Archive for April, 2012

Early adoption of Mobile Data Collection Helps R&J Construction Thrive

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When R&J Construction was looking for a way to reduce labor costs they became early adopters of an emerging, cost saving technology that would soon be requested by their peer organizations nationwide -  “mobile data collection”.

Employees of R&J Construction recorded their time on paper timesheets that were unverifiable and required manual data entry into back office time/labor, payroll and accounting packages. Controller Paula Wiens decided to “tighten the ship” by eliminating the costly paper processes. She implemented a solution that allows employees to clock in and out of job sites using their mobile phones.

With the new mobile “apps”, R&J gained better insight into billable versus non-billable time and improved their management of mobile workers with real time GPS, time and job tracking. The solution allowed R&J to process payroll and bill clients more quickly and more accurately. It also turned the gathering of critical data for time and billing into a “paperless” process, reducing errors  and saving time.

After a few weeks, Wiens began using the application’s reporting features to look for trends and to identify ways to manage job costs. If an employee took six hours to complete a job which should normally take three hours, Wiens checked in with the project superintendent to find out what happened to increase the labor hours.

An area where R&J saw immediate savings was in fuel costs. The mobile data collection application automatically captures GPS data and calculates miles driven.  A mileage report allows Weins to audit and compare the employees’ fuel expenses with actual use to uncover any abuse or mistakes. R&J saved $6,000 the first month, when employees were notified that the GPS system was in place, and about $10,000 a month since.

Adding up the savings from paperless time reporting, jobs trends analysis and automatic mileage reporting, mobile data collection helps R&J save about $200,000 per year! The company also does more accurate job costing for clients. In addition, the data collected on mobile apps is seamlessly integrated into R&J’s Sage accounting application and their ADP payroll solution.

R&J Construction understands the power of mobile data collection to save time and money. It is. It does. It saves.

Ledgerwood Associates has aligned with two of the leaders in mobile data collection, True Wireless and About Time, to provide our clients with cutting edge technology at discounted prices.

Contact us to see how you can integrate mobile technologies with your existing Sage Timberline applications.

What are you using your iPad, iPhone or Android device for at the job site?

AGC-NM Best Buildings 2012 Announced

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AGC-NM Building Branch is proud to announce the award recipients for Best Buildings 2012.  The celebration took place on March 23rd at Sandia Resort & Casino and honored outstanding achievements in commercial construction.

The prestigious Best Buildings Awards is one of New Mexico’s most highly respected construction industry recognition events.  Unlike most building award contests, the Best Buildings nominees are judged using the highest standards including complexity of the construction process and challenges such as budget, site constraints, schedule, and project delivery method.

Best Buildings 2012 further highlighted notable achievements and leadership in construction with the presentation of AGC’s prestigious S.I.R. Award.  Exemplifying the qualities of  “Skill, Integrity & Responsibility”, the 2012 recipients of this distinguished service award were Maria Guy, Shad James and Tony Thomas.

The “Grand Prize of Show” was awarded to Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, McCarthy Building Companies New Mexico.  Industry Choice winners were also announced at the event.

 

2012 BEST BUILDINGS AWARD WINNERS

Buildings$20 million and over& Construction Management-at-Risk
City of Las Cruces Convention Center  (Jaynes Corporation)

Buildings $10 million to $20 million
Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Services Complex  (Jaynes Corporation)

Buildings $5 million to $10 million
Bosque Farms Elementary Renovation & Addition (Bradbury Stamm Construction)

Buildings $2.5 million to $5 million& NEW!! Historic Preservation Award
Community First Bank – Crockett Building Renovation  (Franken Construction Co., Inc.)

Runner-up: Buildings $2.5 million to $5 million
First Choice Community Healthcare-South Broadway Health Center  (Gerald A. Martin,  Ltd.)

Best in Buildings Under $2.5 million
Multipurpose Room at Milagro at Los Luceros  (Wayne Rutherford General Contractor)

Chrysalis Alternative School Renovation Project  (Wayne Rutherford General Contracto)

Construction Management& Building Information Technology (BIM)

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center  (McCarthy Building Companies NM, Inc.)

