How Coding Impacts Construction

StratusVue looks internally for where the Construction Industry is going.
Featuring: Gannon Riley

How Coding Impacts Construction

Coding, or software programming, has become an increasingly important aspect of the construction industry. From design and planning to construction and maintenance, coding has a significant impact on every aspect of the construction process.

One of the main ways coding impacts construction is through computer-aided design (CAD) software. CAD software is essential for creating blueprints and plans for construction projects, and coding is used to create and program these tools. This allows construction professionals to create detailed and accurate designs, which can be modified and refined as needed.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is another important aspect of construction that is impacted by coding. BIM is a digital model that helps architects, engineers, and contractors collaborate and make informed decisions during the construction process. Coding is used to create and program BIM software, enabling construction professionals to create detailed and accurate models that can be used to plan and execute construction projects.

Coding also plays a significant role in the construction of equipment and machinery, including cranes, excavators, and bulldozers. Coding is used to program these machines, allowing for greater efficiency and accuracy, as well as improved safety on construction sites.

Project management is another important aspect of construction that is impacted by coding. Coding is used to create project management software, which helps construction professionals manage their projects more effectively. This software can track schedules, resources, budgets, and more, providing real-time data that helps construction professionals make informed decisions.

Coding is also used to create safety management software, which can help monitor and analyze safety data on construction sites. This helps identify potential safety risks and implement proactive measures to prevent accidents and injuries. Additionally, coding is used to create predictive maintenance software, which can analyze data on equipment and machinery to predict when maintenance is required, reducing downtime and improving overall efficiency.

In conclusion, coding has a significant impact on the construction industry, affecting everything from design and planning to construction and maintenance. By automating tasks, improving accuracy, and providing real-time data, coding helps construction professionals work more efficiently and effectively, leading to safer, faster, and more cost-effective construction projects.

Exploring the difference between record keeping and document control

StratusVue looks internally for where the Construction Industry is going.
Featuring: MariaChristina Pintor-Garcia

Exploring the difference between record keeping and document control.

Record keeping and document control are related, but distinct activities that are important in any organization.

Record keeping refers to the systematic process of creating, maintaining, and storing records in a structured manner, with the goal of preserving information for future reference. This information can include anything from financial data, customer records, and employee information, to legal documents and contracts.  The primary focus of record keeping is to ensure that important information is accurate, accessible, and secure.

Document control, on the other hand, refers to the management of documents throughout their entire life cycle, from creation to archival or destruction. It includes processes for controlling the creation, distribution, review, approval, and revision of documents, as well as the storage and retrieval of these documents.  The primary objective of document control is to ensure that only the latest and most accurate version of a document is in use, and that all stakeholders have access to the correct document at the right time.

In summary, record keeping is concerned with maintaining a complete and accurate record of information, while document control is concerned with ensuring the proper management and dissemination of documents.  Both activities are important for effective information management and for ensuring compliance with regulations and standards.

Why it is so important to have document control and record keeping within the construction industry?

Document control and record keeping are important in the construction industry for several reasons:

    1. Legal compliance: Construction projects are governed by numerous laws and regulations, such as building codes, health and safety laws, and environmental protection regulations. Document control and record keeping help ensure that a construction project complies with all applicable laws and regulations.
    2. Quality control: Record keeping, and document control are essential for tracking the quality of materials, workmanship, and processes during construction. This information can be used to identify and correct problems before they become more serious and costly.
    3. Project management: Construction projects can be complex and involve many different parties, including contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and owners. Document control and record keeping help keep track of all the important information and documentation related to a project, such as schedules, budgets, and progress reports.
    4. Communication: Effective communication is essential for the success of any construction project. Document control and record keeping help ensure that all parties involved in a project have access to the information they need to make informed decisions and communicate effectively.
    5. Historical record: Construction projects create a significant amount of information that can be valuable for future reference. Document control and record keeping ensure that this information is organized and preserved for future use.

In conclusion, document control and record keeping are critical for the successful completion of construction projects, from ensuring legal compliance to facilitating communication and preserving a historical record of the project.

Why digitizing the process of document control and record keeping is so important in construction?

Digitizing the process of document control and record keeping in construction is important for several reasons:

    1. Improved efficiency: Digitization streamlines the process of document control and record keeping, making it faster, easier, and more efficient. This can save time and reduce errors compared to manual processes.
    2. Better accessibility: Digital records can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, with the right permissions. This makes it easier for construction teams to share information, collaborate and make decisions, even when they are working remotely or in different locations.
    3. Enhanced security: Digital records can be secured with password protection, encryption, and backup systems, providing a higher level of security for sensitive information than paper records.
    4. Better compliance: Digitization can help construction companies meet regulatory requirements, such as maintaining accurate records of safety procedures, material specifications, and contract terms.
    5. Improved accuracy: Digital record keeping systems can automate the process of data entry, reducing the risk of human error, and ensuring that records are up-to-date and accurate.
    6. Reduced costs: Digitization can also lead to cost savings by reducing the need for paper, ink, storage space and the costs associated with manual record-keeping processes.

