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Monday, June 11, 2012

Vertigraph launched SiteWorx/OS version 5.0 to streamline the site excavation process

Vertigraph, a noted provider of takeoff and estimating software for the construction industry, just launched of its updated and improved SiteWorx/ OS Version 5.0 on-screen cut-and-fill software.
SiteWorx/OS version 5.0 contains innovative technology with craftsmanship to make the site excavation process more accurate.

This newly launched software has promoted takeoff and estimating to an advance level.

Enhancements with SiteWorx/OS version 5.0  
  • Cross sections
  • Length measurement tool
  • Site balancing tool
  • User interface is developed for quick input and uncomplicated editing of items
  • Cut and fill volumes are now disclosed under any area placed on the site.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Planswift make upgradation to its product by launching newest version i.e.PlanSwift 9.3

Planswift just introduces the latest version of its flagship product i.e. PlanSwift Professional version 9.3.

This newly launched software has included several enhancements toward the requirement of construction industry professionals.

PlanSwift 9.3 is incorporated with your paid annual maintenance program. Annual maintenance empower the users to avail all program updates, upgrades, technical support and get entrance to the plugin store. If any user does not undertake the maintenance plan, then he can upgrade online here -
PlanSwift also arrange a free one-hour demonstration with an experienced estimator for their new version.
Some exclusive features of PlanSwift 9.3  : 
  • Locks projects with job locking option facilitating users to avoid overwriting the work performed by another users.
  • Double click to discontinue recording and begin a new section
  • Show Page Scale at top left of page
  • Demonstrate Measurement Type at the bottom center of page
  • Present unit of measure on digitized items in page list
  • Opt for pages from Takeoff Summary devoid of going over to the page list
  • With Duplicate Item option the user will be able to generate a replica of the chosen item in the Takeoff Summary and Template sidebars for quick replication of items.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Enhance your takeoff, estimating, and proposal management procedures with ProContractorMX™ by Maxwell

Maxwell introduces ProContractorMX™ containing robust and comprehensible features to enhance your takeoff, estimating, and proposal management procedures. ProContractorMX Estimating Construction Project Management Software utilizes the On Premise / Client Server Operating Environment.
ProContractorMX™ provides a complete construction software solution to be applied with the complications of the entire project lifecycle. The users will get solutions under one roof with uninterrupted control and flawless workflow across applications that range from takeoff and estimating through job cost accounting and project management, and finally for critical reporting and analysis.

Friday, June 1, 2012

One Stop Green launches Online Energy Calculator to Allow Users to quantity their Solar, Water, Lighting and Wind Resources

One Stop Green just launches a complete Energy Savings Calculator that can compute prospective solar, water, lighting and wind resources along with yearly energy and monetary savings for any home or business.

The Energy Savings Calculator has the ability to obtain a user’s location and data on sunlight, rainfall, and wind speed to quantify the energy produced from renewable resources. The Energy Savings Calculator can demonstrate any predictable annual savings by setting up the average monthly electricity utilization, preferred efficiency, and the cost of the electric bill for a home or business.

With this new application the users will be able to know the actual energy saving by switching from incandescent bulbs to more energy efficient compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs. The Wind Calculator can compute the ability to generate power through wind with the application of the location’s wind speed and preferred efficiency.

The Water Savings Calculator will compute the potential to collect rainwater by utilizing historical data like inches of rainwater fall for a location. Once a user has accomplished these various Energy Calculators, they can achieve better ideas of the cost and savings concerning each solution.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

