700 construction professionals participated in the 2013 Construction Technology Integration Survey, revealing the software they use, how it integrates and how it is secured.
Bryan, Texas (PRWEB) December 03, 2013
JBKnowledge, an IT services provider to the construction and insurance industries, has released the results from their second annual Construction Technology Integration (CTI) Survey. First released at the AGC IT Forum in Chicago in mid-August, the results of the survey compile answers from over 700 commercial construction professionals who completed the 30 question online survey.
“Similar to the 2012 CTI Report, the survey results elicited a mix of reactions. I was excited to see cloud and mobile adoption increasing, disappointed to see Excel and Manual/Paper processes still prevalent, and alarmed to know most companies have no cloud security policies in place,” remarked JBKnowledge President, James M. Benham, in the CTI report’s foreword.
Survey respondents consisted of builders from companies of all sizes and specialties, building from less than $1 million in projects annually to over $3 billion annually. Roughly 35% of survey respondents perform an IT related role for their company and answered questions on their company’s cloud software use and securing data in the cloud. 47.3% revealed that no cloud security policies are currently in place. Similarly, 78.2% of survey respondents said their company allows the use of personal devices for work purposes but only 40.5% of those companies request to secure or approve those personal devices prior to use.
“With so many companies still navigating cloud options, transferring data using spreadsheets, and unestablished data security policies – it is a valid assumption that next generation solutions like augmented reality will not transform construction as quickly as other industries unless there is a significant shift in budgets, policies, and integration,” asserted the report’s conclusion.
The published report and infographic comes at a pivotal time for most construction companies, as they review their 2013 IT expenses and project IT necessities and expenses for 2014. The report provides a full breakdown of the most popular software currently being used at each stage of construction, from accounting to BIM, and highlights an opportunity for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions to make an impact in 2014. The report also makes a strong argument for increasing construction IT budgets, arguing that construction falls far beyond other industries, and most Fortune 500 companies in IT resource allocation.
In addition to the report, an academic paper expected to be published in 2014 by Dr. Ben Bigelow of Texas A&M University’s Department of Construction Science, will source the data from the survey to discuss the technology that should be taught in construction higher education.
To download the 2013 CTI Report and Infographic, visit: http://www.smartbidnet.com/construction-tech-integration-survey-2013.
Because of our love for Texas A&M University, and our connection to the local community, we thought we would share something special for tech of the week.
A live stream of the redevelopment of Kyle Field.
The progress that has already been made is truly amazing, especially considering the fact that the last home game was only a few days ago! Extensive resource management planning and construction scheduling were key factors in the success of this project. The careful coordination of these two elements will allow the stadium to be in use (although in a “hybrid” state) for the 2014 football season.
“Texas A&M deserves the finest collegiate facilities and the goal is to build the greatest venue in the history of college football. Millions of people see Texas A&M University through football Saturdays in the fall and this facility will make a statement that the Aggies do not settle, we commit to excellence in everything we do. A redeveloped Kyle Field will amplify and honor our past and our traditions while expanding the intimidation factor.”
This “intimidation factor” was discussed by some of the professionals on the Kyle Field redevelopment team when they presented information about the project to students in the A&M department of Construction Science on November 6th. Aggie fans are already intimidating to the opposing team, but through the design of the stadium and an increased seating capacity, among other things, their cheers will be emphasised. Upon project completion in 2015, the capacity is expected to be 102,500.
Click here for information about the redevelopment of Kyle Field
The AEC Hackathon on November 8 was a first for the architecture, engineering and construction communities. Three disciplines came together in an environment where disruption and creative ideas are the essential tools for innovation. Hundreds of creative thinkers descended on San Diego, ready to discuss some of the challenges we face in our industry. Our President, James Benham participated in a technology panel on augmented reality – you can read his review of the event here.
“The goal of the AEC Hackathon is to be a continuous venue and vehicle for tech, entrepreneurship & innovation to come together to help shape the future of our industry. The focus of the event is not just on innovative technology for technology’s sake, but in “Hacking” into traditional processes and workflows of the AEC industry.” - ENR
We are excited to see what this type of cross-discipline collaboration will offer, especially as the V.2 event takes place again this March.
Click here to learn more about AEC Hackathon
Learn more about SmartBidNet’s powerful, simple, effective bid invitation software and why hundreds of general contractors across the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Middle East trust it to manage their bid project data.
At 10am CST and 1pm CST on November 19, SmartBidNet’s Andy O’Nan will present a free 30 minute webinar to learn how managing your projects, subcontractors, documents, and bidding process online with SmartBidNet Version 12 cuts costs, improves efficiency, and allows you to integrate your bid project data with the other technology you depend on.
