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Swinerton Builders: March 22, 2013

Collaboration Apps Top ENR Survey Results

Something big is happening in construction technology. It goes beyond the recent rampant growth of smart devices on jobsites and the explosive development of apps around the globe. It even goes beyond the growth of cloud computing, helping to manage large project files with faster networks that connect far-flung work crews.

As big as these trends are, an even bigger shift is happening: Collaboration and web services are becoming the norm on more and more projects and transforming how the industry operates. Construction firms increasingly are seeing the value of deploying web services, which can be broadly defined as a set of protocols that help apps to interact over web-connected devices.

Collaboration in the Cloud

The top results? Bluebeam Revu for the iPad got the most recommendations. The app ranks high with readers for its ability to view PDF plans, mark up project files and, using those markups, collaborate with work groups around the globe.

Eric Davis, a virtual-design and construction manager with consultant Swinerton, told the FutureTech attendees that field apps have changed the firm's workflow and helped it set standards. "It's a tool to create your own process and standardize" processes, he said. "What we realize now is that we also have real metrics. We have data that we can leverage." Now, the firm is using its workflows to create metrics for benchmarking. "The future is leveraging and sharing the metrics, so we can better the industry and make it more efficient," he says.

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