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Conversations from the Field

By Dave Conway, President and CEO, iSqFt

You may not know my name, but you know my company. I am proud to serve iSqFt as President and CEO, and to serve those of you working in non-residential construction with what I believe is a highly effective combination of information and powerful tools. Thankfully, by and large, our customers agree.

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After the Bid: Managing the Client/Vendor Relationship

You’ve done it. You’ve won the bid. But you know that’s far from the end of process, right?

Winning a construction project bid is only the start to a new relationship that could be your next most important professional connection. But how can you ensure that you foster a relationship with a contractor or project owner that will last? Here are a few tips we’ve learned over the years.

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Going Digital During the Bidding Process: Who Benefits?

Times have changed since many of us began our careers in construction. Gone are the days of documenting projects with a pen and paper. Now, the industry has gone digital. We store our important documents online, send emails as a main form of communication, and now, we even go digital during the construction project bidding process.

But who does this digital movement in the industry benefit? It’s a simple answer, really: everyone does.

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iSqFt for Architects: Simplifying Project & Bid Management

At iSqFt, we’re helping to revolutionize the way design and construction professionals work together. Our construction network uses the latest technology to connect all construction industry professionals, ensuring that the work that needs to be done is not only completed, but done efficiently from the beginning of the process.

We’ve talked about how our services benefit those who are involved mostly in the building phases of construction projects.  But for architects and engineers, our project management tools can be extremely valuable, too. How? Well, we can give you four ways.

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Election Day and the Construction Industry

With just a little over a month before the 2012 Election, many are taking sides on a number of issues they feel passionately about. But we want to say something, too, about our side: This year, vote.

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The Power of a Network

We all know that person. You know, the person who seems to know everyone. Whether you call him or her social, outgoing, engaging, or popular, which are all true, we also see that the person has one other key trait: that person is a networker.

There’s an old adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” And while we feel having strong skill sets cannot be undervalued, and are key to having a successful operation, having a strong professional network helps you put those skills on display. But networking isn’t limited to attending professional events, having coffee with friends of friends, or passing out business cards. Instead of looking at the traditional ways of building your network, consider becoming part of one that has already proven beneficial for so many.

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Save Time. Win Bids: iSqFt for Manufacturers

Contributed by Henry Purdy, Vice President of product Management, iSqFt

We’ve seen what iSqFt can do for subcontractors and general contractors. Being part of our network means saving time. It means making more money. It means winning more bids.

But what can becoming part of the iSqFt network mean for manufacturers?

Well, it means saving time, making money, and winning bids. No, it’s not a different answer, but it is accurate. So, how exactly does iSqFt help manufacturers do these things?

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Fall Prevention on Construction Job Sites

For general contractors, maintaining a safe construction site is a top priority. In 2010, though, more than 10,000 construction workers were injured. Year over year, falls are the leading cause of death on construction sites, representing more than a third of construction-related fatalities.

And while it would be extremely difficult to prevent all injuries and falls on the job site, there are measures everyone involved in the construction process can take to ensure safety.

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