Headquartered in Boston, FUSE Group Extends the Technology Outlook of Their Future with StratusVue

FUSE Group - StratusVue Press ReleaseFUSE Group LLC chooses StratusVue to Improve Collaboration and Communication

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA, June 16, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — StratusVue, a leading provider of construction management software, announced today that FUSE Group is using the StratusVue solution to improve communication and collaboration on its construction projects and implement real-time monitoring of its progress on job sites.

FUSE Group identifies as the foundation for the buildings that shape our landscape. Offering a broad array of construction services and the holding company for three entities of self-performing contractors which are FUSE Builds, FUSE Equip, and FUSE Specialty.

“After a comprehensive review and vetting process, we are extremely excited to announce FUSE has committed to StratusVue for our new project management and document management software solution. This powerful, cloud and mobile-based software will significantly increase our efficiency and our ability to collaborate. StratusVue, has deep construction roots – they understand our business and our field’s needs. The product also has deep and comprehensive integration with our ERP system, Sage 300 (Timberline). It is a web-based product that can be accessed via any browser as well as a fully FUSE branded mobile app available on the App Store.” said Alex Tsouvalas.

About FUSE Group
FUSE Group is the foundation for the buildings that shape our landscape. We’re a one-stop shop for a broad array of construction services by our self-performing contractors, including general requirements, equipment and supply, concrete, and special projects.

FUSE Builds is responsible for employing the carpenters, laborers, and contractors that specialize in everything from open construction sites and ground-up construction, to renovations in active laboratories and hospital spaces. StratusVue is a key component to their success as their responsibilities are highly tied to rapid responses to job site emergencies such as floods, demolitions and rebuilds which all require and rely upon infallible collaboration.

With a name synonymous with reliability, FUSE Equip is the resource that supplies and operates the tower cranes, hoists, and heavy equipment solutions that make construction possible. They are the workers that lift your projects and enhance our lives by raising the buildings that transform the skylines of the cities we all call home. The StratusVue solution increases the energy, harnesses the grit, and builds upon the experience of the entire FUSE team.

FUSE Specialty surpasses the strategic needs of their clients by providing expertise in specialized trades such as concrete and miscellaneous Division 10 related specialties. They have proven their ability to leverage their top-tier knowledge and time-tested skills to dig in and build your projects from start to finish. Digitizing their operations and production tracking processes with StratusVue allows them to confidently face every challenge they encounter and build your project with pride.

About StratusVue
To be competitive and successful in today’s construction industry, a firm must take advantage of a technology solution that is able to manage all the information the entire team of contractors, subcontractors, and specialists use to make decisions. With desktop, tablet, and mobile access, StratusVue’s cloud-based SaaS platform is that solution.

For construction projects, transparency is essential. It provides everyone involved with a live status report of the past, present, and future of the project. StratusVue is a collaborative solution that improves and enhances transparency by allowing everyone on the entire team to see what is happening on the entire project in real time – reducing risks, rework, and delays.

With true financial integrations, accountability is an absolute necessity. It holds individuals accountable for their project actions, and businesses for their team’s performance. The StratusVue transaction log provides 100% verification of all activity on the project, allowing each team to focus their attention on moving forward.

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BidVue Case Study: Ragnar Benson Construction

BidVue Case Study: Ragnar Benson Construction

Key bidvue benefits – rbc

    • More bids received from qualified bidders
    • Faster bidding process – by up to 50%
    • Fewer questions from bidders

Background

Ragnar Benson Construction (RBC) is a full-service General Contractor/Construction Manager that has been based in Park Ridge and Chicago, IL, for over 90 years.  RBC’s clientele turn to them for professional, innovative, and collaborative approaches to their construction projects.

In the last few decades, RBC has successfully expanded their business throughout the country, and they have worked to expand the types of projects on which they work.  Their portfolio of completed projects is now made up of a wide range of different types, including everything from hospitals, office buildings, zoos, sports facilities, higher education and rail, to name a few.

Bidding & Document Management Challenges

An increased geographic and project diversity meant that RBC had to work with many unfamiliar and dispersed vendors and subcontractors.  In turn, several key challenges arose when bidding out work, including:

    • Maintaining control over prequalification and evaluation reporting
    • Managing timelines and notifications of pending bid submissions
    • Scaling access for all trades and contacts to the latest bid documentation
    • Standardizing documentation formats and filing methods

RBC had been using a fax-based bidding system that was not meeting these challenges as the company expanded.  In 2006, they began a search for a new tool that would improve their current operations and be scalable to meet their future expansion needs.

The Solution:  BidVue

After a review of the options they had available to them, RBC selected BidVue by StratusVue as their tool for managing the bidding process companywide.

“BidVue offered us all the functionality we were looking for in an easily accessible web-based platform,” said Debbie Eaker, Estimating Coordinator at Ragnar Benson.  “It also offered great value because we didn’t need to worry about per-seat or per-project licensing issues and could maximize our use of the tool.”

Some of the specific features that led to RBC selecting BidVue included:

    • One central, easily accessible repository for current & past documents
    • No file size or file type restrictions
    • Maintenance of an electronic bid book that can be utilized for future work
    • Multiple levels of access to manage call sheets and follow-up communications
    • Role-based environment for managing pre-qualification data

In addition, the services provided by StratusVue offered additional benefits.  Bidders would be able to receive personalized training sessions to ensure they understood how to use the system, and the StratusVue support team would be available to help ensure document quality and proper indexing.

Impact & Results

RBC fully implemented BidVue in the spring of 2009.  They began to see improvements in their bidding process almost immediately.

“It is so much faster and simpler to distribute our bid packages using BidVue,” Eaker said.  “We are able to manage what’s happening all across the country, and with the quality of the product, we consistently reach more bidders and get higher quality responses.  BidVue has made a big contribution towards our growth.”

Since implementation, RBC has used BidVue to manage the bidding process on hundreds of projects across the country.  They have experienced improvements such as:

    • More qualified companies bidding on their projects
    • Shorter bidding timelines
    • Fewer questions from bidders about what to bid on

Thanks to BidVue, Ragnar Benson receives better bid results in a shorter timeframe, and has the ability to continue scaling for future growth.

Key System Usage Statistics (Aug 2012 – July 2013)

    • Projects Bid…………………………………………81
    • Invitations Sent To Prospective Bidders……19,541
    • Bid Responses Received……………………….7,555
    • Plans Accessed Through the System……..183,602