TRAKware provides end to end solution for your construction estimating process

TRAKware is a business management solution that contains an extremely instinctive synchronized scheduling system to recreate the production schedule graphically and convey it to all the personnel engaged with the project.
TRAKware provides great benefits to a large number of industry sectors that range from Retail Environments / Store Fixtures, Architectural Woodworking / Architectural Millwork, Cabinets & Casegoods, Doors & Windows, Furniture, Equipment, Oil & Gas (Rigs, Pressure Vessels, Piping, Separators, Tanks, Skids), Metal Fabricators, Plastic Injection Molding, Solid Surface, Truck Mounted Equipment and Electronics, contract, engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing, fabrication, and construction companies
TRAKware's ground-breaking and proven parametric configuration engine offers huge benefits for estimating, manufacturing, and engineering, during the complete project lifecycle.
TRAKware is mostly applied by metal fabircators. TRAKware can resolve particular issues and generate an incorporated, powerful, consistent and time-tested solution scalable to any size custom metal fabricator.
TRAKware can automatically find out instantaneous labor and material consumption from quoting/estimation through to delivery and installation, finish with start-to-finish traceability.
TRAKware plays a proactive role for midstream corrections when necessary for fabricators. TRAKware can be useful from estimation to project completion. It’s exclusive parametric quoting engine provides quicker, precise estimating to effortlessly capture all valuable project information required to drive material, labor & work order management, purchasing, receiving, inventory, scheduling, invoicing, and change-order management from the original estimator’s "take-off".
TRAKware can be set up over the divisions of the company reorganizing core business verticals as well as financials, inventory and production management.  Real-time information assimilation from the shop floor - to the top floor facilitating constant visibility and control over all dimension of daily operations. This leads to well-timed and significant decision making.      

Features : -
  • Closed-loop estimating (real time effectual feedback from estimating to production to installation)
  • Parametric configuration (to deal with the real world of three-dimensional manufactured products)
  • Job costing (compatible with any accounting software like Quickbook)
  • Project management
  • Inventory management
  • Production management
  • Change management and releasing
  • Labor scheduling and tracking (shop floor and field)
  • Work order formation
  • Warehouse/inventory/material management
  • Automatic generation of Bills of Material (BOM's)
  • Capacity management and planning
  • Work flow / business process management / process optimization
  • Fully automated shop floor data collection
  • TimeTrack mobile that assembles and reports location, time and job information from any GPS-enabled mobile device

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Nomitech introduces CostOS Version 4.3 with implanted BIM measure and parametric assemblies

Nomitech just launches the updated version of its Cost Estimating solution, CostOS 4.3.  
With this new version the estimating professionals will be able to price any phase of an estimate (from cost plan or viability to final bid) on a solitary platform, with implanted BIM measure and parametric assemblies by applying local (historic) or online data .
CostOS Version 4.3 is incorporated with Oracle’s Primavera P6, fully supporting Oracle’s technology (database, Java etc).
The users can modify their pricing layout to fulfill the requirements of various styles of tender.

CostOS  can generate parametric smart assemblies and cost models to rapidly price recurring and compound structures.
CostOS effectively work in assessing alternatives and value engineering opportunities, instantly and precisely.
CostOS  provides resource price escalations to anticipate costs over the period of the project.
The cost estimator will be in a position to produce the Bill of Quantities straightforwardly on their 3D model and verify how it is developed as your estimate is in-progress. The estimator can apply the local/server cost database, the online commercial databases (i.e. Richardson, Spon’s, NODOC) equally to locate cost data compatible with the chosen entities and directly allocate this data to their model.
CostOS facilitates a construction company to create a network involving suppliers and subcontractors and maintain a record of the cost efficiency of its equipment fleet, a database with cost rates from diverse geographical regions.
The quantity takeoff of anyproject (Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, HVAC, Electrical etc) is greatly enhanced with unmatched precision.
With CostOS’s system recognition the estimator can perform on mechanical models with superior accuracy & speed and effortlessly detect omissions or inaccuracies of the design and revise their estimate consequently.
The 3D cost viewer produces a visual illustration of the cost. Connect to an entity of the 3D model and notice immediately the resources and the cost associated with it. Utilize various layouts and offer the project owner with a visual observation depicting what he will acquire for his budget. Designers, Contractors and Project Owners can interrelate easily and bring the most cost effective or best value for money solutions. 
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