Overall, digitizing the process of document control and record keeping in construction can improve efficiency, increase accuracy, and enhance the overall success of a project.

The Next Big Shift in Construction

Featuring:  Brian Anson

What is the next big shift in construction?

The next big shift in construction is expected to be towards more sustainable and efficient building practices, with a focus on reducing waste, minimizing the carbon footprint, and using technology to improve the design, planning, and execution processes. This shift may also involve an increased use of prefabrication, modular construction, and building information modeling (BIM) technology to increase efficiency and decrease costs. Additionally, there is a growing trend towards smart buildings and the integration of internet of things (IoT) technology to improve the overall functionality and sustainability of buildings.

So how are general contractors to accomplish that then?

General contractors can achieve the next big shift in construction by adopting the following strategies:

    1. Embracing technology: Implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, using 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality for visualization, and using project management tools to streamline processes.
    2. Implementing sustainable practices: Making use of green materials, optimizing energy efficiency, and incorporating renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power.
    3. Prefabrication and modular construction: Building components in a controlled factory environment and transporting them to the site can help reduce waste and increase efficiency.
    4. Collaboration and communication: Encouraging collaboration between all project stakeholders, such as architects, engineers, and subcontractors, and using cloud-based tools to share information and streamline communication.
    5. Employee training and development: Investing in training and development programs to build a highly skilled workforce that is equipped to handle the challenges of the new construction landscape.

By adopting these strategies, general contractors can remain competitive and help drive the industry forward in a more sustainable and efficient direction.

What would be the most impactful?

The most impactful strategy for the next big shift in construction would likely be the integration of technology, specifically Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other digital tools, as it has the potential to transform the entire construction process from design to execution. BIM enables the creation of a digital twin of the building, allowing for better visualization, collaboration, and communication between stakeholders, leading to improved decision-making, reduced waste, and higher efficiency. The use of digital tools can also provide real-time data and insights, enabling more accurate forecasting and planning.

In addition, the adoption of sustainable building practices, such as using green materials and optimizing energy efficiency, can have a significant impact on reducing the carbon footprint of the construction industry and promoting more environmentally friendly and efficient buildings.

Overall, both the integration of technology and the adoption of sustainable building practices have the potential to bring significant benefits to the construction industry and have a lasting impact on the future of building and construction.

Which field within construction would it be most beneficial?

The integration of technology and the adoption of sustainable building practices can bring benefits to all areas of the construction field, but it may have the most impact in the following areas:

    1. Design and Planning: The use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology can improve the accuracy of design and planning, reducing errors and rework, and enabling virtual prototyping and visualization.
    2. Project Management: Digital tools such as project management software can provide real-time data and insights, helping to streamline processes and improve communication and collaboration between stakeholders.
    3. Construction: Prefabrication and modular construction can increase efficiency, reduce waste, and improve safety on the construction site.
    4. Operations and Maintenance: The use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology can help optimize building operations and maintenance, reducing energy consumption and costs, and improving overall functionality and sustainability.

Overall, the integration of technology and the adoption of sustainable building practices can bring benefits to all areas of the construction field and help drive the industry forward in a more efficient and sustainable direction.

Own, Visualize And Execute On Your Construction Data

Todd Musser, Dan Vos Construction Company

Obstacle: Unable to access or evaluate project data.

Solution: StratusVue Open APIs and visualizations provide complete access to view the organizations project data.

Overview: As a General Contractor, Todd Musser at Dan Vos Construction Company, found true value in having access to their project data through the StratusVue open APIs. They are now able to guide their business decisions and improvements to various levels within the Organization.  Specifically, allowing their leadership team to make data driven decisions by utilizing PowerBI to visualize high-level performance data, then drilling into project and individual detailed metrics.

Quote: “Having access to our data at any time gives us the ability to make educated business decisions, not only for projects but as an organization. It’s a true competitive advantage.”

More Info: Request a Demo

Make Your Company Standout With A White Label Solution

Alex Tsouvalas, FUSE Group

Obstacle: Present to the Customer with a branded product that is as unique as your company.

Solution: StratusVue’s Enterprise Subscription offers the Organization control over your domain, mobile app, branding and layout for your construction software.

Overview: As a private site, FUSE Group and StratusVue have rolled out a single tenant site branded to their specific company.  As the lead of Technology with the FUSE Group, Alex Tsouvalas led the search to find the software solution that would meet the complex demands of his team and leadership of a group company.

Want more: Read the Fuse Group press release: StratusVue Press Release

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UL Solutions and StratusVue Announce Partnership to Advance Data Transparency for the Built Environment

StratusLink™ powered by UL Solutions will link construction as-built data.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA, July 28, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — UL Solutions, a global leader in applied safety science, and StratusVue, a provider of cloud-based project management solutions for commercial construction projects, announced StratusVue’s StratusLink™ powered by UL Solutions, a partnership to further develop and integrate the companies’ platforms to enable as-built data linking and management for construction information.

