The construction industry has been notoriously slow to adapt to technology, especially within preconstruction. Integration is still a relatively foreign practice in preconstruction and has been that way since the beginning times in the industry. But times are changing and finally more firms in preconstruction are starting to embrace integrated technology.

Technology has always been a driving force of change and innovation in any industry. One form of technology that has infinitely changed preconstruction is the construction cloud.

Before the industry was introduced to cloud, all files and documents were scattered in multiple platform, spreadsheets and databases. Every day, firms risked the possibility of missing a sketch, not having accurate information across multiple spreadsheets, difficulty finding an important file, etc, in which case, would result in more manual labor to recreate what was lost.

Now with cloud construction software, all documents and files can reside in one application, creating a highly organized and efficient storage that anyone in the team can access, in any place with Internet connection. A remote worker and an on-field construction team member can access the same information with little to zero inefficiencies or delays and can trust that the information provided is completely accurate.

The construction cloud is just one form of technology that has revolutionized preconstruction Along with cloud, integration between various features that were once isolated are also changing the way estimating is conducted.

Beck Technology strives to be at the fore front of integrated technology. DESTINI Estimator has combined multiple individual preconstruction tools such as 2D Takeoff, 3D Takeoff, and Autodesk’s BIM 360 in one software. As a result of this, the workflow is becoming more streamlined and more efficient.

While technological advancements are sure to develop, integration between companies is becoming more prevalent in preconstruction. More industry leaders are beginning to see the value in integrating and collaborating amongst other leaders in order to produce the best possible product/value for the customer.

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