Here you’ll find blog posts about technology, new ideas, and trends people are noticing (and using) to help them work smarter.

Construction Professionals: Building the Future

By Dave Conway, President and CEO, iSqFt

My father was an auto mechanic and I am proud of him every day. He worked hard, provided for his family, and he was good at what he did. But he wanted me to have what he thought would be a better life, and so he instilled in me a sense of importance about getting a college education. “Get that degree so you don’t have to work with your hands the rest of your life,” he would say. 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

Cre8ing Buildings that Rock

Everyone loves the look and feel of stone. On the outside of a building or on an interior wall it adds a touch of class, and you can’t beat the beauty and durability. But there are reasons it’s not used more often in construction projects, including cost of materials and installation, and it’s even worse on retrofits, when demolition adds to the hassle and price.

But what if there were a way to apply real stone over nearly any surface, without demolition?

Cre8stone, a company out of Dallas, TX, says it has the answer.

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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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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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Tablets and Smart Devices in the Construction Industry

These days, we’re all looking for ways to save time and improve efficiency, which explains the explosive popularity of mobile apps. Cell phones and tablets have become the new device we won’t leave home without, and that’s why so many developers are creating apps that not only entertain, but also make life a little easier for us all.

The construction industry, while not typically on the forefront of the technology wave, is adopting the app trend, and developers are responding and creating apps that will help construction professionals on- and off-site. Here are three, in no particular order, you may want to consider.

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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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Construction Trends: 2013 and Beyond

As the construction industry continues its recovery, commercial project designers and architects are reinvigorating the design landscape. These trends will give way to a new generation of buildings inspired by not only green building technologies, but designs that reflect nature and flexibility.

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