“StratusVue’s partnership with UL Solutions will provide information that will help enable safer buildings.”
— John Goecke

StratusLink™ powered by UL Solutions will link construction as-built data to UL Solutions product and life safety data in UL Product iQ®, the UL Solutions online location for certification information, and UL SPOT, the UL Solutions database containing product sustainability.

“In the built environment, it is critical to efficiently leverage and access data to help advance safe, smart and sustainable buildings,” said John Goecke, CEO at StratusVue. “Linking asset information to built data with product safety and standards information will provide a better understanding of what is contained in a building. Linking information to UL Solutions presents a more holistic view of a building.”

StratusVue’s partnership with UL Solutions will provide information that will help enable safer buildings.  “This, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. Our machine learning and deep linking will allow building owners and managers to access all their building documents in an intelligent and simple way for better, healthier buildings,” Goecke said.

“Many factors are impacting the health of work environments,” said Neil Lakomiak project management director of the Built Environment group, UL Solutions. “Creating a safe, smart and sustainable building is critically important as stakeholders — from tenants and staff to visitors — have placed a heightened importance of building health and wellness as a key factor in the gradual return to in-person work. Reducing risk and cost associated with occupant health issues while helping improve productivity, work environmental quality can also help improve employee and occupant performance and increase the value of a building and company while providing visibility into potential problems so they can be addressed early and with documented solutions. Through our partnership with StratusVue, we believe linking documents to products and plans creates a holistic view into a building’s DNA and is the next step in data-driven decision making as it relates to improving the built environment.”

About StratusVue  

StratusVue provides a leading integrated construction management platform that connects people with the information they need to succeed in construction and the built environment. StratusLink has been developed to help all users semantically understand unstructured data via advanced machine learning and intelligence tools.

About UL Solutions

A global leader in applied safety science, UL Solutions transforms safety, security and sustainability challenges into opportunities for customers in more than 100 countries. UL Solutions delivers testing, inspection and certification services, together with software products and advisory offerings, that support our customers’ product innovation and business growth. The UL Certification Marks serve as a recognized symbol of trust in our customers’ products and reflect an unwavering commitment to advancing our safety mission. We help our customers innovate, launch new products and services, navigate global markets and complex supply chains and grow sustainably and responsibly into the future. Our science is your advantage.

The UL Certification Marks serve as a recognized symbol of trust in our customers’ products and reflect an unwavering commitment to advancing our safety mission. We help our customers innovate, launch new products and services, navigate global markets and complex supply chains and grow sustainably and responsibly into the future. Our science is your advantage.

Unifiy Multiple Locations

Michael Beigay and Rhonda Pike, SteelFab, Inc.

Obstacle: Maintain Consistency and Culture within Multiple Locations.

Solution: The StratusVue Platform provides flexibility and consistency to foster uniformity and  independence within each affiliate location.

Overview:  SteelFab organization has many offices within many states.  They needed a solution to provide consistency in communication while accommodating for the uniqueness of each office.  Michael and Rhonda have been able to implement successfully with power users that know the both the SteelFab SOP and StratusVue.

Want More: Watch the Full Interview with Michael and Rhonda: StratusVue’s Guest Speaker Series: SteelFab, Inc. – StratusVue

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Guest Speaker Event – May 18th, 2pm EST – Scheduling with the oracle from Oracle

Scheduling for Success with Guest Speaker, Mark Jenkins – Product Director – Oracle Construction and Engineering

Join StratusVue’s Brian Anson with subject matter expert Mark Jenkins, in their discussion about how to schedule for success within your projects and organization.  This is the second in a six part series focused on how to improve and elevate your business to the next level.

Do you know understand why others have succeeded and failed in tracking their Organizations performance through a schedule.  Find out where the industry is headed and the fundamentals that you need to know.

Schedule us into your life, whether you are new or established, because knowing why you are successful or not is fundamental.

Registration is now open! Event – May 18th – 2pm EST

StratusVue Field Ops App in IOS and Android

The StratusVue mobile app allows you to stay interactive with your team by managing your project documents in a simple manner wherever you are! Mobile apps have become more useful with construction firm owners. Business apps allow more accessibility business owners which makes organization easier. The StratusVue mobile app allows interconnectivity with your team and keeps your documents organized wherever you are.

Switching to mobile apps allows for more efficiency. Mobile Apps allow for more accuracy.The StratusVue app can be found in the Apple App store and the Google play store. You can also scan with your devices a QR code that is available on the StratusVue login page that will take you directly to the app store.

Our app allows accessibility of functions such as Daily Reports, RIFs, Punch Lists, Open Issues, Meetings and Minutes, Construction Plans and Photos regardless of where you are. Moving away from the manual process of paper reliance is one way us at StratusVue are working to get better, and faster results for your proposal.