Construction Software Technologies, Inc. (CST) was founded in 1993 in West Chester, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, by Phil Ogilby and his son Justin. The company’s initial focus was the development of takeoff and estimating software for the commercial roofing and sheet metal industry.
The Evolution Begins
In 1996, CST released Buildware Pro Estimating software, a ground-breaking program that enabled the measurement of paper blueprints using a digitizer plus the ability to measure electronic blueprints directly on a computer screen. The technology was powerful in concept, and was revolutionary for its time.
By 2000, Construction Software Technologies turned its attention from simply being a software provider that distributed its product through conventional means to providing content in the online world. Though in its infancy, the Internet held the promise of a more efficient means of sharing information and communicating, and iSqFt was born.
iSqFt Hits its Stride
The company’s efforts were validated in March 2001 when iSqFt forged an exclusive strategic partnership with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). This provided the organization’s membership with Internet Plan Room® services, and eventually Private Construction Offices, in conjunction with the participating AGC chapters.
Using the AGC partnership as a springboard, iSqFt began a steady period of growth. By the end of 2002 the firm had secured significant investment backing, which enabled the company to continue with plans to enhance and expand its services.
A Company on the Grow
Through the 2004 acquisition of such construction notables as BuildPoint, USProjects, and BidFax, and then in 2009 the purchase of Bid News Construction Reports, iSqFt has been able to further achieve its geographic expansion and further extend its service offerings, thus cementing its position as an industry leading provider of online preconstruction management services.