How iPads and Android tablets are utilized to smooth the construction process

Now-a-days technology has brought a sea change in construction sectors. The third-generation iPad and improving Android tablets are playing a vital role for every construction industry.
The contractors can utilize iPads for gathering information form project blueprints and architect’s drawings to schedule and material inventory. The contractor can just open up his blueprints application, markup the issue and email it to the architect. With iPad the contractors can snap panoramic photographs during the construction phases tagged with the location wherever the image was located.
After the completion of the project iPad facilitate building owner to view what’s located behind the walls and present the view of the photographs previously snapped of the same location.   
iPad can generate a x-ray vision to the contractors and worker for viewing through wall,  3D walk-throughs of a blueprints and instant amendment of specifications all through theconstruction process.
The contractors can walk around the job site with reorganized documents in a electronic tablet.
iPads are connected with the other computer systems that conveys minute information from project blueprints, architect’s drawings, schedules and material inventory.
The contractors can get a clear view of the site and deliver it to the design and get design solution within a second.
By applying iPads, contractors can show up to the job site prepared prior to meet with other team members of the project and having different set of drawings. The construction professionals can also receive a constantly updated version of blueprints at their fingertips.
The contractors can take a sequence of photos with a wide-angle photographic lens before the drywall goes on and stitch them with iPano which provide a total pan of the room to maintain record. As for instance, if a leak is detected, the contractor can locate the area prior to splitting the wall apart by using the iPad to view accurately where the pipes in question are located.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Small home builders and contractors can improve their estimating process with Job Simplicity, a product suite from HomeFront Software

Small home builders and contractors can improve their estimating process with Job Simplicity, a product suite from HomeFront Software.
Job Simplicity is a product suite from HomeFront Software, intended for small home builders and contractors.
Job Simplicity is a complete building & construction management software utilized to control the full phase from bid management, job costing, estimating, purchasing, scheduling, service coordination to building. Job Simplicity can easily reduce expensive errors and get better bottom line for you.
Job Simplicity is directly integrated with QuickBooks® & Simply Accounting by Sage without replacing the financial reporting and accounting system. 

By applying Job Simplicity, the users will be able to get job cost reports on the fly and keep control on their projects and productivity.
With Job Simplicity, one entry goes through the entire system and runs effortlessly to your Simply Accounting  software.  The users can easily take control of profits as the software contains real time variance & costtocomplete reporting, cash flow forecasting and profit analysis.
Top notch features of Job Simplicity :-
  • Accurate job costing containing flexible workbreak down structures.
  • Availability of tools for controlling various schedules per job as well as conflict control and trade notifications
  • Get the Web to Work:  distribute information, documents & drawings amid your customers & trades.  Handle your schedules and request POs from the field on any handheld device
  • AP invoice workflow with scanning optimized for PO and Subcontract authorization
  • Estimating tools for unit takeoff and bid management
  • Produce POs and subcontracts from an estimate
  • “What If” pricing/profit developments for jobs, models, and options derived from real or forecasted costs.
Job Simplicity can be accessed in both Commercial & Residential versions. 
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Some advance application useful for electrical engineers

Electrical Pro includes 4 in 1 app useful for electrical engineers, technicians and master electricians. Electrical Pro can easily work out several crucial electrical and technical calculations.

Electrical Calc Elite™ is compatible with both Android and iPhone. Electrical Calc Elite™ is designated for electrical professional designers, electrical engineers, master electricians, electrical maintenance managers, electrical inspectors and lighting specialists. Electrical Calc Elite™ is derived from National Electric Codes (US) and can rapidly and precisely solve code-related issues.

ElectroDroid is very useful for electronic engineers and hobbyists. ElectroDroid contains an user-friendly interface and compilation of electronics tools and reference. This app covers resistor colour code decoder, Ohm’s law calculator, voltage divider and a number of more applications. It is available with both free and pro version.