LEED Certifiable Project
City of Las Cruces Convention Center  (Jaynes Corporation)

New Life Homes (Gerald A. Martin, Ltd.)

ACE Leadership High School – Student Award
Mesa Middle School-Las Cruces Public Schools (Bradbury Stamm Construction)

Community Impact Award
Artesia Public Safety Complex  (Bradbury Stamm Construction)

AGC would like to thank all those who joined us  join us at Best Buildings to celebrate these
outstanding projects!

From AGC-NM Building Branch

April 19th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

AGC-NM Best Buildings 2012 Announced

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AGC-NM Building Branch is proud to announce the award recipients for Best Buildings 2012.  The celebration took place on March 23rd at Sandia Resort & Casino and honored outstanding achievements in commercial construction.

The prestigious Best Buildings Awards is one of New Mexico’s most highly respected construction industry recognition events.  Unlike most building award contests, the Best Buildings nominees are judged using the highest standards including complexity of the construction process and challenges such as budget, site constraints, schedule, and project delivery method.

Best Buildings 2012 further highlighted notable achievements and leadership in construction with the presentation of AGC’s prestigious S.I.R. Award.  Exemplifying the qualities of  “Skill, Integrity & Responsibility”, the 2012 recipients of this distinguished service award were Maria Guy, Shad James and Tony Thomas.

The “Grand Prize of Show” was awarded to Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, McCarthy Building Companies New Mexico.  Industry Choice winners were also announced at the event.

 

2012 BEST BUILDINGS AWARD WINNERS

Buildings$20 million and over& Construction Management-at-Risk
City of Las Cruces Convention Center  (Jaynes Corporation)

Buildings $10 million to $20 million
Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Services Complex  (Jaynes Corporation)

Buildings $5 million to $10 million
Bosque Farms Elementary Renovation & Addition (Bradbury Stamm Construction)

Buildings $2.5 million to $5 million& NEW!! Historic Preservation Award
Community First Bank – Crockett Building Renovation  (Franken Construction Co., Inc.)

Runner-up: Buildings $2.5 million to $5 million
First Choice Community Healthcare-South Broadway Health Center  (Gerald A. Martin,  Ltd.)

Best in Buildings Under $2.5 million
Multipurpose Room at Milagro at Los Luceros  (Wayne Rutherford General Contractor)

Chrysalis Alternative School Renovation Project  (Wayne Rutherford General Contracto)

Construction Management& Building Information Technology (BIM)

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center  (McCarthy Building Companies NM, Inc.)

LEED Certifiable Project
City of Las Cruces Convention Center  (Jaynes Corporation)

New Life Homes (Gerald A. Martin, Ltd.)

ACE Leadership High School – Student Award
Mesa Middle School-Las Cruces Public Schools (Bradbury Stamm Construction)

Community Impact Award
Artesia Public Safety Complex  (Bradbury Stamm Construction)

AGC would like to thank all those who joined us  join us at Best Buildings to celebrate these
outstanding projects!

From AGC-NM Building Branch

April 19th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

ENR Readers Recommend Hard Dollar

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Here’s an announcement of interest to companies in the infrastructure; mining, oil & gas; shutdowns, turnarounds and outages (STO); power; and process industries.

FutureTech Reader Survey Reveals Hard Dollar as Leading Project Cost Management Solution

SCOTTSDALE, AZ–(Marketwire -03/22/12)- Hard Dollar Corporation, the category creator and worldwide leader in Project Cost Management software solutions for capital projects, announced the inclusion of Hard Dollar in the Engineering News-Record (ENR) FutureTech newsletter article “Hot Tech Topics” published March 12, 2012.

In the ENR reader survey, open-ended questions prompted readers to suggest which products they considered “the best new tech tools they use now as well as the tech tools they would like to see in the future.” Hard Dollar was the only Project Cost Management system recommended in the entire survey.

The group, comprised primarily of IT project managers, listed Hard Dollar as one of the 159 recommended software products that “they are now using with good results that have potential to improve their jobs, or even the entire industry.”

