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The Fallacy of the Broken Window Fallacy

By Henry Purdy, iSqFt’s Vice President of Product Management

There is an economic principle called the Broken Window Fallacy, created by the French economist, Frederic Bastiat, in 1850. The parable, heavily paraphrased, goes something like this. Read more

Warning: Better Times Ahead for Commercial Construction

By Henry Purdy, VP of Product Management, iSqFt

Last week iSqFt posted to Twitter and Facebook a story about McGraw-Hill Construction’s “Momentum Index,” which rose 5.2 percent in April, to the highest level since 2009[1]. This is a statistic that measures activity for nonresidential building projects in the planning stages and it’s noteworthy for a couple reasons. Read more

Digital Takeoffs Deliver Surprising "Soft" Cost Savings

By Jeff Gerardi, President of ProEst Estimating Software

It’s no surprise that many companies are still doing takeoffs the old fashioned way – using a pencil, paper, and spreadsheets. After all, change is hard and there’s comfort in the status quo. But given my position, I think it’s important to remind people why making the switch to digital takeoffs is worth considering.

Time and money are hot commodities in the construction industry. What if I told you that switching to digital takeoffs will not only save you time, but save you money as well? Let me explain.

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Conversations from the Field: Targeting Success

In talking with people in the industry, I’m always surprised at how different their experiences are. One manufacturer or general contractor will say that they can’t find enough jobs to bid on, that things have all but dried up for them. Another will say he just doesn’t have time to look at all the jobs out there.

While most of the time these comments come from manufacturers or GCs who don’t use iSqFt, I’ll admit that I’ve heard comments like those from iSqFt subscribers too. In those cases, I always ask the same thing: Who’s your direct point of contact at iSqFt?

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Creating New Relationships

Over the years, I’ve talked with a number of manufacturers who have been looking to expand, or have already expanded, into new markets, but didn’t have the tools to build and strengthen relationships with distributors or manufacturer reps. Especially these days, that might sound like a high-class problem, but it’s a problem nonetheless. And it’s no coincidence that iSqFt has tools to help you solve that exact issue.

iSqFt for Manufacturers customers going into a new market know they have two things in particular that will help them create new relationships or even strengthen existing ones:

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Conversations from the Field: Manufacturer in the Middle

By Dave Conway
President and CEO, iSqFt

On a recent visit to talk with some of iSqFt’s customers, I stumbled across one of my very favorite opportunities: I got to talk with someone who knew about our company, had thought about subscribing, but wasn’t yet convinced it would be a good move for his manufacturing business. Read more

Craftsmanship is Alive and Well in San Antonio, Texas

When you talk about commercial construction with anyone inside the industry you’re liable to hear words like, “efficiency,” “streamline,” and “practical.” It’s rare to hear people talk about artistry, ornamentation, or beauty.

But there is still a place for it, in our efficient corner of the world–a place that recognizes function, but values form. A place where cost isn’t the only factor and basic equals boring. Victor Salas is there to serve that corner of the market with old-world craftsmanship.

To see what happens when art meets ARTchitecture Click here.

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ConsensusDocs and iSqFt: Making Things Easier for You … Again

You know us. We’re always trying to add a little more efficiency to your processes. One of our latest developments does just that. And, believe us, it saves you a lot of paperwork.

We’re talking about iSqFt’s partnership with ConsensusDocs. Using this unique-to-market program, we’re offering online access to industry-standard documents that make ordering, prequalification, and multiple contract forms a one-and-done process.

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A Look Back: Most Impressive Construction Projects of 2012

Exciting things are happening in the construction industry. Around the world, projects are being designed, built, and completed that challenge the conventional perception of possibility. And in 2012, the world added many new projects to the list of Modern Marvels.

At iSqFt, we honor the achievements and accomplishments and celebrate the end of a great construction year with three of our favorite completed projects.

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Keeping Costs Down: The Importance of the Preconstruction Process

In the construction process, saving time, money, and other resources is something that begins at the beginning. From project ideation to preliminary execution, there are numerous ways project owners and contractors can find these efficiencies to add to the project’s bottom line.

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