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Explore our list of the top seven examples of engineering genius and modern construction marvels from around the world.

Ingenuity. Imagination. Invention. These are the three criteria upon which we chose the seven greatest man-made marvels of the modern world. Not just the biggest or the most expensive projects, but the truest examples of engineering genius, architectural innovation, resourceful project planning, fearless workers, and overcoming adversity.

From bridges to dams to artificial islands, here is our list of the seven greatest and grandest engineering and construction achievements from the past 100 years.

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A whole new year means a whole lot of changes for the industry. See how new standards could affect your next build.

With a new year before us, a new administration ahead of us, and new smarter buildings rising all around us, we thought it would be an ideal time to shed light on some prominent changes coming to the construction industry this year.

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The newest technology that will revolutionize the construction industry.

We are officially living in the future. New technology emerges every day, allowing entire industries to do things they never imagined possible.

The construction industry is seeing many of these technological advancements, too — from apps that let entire teams share project data in real-time to concrete that repairs itself. Some contractors and construction workers are using new tech today, while other concepts are still in the research phase. But one thing’s for sure: All of these innovations are coming to a jobsite near you soon, and they will revolutionize the way you think, design, and build.

Let’s review some of the most interesting tech trends coming to construction.

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This is the second post in Viewpoint’s new blog series by Richard Scott focusing on the Value of Mobile Field Technology. 

Successful Construction Starts with Usable Data

I was once told that successful construction is about effective communication and as the Field View product has evolved, this perspective has always been at the forefront of our strategy and development. That’s why when people declare, “It’s all about the data,” I emphatically respond, “Oh no, it’s not!” Data becomes useful when it is given context and has structure, or when it has transformed into usable information. “Ah, so it’s all about the information, then?” you ask. Well not quite; it’s about how that information is used to achieve the desired goal. And, in construction, that’s usually measured in terms of product quality, delivery, safety, environment, and cost. However you set about achieving these goals will be relative to your perspective, either operational or business.

The Operational Perspective
Since 2001, the Field View team has been focused on delivering benefits to the community that work within the bounds of the project. These are the people that I often refer to in terms of hard hats and muddy boots. They are the Project Managers, Construction Managers, Site Managers, Site Engineers, Quality Control Engineers and Safety Managers. These team members are primarily interested in how Field View can improve their day, allow them become more productive and provide better visibility into a project’s performance. These team members are tactical and would prefer to spend time out on the jobsite dealing with operational project issues rather than in the site cabin managing paperwork. Field View delivers productivity improvements that they appreciate and value; time savings, collaboration and project control are of the utmost importance.

The Business Perspective
With impressive feedback coming from the operational teams, it wasn’t long before Field View began to attract the interest of the broader business teams. We started talking to CEOs, CIOs, COOs and Directors who had a different view on the information they needed and the value it would bring to an organization. They talked to us about delivering process control and consistency, data integrity, business intelligence and a requirement to integrate with other business systems. They were looking at a bigger picture and wanted to know how Field View could be used to support the strategic interests of the enterprise as a whole. In 2008, we began the process of completely re-engineering Field View to address the needs of the enterprise community.

So how does Field View provide tangible value to both of these distinct groups? The answer lies in the history and experience built into the development of Field View. In my last blog post, I shared the lengthy history of Field View and the reputation we have earned. Field View is the result of 15 years of feedback and collaboration with the construction industry – listening, learning and innovating every day. Today, our enterprise customers have chosen Viewpoint to be their strategic technology partner and they realise that the value Field View brings to their business is actually greater than the Operational Value + Enterprise Value. Our Enterprise partners refer to Field View as a “Business process re-engineering tool.” I could not have defined Field View better myself and I think that demonstrates the power and versatility of Viewpoint’s products and services.

User Perspective Data Knowledge

 

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CONSTRUCTION PROJECT OWNERS- ARE YOU LEADING HIGH PERFORMANCE CONSTRUCTION?

What is your 2016 strategy to improve project performance

Posted by Sue Dengenis, Synchro Software, Viewpoint Development Partner

Owners- you have the power to improve your construction project performance and to support your contractors’ success by requiring new performance standards.   Improvement and innovation is win- win.  Yes, projects are increasingly complex; yes, supply chains are global; yes, the design world has advanced technologically. This is reality; the only certainty is that change will continue and the pace will increase.    Recognize that owners’ specifications drive innovation and progress.   Technology for design has improved significantly, primarily due to Owner’s specifying new BIM standards of practice from their design teams.  It is time to expect contractors’ project management tools to also significantly improve in order to keep pace with industry needs. Construction teams need tools that provide insight and digital integration from design through construction and into facility operations.  Read the rest…

Synchro High Performance Infographic Feb 2016

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