The inclusion as a top technology tool supports Hard Dollar’s consistent record growth, and mass adoption worldwide by owners, EPCM’s and contractors, as the single choice to build cost model estimates, cost and resource load schedules, measure progress, and forecast ompletion in capital projects.

About Hard Dollar

Founded in 1989, Hard Dollar Corporation is the category creator and leader for Project Cost  Management (PCM) solutions. Over 800 Owner, EPC, and Contractor customers worldwide within infrastructure, mining, oil & gas, STO, power, and process industries utilize HD software. Hard Dollar’s PCM solution centralizes project cost and productivity — connecting estimates and budgets, schedule, progress, and forecasting. Customers routinely reduce project costs by 15 percent and increase salaried worker productivity up to 300 percent. HD software has been used to construct over $1 trillion in capital projects and is sold and implemented around the globe. For more information, visit www.harddollar.com or call 800.637.7496.

 

How to Reduce Construction Labor Costs without Reducing Your Labor Force by Using Mobile Data Collection

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According to Joseph Contomo, author of an American Payroll Association study on timekeeping – “The Incredible Time Machines: Taking Time Clocks Out of the Dark Ages, “ payroll clerks, timekeepers, department managers and millions of employees have viewed the recording of time as a constant source of error and problems almost since the beginning  of the Industrial Revolution.”

These problems equate to elevated labor costs as a result of manual timekeeping  due to:

  1. The time it takes to manually compute hours worked per employee.
  2. Errors made in manually computing time.
  3. Lost time – also known as time theft.
    Note: Robert Half Associates conducts an annual survey of theft of
    time and estimates that the average worker “steals” four hours and 18
    minutes of time – or more than one half a day’s pay –  per week.

Advancements in mobile technology allow employees to record time either in real time or via after the fact allocation all-the-while tracking employee whereabouts with GPS. From standard feature phones to PDAs, iPads and Netbooks, these devices may be enabled as GPS enabled tamperproof timeclocks to collect data from the field such as employee arrival at  job sites to job transfers, phases, codes, quantities and  even equipment time tracking.

Furthermore, data may be automatically exchanged via  TimberCloud or a pre-built server connector which allows administrators to enter data once – into Timberline – and make it viewable and accessible without dual entry via the mobile app.


Ledgerwood Associates has aligned with two of the leaders in mobile timeclock solutions,
True Wireless and About Time, to provide our clients with cutting edge technology at discounted prices.

Contact us to see how you can integrate mobile technologies with your existing Sage Timberlline applications.

 

Mobile Technology is a Game Changer for Construction

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Adapted from an article published at www.constuctech.com  March 28, 2012

Mobile technology is a game changer for the construction industry, which relies on communication and collaboration among many invested parties within the lifecycle of a build. As the industry continues to adopt technology solutions, going mobile is a natural extension for many construction professionals looking to take their investment to the next level.

For that reason, a number of construction-technology providers are expanding their product portfolios to include mobile capabilities.

One solution for AEC (architectural, engineering, and construction) firms offers a complete system for capturing and managing project information from the field to the back office. By keeping project team members accountable for cost, scope, and schedule, the solution helps adopters deliver
projects successfully.

Construction professionals can access construction field-management functionalities from mobile devices such as the iPad and those that run the Microsoft Windows mobile platform. The app allows field staffs to view and manage project information such as punch lists, inspections, and daily
construction reports in real-time. Data collected in the field is automatically synced with data back in the office.

Another company also offers a mobile component to its software solution as part of the company’s enhancement to its cloud-based construction program-management software. The app extends the functionalities of its enterprise software into the field, therefore increasing project teams’ productivity and improving project delivery quality. The solution gives access to project data in real-time, giving project managers more freedom to act on issues immediately. All actions are synced for project members to see and the app can be used on Apple devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

As smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices become more ubiquitous in today’s society, these devices are following professionals to work. On the construction jobsite, mobile components of
construction project-management solutions offer the ability to improve communication and collaboration among team members, while reducing costs and contributing to faster project delivery.

 

How are you using mobile technology in your business?

Ledgerwood Associates Consultants can help you sort out the technology options and help you improve all of your business processes.