Voltage Drop Calculator is another useful tool for electrical engineer being utilized for computing voltage drop for a particular conductor, mode to output percent volt drop for a certain circuit length, wire gauge, and current. This crucial application can also find out wire size to fulfill particular voltage drop limits.

Electrical engineers/technicians are benefitted with this application as it can determine fault through a transformer and over a line and invigorating de-rate calculations. It is available with free and Pro version. Free version is restricted to fault during a transformer calculation.

This application is well matched with iPhone and facilitates users to get in touched with electrical mechanical engineers all over the world. One can get recent news, explore well-liked forum discussions and be in touch with other engineers on the fly. It’s a vast network discussion application.

It is a great Android application for both profession electrical engineers and master electricians that consist of a huge selection of electrical engineering calculations and essential data as well as Ohms law, motor equations, tables and reference materials.

It is an unique Android application for electrical engineers. It intended for electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, structural, machine design, fluid and mechanical, heat and mass transfer and HVAC, thermodynamics, pulp and paper, pipe flow and automotive engineers, EngCalc includes more than 500 different engineering formulas and 100 reference tables.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Enhance your estimating process with Sage 100 Contractor

Sage, a trust worthy supplier of accounting and business management software, launched Sage 100 Contractor. Sage 100 Contractor contains more improved service management, vendor, reporting and other capacities to augment the effectiveness of the users. The software provides a unique construction system amalgamating accounting, project management, estimating and service management under one roof. The building contractor will get faster and precise way for bidding and achieve more projects by creating more estimates in quickest possible time.

Sage 100 Contractor consists of various takeoff options, industry-specific pricing databases and incorporation with Sage 100 Contractor accounting modules. The contractor can automate and reorganize their estimating procedures as every factor associated with estimating process is accounted for resulting precise cost projections.

With Sage 100 Contractor, the contractors will be in a position to keep track on subcontractors' tasks (supervise subcontractor billings & retention, get rid of overpaying and overbilling,  alleviate the risk of expired subcontractor workers' compensation, liability insurance, and safety certification) and appropriately document all subcontractor work, budgets, changes, payment information, lien waivers, and more. The information for subcontractor can easily be accessed from within one centralized system and totally incorporated with the accounting procedures.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Construction specifications - vital for suppliers, purchasers, and users of materials, products, or services in engineering, manufacturing, and business

A specification (often abbreviated as spec) can be termed as a type of a technical standard to be referenced by a contract or procurement document. It contains the necessary details concerning the specific requirements to be persuaded by a material, product, or service.

The specifications are considered very important for suppliers, purchasers, and users of materials, products, or services in engineering, manufacturing, and business as these specifications cover up a extensive collection of general issues like definitions, bidding requirements, legal responsibilities, claims & payments; with details on specific items with respect to all construction project.
CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) is a renowned association that provides the standardization of construction language related with building specifications. CSI offers prearranged instructions for composing specification in their Project Resource Manual.
CSI published MasterFormat, an indexing system for categorizing construction data as well as construction specifications. It consists of 50 Divisions, to be applied for integrating facility life cycle and maintenance information into the building knowledge base.
Almost the entire CSI approved sections contain performance and safety obligations produced by agencies like the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and several other federal and professional organizations.

CSI also publish GreenFormat, an online database that includes sustainable product attributes. Manufacturers associated with the construction industry will be able to register product information based on 5 categories in a widespread online questionnaire. All kinds of product information referenced by MasterFormat divisions and titles will be available to designers, specifiers, and building constructors.

Given below the detailed lists of construction specifications :-

General Requirements - Division 01
This specification will include particular administrative and procedural requisites that belong to all of the Technical Specification sections. The General Requirements consist of specifics relevant directly to a particular project and written independently for each project. These will develop the expansive administrative and procedural conditions inscripted in the General and Supplementary Conditions documents. These will be applicable to the work of ALL Technical Specification sections. This document also sum ups the scope of work, exercise of the site, owner occupancy of building throughout construction, Phased construction activities, numerous prime contract requisites and eliminations and additions to be connected with the Plans. The General Requirements narrate the Contractor's administrative, procedural and other activities which should be submitted by the Contractor. In General Requirements section the following categories will be available.

