Costing:
Project costing starts from the BoQ Code Lines mostly received via the notorious excel sheet. Direct dry costs derive from the loading of resources’ costs to BoQs.
1) Extract QTO to compare LS vs Measured BoQ quantities
2) Using a taxonomy such as CSI Masterformat 2018 will assist in materials categorization and purchasing
3) The system should assist in performing aggregated e-RFQs to update prices
4) Labor cost should derive from the mean cost of each specialty directly from the Payroll
5) Machinery availability is requires
Last but not least:
- Compare your organic cost (using your own resources) with the Cost of a potential SubCo be executing a BoQ-packaged e-Procurement.
Construction, today, similarly to the Global economy comes to a HALT!
From Oil & Gas, to Buildings and Infrastructure, capital projects in all sectors within Engineering & Construction (E&C) are suffering major economic disruption.
With an emphasis on the regions we operate, mainly SE Europe and MENA, but with global applicability, we put together 9-Tips, beyond the obvious, that can mitigate the risk and reinforce business sustainability with the utilization of construction-expert business applications.
Times like these, Stay Calm and Accentuate Business Confidence.
The best way to do that is to market your company by being present to as many Bids are available. Bidding is power and is showcasing to the ‘larger’ players your efficiency and accuracy. …
Infrastructure Construction Projects are large-scale Projects masterminded and executed with the objective to improve social living conditions, executed under EPC, BOT, PPP or any other similar Contract of Public Works and designed, constructed and maintained with a long operational life expectancy, usually called Civil Works.
These projects are mainly Public Projects, funded by national budgets (public money) and/or Private investing initiatives, announced as National or International Tenders and upon concluding the Bidding Process executed by Engineering and Construction Companies, supervised by Public and Private Professional Engineering services Organizations.
These Projects are mainly:
A common type of Project development, adopted several decades ago in Europe, is now coming to GCC (and the Middle East Market in General).
On a recent article in “The National”, the Abu Dhabi, and more specifically the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), are opening the market and the opportunities by bringing into the picture a ‘new’ value proposition to companies and investors. the PPP. …
ProjectView ERP vs SAP vs Oracle vs …
One of the common misconceptions when it comes to Business ERP is: that one size fits all!
The truth of the matter is that ERP moguls such as SAP, Oracle even Infor, MS Dynamics and SAGE are mainly appreciated from an established track record in IT installations followed by an extensive network of local support partners. They all offer a range of tools starting from finance, to procurement, to manufacturing all the way to enterprise performance management. …
Estimating BoQ costs with activities sequence and duration requires the right mix of resources; mainly deriving from speculated quantities and unclear tendering specifications.
It requires a lot of experience in the industry, the market and each specific construction discipline. Still, after spending several man-days scrutinizing on numbers from different excel files, the final decision is mainly based on user’s intuition and expertise rather than analytical-rational approach.
ENGINEER — SOMEONE WHO DOES PRECISION GUESSWORK BASED ON UNRELIABLE DATA PROVIDED BY THOSE OF QUESTIONABLE KNOWLEDGE.
Sophisticated scenarios include ‘Productivity excels’ that have been created by discipline experts in the past, have been put to work during construction times and have been refined in a way that resembles construction real costs, at its best. These ‘Productivity Templates’ can play the role of the prototype molds where similar BoQ codes are quickly extrapolated with resources/time and cost. …
An admirable effort from several companies to “transform digital”.
Most of the times the digital transformation starts from the core daily operations and further extends to Marketing/Sales and other domains. From banking and insurance to manufacturing, maritime, retail and services, there is a common denominator for all core operations; Gathering of data — Capturing Information.
Throughout numerous presentations and discussions with clients, I am always trying to emphasize the fact that data should be captured on origin. Origin is the starting point or each business process. Allow me to elaborate further …
Where is this origin?
Well, emails is a very good starting point. Customers, Suppliers, Partners and mostly our own internal employees use emails to distribute electronically the data. Data in emails includes main body and several attachments. …