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  • Survey Says: Estimators Still Lean On Excel

    Survey Says: Estimators Still Lean On Excel

    " Conley Smith, Sr. Business Writer As always, the annual JB Knowledge Construction Technology report (2017) is chock-full of fascinating details. Translation: it’s pretty long at 70+ pages!...

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  • The $10 Billion Question: Is Construction Ready for New Tech?

    The $10 Billion Question: Is Construction Ready for New Tech?

    " What started out as a faint buzz about the construction industry needing to digitize is now loudly reverberating from Silicon Valley all the way to Wall Street. Yes, that cha-ching sound you...

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  • Pressure Mounting for Skilled Labor

    Pressure Mounting for Skilled Labor

    " With construction employment increasing by 228,000 jobs in March, it would appear 2018 is shaping up to be another strong year for the construction industry, placing even more pressure on the...

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  • On-Screen Takeoff is No. 1 for 6 Straight Years

    On-Screen Takeoff is No. 1 for 6 Straight Years

    " It’s always nice to be No. 1—especially if it’s your sixth year in a row! That’s right, On-Screen Takeoff® (OST) once again ranked at the top of the takeoff and estimating software sector in the...

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  • How to be a No. 1 Draft Pick On Bid Day

    How to be a No. 1 Draft Pick On Bid Day

    " When the Cleveland Browns are asked for their first-round selection of the NFL Draft on April 26th, their team leaders will likely be hunkered down behind closed doors weighing their options....

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  • 9 Construction Jobs on Hot Jobs List

    9 Construction Jobs on Hot Jobs List

    " OK, maybe it’s time to tell the kids! Some of the hottest jobs in the country aren’t associated with Silicon Valley. In fact, high-demand construction jobs can be found from coast-to-coast and...

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  • Where are the productivity gains?

    Where are the productivity gains?

    " If the construction industry is anything—it’s consistent. For roughly 20 straight years, the industry has racked up the “least improved” award for having the lowest annual productivity gains...

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  • Piecing Together Your Multi-Generational Hiring Puzzle

    Piecing Together Your Multi-Generational Hiring Puzzle

    Think of today’s hiring landscape as a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Sure, finding the puzzle’s edges may be easy if you’re anchored by the Baby Boomers who run many construction sites and the...

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  • Right Your Hiring Ship: Don't Let the Labor Shortage Sink You

    Right Your Hiring Ship: Don't Let the Labor Shortage Sink You

    " Call it a misalignment, a critical shortage, or even a perfect storm. Yes, the construction industry is facing a shortage of skilled construction workers with unfilled construction jobs becoming...

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  • Construction Industry Poised for Technology Disruption

    Construction Industry Poised for Technology Disruption

    " Call it the era of two steps forward, one step backward. When it comes to widespread adoption of technology, the construction industry appears to be at a crossroads. On the one hand, we are...

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  • Estimator Q&A: Technology Transforms the Job

    Estimator Q&A: Technology Transforms the Job

    " Technology is revolutionizing the construction industry. From grappling with a tsunami of emails to hunting down details and specifications, today’s estimator has a new role that requires...

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  • On Center Software Scores in FrontRunners Leaders Quadrant

    On Center Software Scores in FrontRunners Leaders Quadrant

    " When you’ve spent nearly 30 years helping contractors transition from manual to digital takeoff and estimating, you’re pretty confident your solutions are best-in-class. But it’s still great...

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    Overcome the Pitfalls of Estimating!

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  • Write-it-Off All the Way to the Bank

    Write-it-Off All the Way to the Bank

    " There is no question 2017 will go down as a wild year for the construction industry—a seemingly robust economy juxtaposed against one natural disaster after another. But before you kiss 2017 and...

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  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Ready to Disrupt

    Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Ready to Disrupt

    " No doubt, there are many moving parts to any construction project—whether it is a high-rise apartment tower or a housing development. As a contractor, a big part of your job is to document the...

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  • Look Backwards to Move Profits Forward

    Look Backwards to Move Profits Forward

    " Allen L. Crowley, Jr., FAIC, On Center Software Let’s face it, the ebb and flow of construction work means jobs will overlap. Projects will intersect. Crews and equipment will be spread thin....

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  • Quick Tips for Hiring a Great Estimator, Infographic

    Quick Tips for Hiring a Great Estimator, Infographic

    Hire and retain a great construction cost estimator! Check out the infographic with 5 great, quick tips on how to hire the best estimator and fit for your team.

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  • Technology is in your lap and pockets

    Technology is in your lap and pockets

    " By Greg Michael, communications specialist at On Center Software It may be hard to believe, but Apple’s iPhone was launched ten years ago, in 2007. Rarely has one product generated so...

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  • The Key Traits of a Great Estimator

    The Key Traits of a Great Estimator

    " By Greg Michael, communications specialist, On Center Software Estimating is one of the most important jobs in construction. Demand for well-qualified estimators continues to grow because...

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  • Pump out more bids with a little help from friendly software

    Pump out more bids with a little help from friendly software

    " By Greg Michael, communications specialist at On Center Software. Major technological advances in concrete material formulas are making their way into construction every year. They improve...

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  • Technology may have far reaching effects on construction

    Technology may have far reaching effects on construction

    " By Greg Michael, communications specialist, On Center Software Technology in Construction is Beyond Impactful ​ ​The pulse of the construction industry is constantly measured by economists...

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