01010 Summary
01020 Allowances
01030 Alternates
01040 Coordination
01060 Regulatory Requirements
01080 Identification Systems
01090 References

01025 Measurement and Payment
01035 Modification Procedures
01050 Field Engineering
01100 Special Project Procedures
01200 Project Meetings
01300 Submittals such as Construction Schedule, Logs
01400 Quality Control
01600 Material and Equipment
01650 Facility Startup/Commissioning
01700 Contract Closeout
01800 Maintenance

Temporary Activities
01500 Temporary Facilities

The Contractor’s Responsibility is to comprise these items in Overhead.
Technical Specifications
Divisions 02 - 16 is known as the Technical Specifications. These construction specifications consist of the written description of the specific requirements regarding with a specific product or system. The specification provisions characterize and set up the quality level processes, standards of work and material standards. Each subsection will describe the scope, technical requirements, performance requirements, material suppliers, and quality requirements. The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) has build up the following standard MasterFormat numbering system that includes the following

Technical Specification Divisions.
CSI Technical Specification Division Numbers

Division 2 - Site Work
Division 3 - Concrete
Division 4 - Masonry
Division 5 - Metals
Division 6 - Wood and Plastics
Division 7 - Thermal and Moisture Protection
Division 8 - Doors and Windows
Division 9 - Finishes
Division 10 - Specialties
Division 11 - Equipment
Division 12 - Furnishings
Division 13 - Special Constriction
Division 14 - Conveying Systems
Division 15 - Mechanical
Division 16 - Electrical

The Construction Specification Institute (CSI) dissects each Division into Section Numbers by means of three digits and a Standard Format. The following demonstrates a portion of the section numbers for Division 02.

SECTION 02200 Earthwork
SECTION 02210 Grading
SECTION 02220 Excavating, Backfilling and Compacting
SECTION 02300 Tunneling
The CSI Technical Specification Part Numbers are included in each Specification Section
inside a Division. Each Specification Section have three PARTS in the following order.


A. Subsoil and Topsoil materials

A. Section 02050 - Demolition
B. Section 02100 - Site Preparation
C. Section 02140 - Dewatering

A. ANSI/ASTM C136 - Method for Sieve Analysis of Aggregates.
B. ASTM D2487 - Classification of Soils for Engineering Purposes.

A. Submit Cofferdam Design Drawings with engineer’s seal.
B. Submit 10 pound sample of each type of soil in an air-tight container to test lab.

A. Store and protect materials under




The Contractor has to find out whether there are any unexpected or nonstandard characteristics that may affect the cost. Supply a copy to subcontractors and suppliers if requesting price quotations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Construction Project Management & accounting software plays a vital role for construction companies

Construction Project Management can be termed as overall planning, coordination and control of a project from commencement to completion intended for fulfilling the need of the client for generating a functionally and financially feasible project.

Now-a-days industry-specific project management software plays an important role for expanding integrated project management modules to participate with the leading stand-alone project management systems.

Construction companies can reap huge benefits by applying the Project management software in their projects. The most important benefits may range from Process Standardisation (manage job by reorganizing every step of project execution, standardising project management forms like RFIs, submittals, transmittals, change requests and business letters) , Document Control (generating a single data storage source for all project documents, creating a systematic process for documenting, tracking and following up on significant issues)  and Cost Control (providing synchronized cost data to administer costs and take profitable decisions on project, providing information on budgets, contracts, change orders  etc for making prompt evaluation of project, tracking & solving the issues like cost overruns and scheduling snags early in the project). Besides the project management software also generates executive level reporting for a single job or across all projects, field administration like punch list tracking and daily report logs, change order management and purchase order management.