Space is limited, click here to register today.
College Station, Texas (PRWEB)
October 31, 2013
In his dorm room, during his final year at Texas A&M in 2001, James Benham established JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc. Twelve years later, the company has now expanded into a leading information technology services provider and created the SmartBidNet, SmartCompliance, and SmartReality cloud and mobile solutions. The 9th Annual Aggie 100 Event hosted nearly 700 attendees at a luncheon held at The Zone Club at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field on Friday, October 25, where JBKnowledge was awarded the prestigious honor for the sixth time. JBKnowledge is one of only three companies in this year’s Aggie 100 to receive the award more than five times.
“It’s an incredible honor to be named among these Aggie enterprises from around the world. I grew up learning about entrepreneurism from my dad, but the fire really started to take root in me during my time at Texas A&M. Not only was Aggieland my company’s first official address, but it was the benchmark from which I set the goals, mission, and standards for myself, my company, and my employees,” stated Benham.
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Google may have found a way to cut construction costs by up to 50%.
Yes, 50%. Google’s secret project squad, Google X, recently released information about their latest project, Genie, which will promote collaboration of all parties involved in the design and construction of a project. Genie sounds similar to the integrated project delivery (IPD) method of construction, which promotes inclusion of all parties from the very beginning in order to reduce waste, maximize efficiency, and cut costs.
“According to Globes, a report from Genie’s development team… describes the invention as a cloud-based collaboration platform with ‘planning applications to help architects and engineers in the design process, especially for skyscrapers and large buildings. The platform includes planning tools of expert architects and engineers and advance analytics and simulation tools’.”
“The report also emphasized Genie’s potential to transform the conservative construction industry, one of the most profitable and the most wasteful, by making it more efficient and environmentally friendly at the level of design, construction, and maintenance. The report suggests the invention could save 30-50% in construction costs”
Truly amazing! At the very least, Genie could cut 30% of costs, and considering that the construction market is estimated at $1 trillion in the US alone, the savings will really add up. What is 30% of $1 trillion? ….. we’ll let you do the math.
Click here to read more about Genie.
3D printing our built environment is a hot topic, especially in the construction industry, where this technology will someday lead to major advances in the way we do business. We’ve posted about the technology of 3D printed buildings before, but with much more intricate results, this hardly seems like the same technology.
Swiss architects Hansmeyer and Dillenburger are the brains behind the beauty of what they call “Digital Grotesque.” A 170 sq ft room contains the digitally grotesque, impossibly intricate surface geometry, which was designed by computer algorithms. The resulting geometries were printed by injecting a hardening resin into sand, one 0.13 mm high layer at a time.
“The room contains 260 million surfaces printed at a resolution of a tenth of a millimeter. The 11-ton room took a month to print but only a day to assemble. The fabrication methods the duo used to print the room will, they believe, open the door to printing architecture, freeing architects to create new unimaginable buildings and also restore old ones.”
Imagine the possibilities!
Click here to read more about “Digital Grotesque”
Rocky Mountain ConTech is pleased to announce James Benham as the keynote speaker at the First Annual Construction Technology Conference, Elevating into 2014, on October 22, 2013 at Noah’s Convention Center in South Jordan Utah.
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Benham began writing code at the age of 11 and by 14 had developed his first software application. Three years later, he co-managed an ISP, providing dial-up Internet to over 4,000 users. In 2001, James founded JB Knowledge Technologies, Inc., an information technology services provider and makers of the SmartBidNet construction bid software.
With extensive experience in consulting and systems development, James’ has an ability to share a depth of technical knowledge in a down-to-earth, engaging manner and has spoken to organizations such as ASPE, AACE, CIQS, CFMA, and now AGC…
Click here to read the full article
“GeoDesign is a new and quickly-emerging technology that uses a sophisticated design framework along with advanced technology for use in planning and designing sustainable built and natural environments.”
Although design that takes geography into account is nothing new, the way Geodesign works can help us think about city planning in a different way that is more productive and sustainable. .
“The Geodesign concept incorporates the latest technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS), Model Builder, building information modeling (BIM), robotics and gaming, to capture, manage, analyze and display detailed geographic information. These technologies and applications allow professionals to come up with master plans and designs that more closely adhere to sustainable principles.”
Because of its efficiency and the large amount of information it provides city planners, 3D modeling in this setting is on the rise. We’re excited for augmented reality solutions to make their impact in the industry fueled by concepts like GeoDesign.
Click here to learn more about Geodesign.