Given below some exclusive project management softwares :- 

Project Administrator

It is a unique project management tool intended for administration and management of building projects. This Construction Project Management software compiles all the project related information into a solitary project management software tool. The users are able to set up their own project stages and tasks, project team details, planning and legal issues, cost plans, tender, contractor and consultant data and much more. It is like a schedule tool that contains integrated schedule of rates to facilitate the calculation of project cost.  

The software is compatible with Microsoft Project and can monitor issues, risks, action items, glossary, benefits, scope changes, budget and expenditure, benefits, roles and responsibilities, phases, and even diary notes into one database. 

This software is useful for all businesses, independent contractors, and corporations and can be utilized for Engineering project management, Construction project management and IT project management.

This software can perform with Microsoft Access and SQL Server database.

The most updated version is Project Administrator Version 6 that contains some exclusive features like New security process, Gantt chart, Able to track changes to the program, One button linking of database, the total number and completed actions for issues, risks etc, Easier management of project access.

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Construction Suite 

Construction Suite is a powerful & comprehensive multi-project construction management system designated for advanced Estimating, Job Costing / Accounting Scheduling & Calendars, Contracts, Specs, and Document Management, Insurance Tracking, Company Management etc.

The software combines estimating and project management with a construction specific CRM system to bring the most complete management system for small to medium construction firms, real Estate Developers and professional Contractors alongwith Residential and Commercial Covenants to handle with multiple projects and developments.

The software also provides wide-ranging documentation for property development for example Covenants, Standards, and Specifications to save the time required for planning stage and increase your property values and lot marketability.  

The software can also predict the company's financial inflows and outflows with Cash Flow Reporting combining construction estimating and scheduling data to compute profitability across single or multiple projects.

There are five versions of ConstructionSuite software -- Standard, Pro, Premier, Corporate and Network.

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Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project (MSP, MSOP or WinProj) is a project management software program from Microsoft ideal for scheduling as well as developing a plan, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing the budget, and analyzing workloads.

This estimating software focuses on Timesheets, budget and expenditure, risk management, issues, action items, documents, variations, roles and responsibilities, quality activities etc.

This estimating software is utilized for managing and recognizing project schedules and finances, providing and exchanging project information, systematizing people and work to ensure that project is finished on schedule, empowering project manager to penetrate the tasks of a project (work breakdown structure or WBS) and allocate workers (resources) to those tasks, with cost information.

The application generates critical path schedules, and critical chain and event chain methodology. Schedules can be resource leveled, and chains are envisaged in a Gantt chart.

MS Project is available in 3 different versions i.e. Microsoft Project Professional, Microsoft Project Standard and Microsoft Project Server.

This estimating software contains some exclusive features like SharePoint synchronization, Manual scheduling, Placeholder text, Active and inactive tasks, Timeline view, Team Planner, Task Inspector etc. 

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This construction management and accounting software from BuilderMT is designated for home builders to manage and streamline internal processes. The software consists of General Ledger, Job Cost Accounting, Purchasing and Scheduling data to make the home building process smooth.

ProStart Database modules are compatible with the Workflow Management Suite, Sage Timberline and Explorer Contract Manager home builder accounting software.

The software contains some unique features like General Ledger Module, Job Cost Module, Accounts Payable Module, 1500 Bill of Material Detail level items, Cash Management Module, Ten Standard Models, 100 Standard Options per Model, Generic Options, Material Classes (Purchase Order).

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AMSI develops StarBuilder, a windows-based construction management and accounting software to deal with construction payroll, construction job contract, job cost, job reporting, cash flow management, cost coding and project management. 

The software contains the information for each job contract’s labor and material costs, subcontractor’s performance and cash position.

The software consists of some incorporated modules that includes equipment costing, inventory, document control, and AIA and T&M Billings.

This construction management software also contains huge range of optional add-on modules. Click the following links to get the add on.
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