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Leveraging AI, Machine Learning, and Automation in 2021

Contractors collect a lot of data in the process of building a project. It comes from the field, office, and outside sources. Successful contractors are using this project data to improve the efficiency of their production and save admin time. Technology tools like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation are driving this focus and providing valuable insights that contractors can use to increase profitability.

Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is more than robots and droids. It describes all the ways that machines are able to mimic human thinking, like problem-solving, pattern recognition, and learning. It is now being programmed into powerful software packages that are being used by contractors to analyze and assess their projects. This intelligence is a powerful way to coordinate with team members and provide project monitoring.

AI is being used to create predictive models based on past project data. These models can be used to analyze projects for cost overruns, schedule delays, and other onsite issues. The software reviews past projects and compares them to current work to determine the similarities. From there it can predict potential problems and bring them to contractors’ attention before they become issues.

IoT devices are increasingly being used on-site to assist with safety and health monitoring. Smartwatches, cameras, and drones are able to detect worker proximity to other workers and potential hazards. These devices became more popular in the past year and a half due to the pandemic and the need to keep workers spaced out. The software was able to monitor who workers were close to, allowing for quick and easy contact tracing. It’s also possible to track where workers are on-site and to analyze work patterns to help improve productivity and efficiency.
Some contractors are using AI to better analyze their project schedules so they can more efficiently perform work and meet deadlines. ALICE is a schedule analysis algorithm, started by ALICE Technologies, that many contractors are using to assess and predict delays. It analyzes schedules by extrapolating thousands of possible outcomes and running simulations of a project’s 4D schedule and BIM. By adjusting the inputs, contractors can quickly see what effect it will have on the schedule.

Machine learning

Machine learning is a subset of AI and has to do with using statistical technology and calculations to understand project data and gain insights. As more data is added to the machine learning model, the software is able to assimilate the information and refine its predictions in current situations.

Contractors are using machine learning and predictive analysis to assess projects ahead of time so they know the risks and can proactively manage them from the beginning of the project. This type of analysis can monitor RFIs, project issues, and potential change orders and alert contractors to critical issues.

This learning is also being used to take real-time measurements of completed work on-site and compare them to the scheduled work to determine if a project is on schedule or not. Based on the result of the analysis, the software alerts contractors to direct their resources to address the delay. This analysis can be done across a project portfolio, allowing contractors to be more effective in their crew and equipment resource use.

One application of machine learning uses visual and audio data to identify people in photos and videos and recognize if they are using the correct safety equipment, including PPE. This information is then used to notify safety officers, superintendents, and others who can act to correct the issue.

Selecting which projects to bid on and improving the accuracy and success of bids is another way that machine learning is being used to make contractors more successful. The software can analyze the results to predict which projects contractors will be most successful on and provide insight on bid successes.

Automation

Automation, or the use of technology to perform tasks, is gaining in popularity in construction. Contractors who can eliminate unnecessary work improve efficiency, saving time and money, which leads to more profits.

Construction management and accounting software uses automation to speed up data entry tasks and help prevent typing mistakes. For example, automated invoice entry in accounts payable allows workers to pull amounts and codes from commitment records and receive notifications when budget line items are over their limits. These automations help ensure data is entered accurately and cost overruns are detected and managed.

For recurring invoice entries, where the amounts and codes don’t change, automating these entries speeds up the process and ensures that costs are coded and allocated correctly. Using a template saves time by reducing the amount of data that needs to be entered, reducing the chance for errors.

When mistakes are made in invoice entry, or an invoice allocation needs to be changed, simple invoice correction helps workers quickly make the necessary changes and move on with the rest of their work. There’s no need to worry about debits and credits, as the system takes care of those entries on the backend. The goal is to make changing invoices quick and easy while maintaining the proper audit trail.

Get the right software

If you’re looking to leverage the latest in automation, AI, and machine learning to improve efficiency and increase profits, you’ll need software that can gather and analyze data quickly. Our construction management and accounting software provide teams with the tools they need to take advantage of these technologies. Click here to schedule a personalized product tour.

Author Biography:

Dawn Killough is a construction writer with over 20 years of experience with construction payments, from the perspectives of subcontractors and general contractors. Dawn has held roles such as a staff accountant, green building advisor, project assistant, and contract administrator.  Her work for general contractors, design firms, and subcontractors has even led to the publication of blogs on several construction tech websites and her book, Green Building Design 101

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3D Printing – Limitless Potential

Construction is one of the oldest professions in the world and unique in the way that it has left visible monuments that allow us to track its evolution. From the old to the new, we can still see examples of every technological step forward we’ve ever taken.

Today we’re going to take a look at what could represent the one of these major steps. Technology 3D printing holds nearly limitless potential, from creating niche replacement parts for machines on a jobsite, printing extremely precise building materials and replacing/augmenting human labor in potentially hazardous situations like this robot that is being designed to 3d printed bridges.

This technology continues to advance at an amazing rate. We’ve seen it evolve from creating small toys and models to printing out entire homes. Once this comes into the mainstream, you’ll see the speed and ease of projects drastically increase.

3D printing technology represents a very exciting and logical next step in construction and should be followed closely and integrated quickly into your business model.

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AGC Conference 2016 San Antonio!

On behalf of the Jonas Premier Team, we would like to thank all of the amazing men and woman who came to visit our booth. Every year it truly amazes us how incredible an industry that we have the pleasure of working in! Thank you all so much for your valuable time and the amazing conversations.

 

Don’t forget to wear your Hard Hats when on site….SAFETY FIRST!!!

We’ll see all you lovely people next year at AGC 2017.

 

With Great Respect,

The Premier Team.

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Jonas Premier Construction Software Continues to Grow and Increase Client Portfolio

Brookfield Multiplex has been delivering landmark property and infrastructure assets for more than 50 years. They are a leading international contractor with a focus on sustainable growth. Their resume includes 852 projects completed with $61 billion in earnings, over 630 awards, in 7 countries. A few examples of locations where they have completed projects include the Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences in Australasia, the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto, and the home of the Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge Stadium in London.

 

According to Taylor Rogers, Project Manager at Brookfield Multiplex, the reasons they decided to partner with Jonas Premier were:

  •     Ease of use and very functional.
  •     Cloud based technology, with no hardware or software required.
  •     Diverse functionalities in one solution, such as job costing, invoicing, inventory, and PO’s.
  •     Modern graphics and layouts, which are easy to operate and navigate.
  •     Easy integration with current systems and highly scalable.
  •     Consistent reports that mimic current reports requested.

 

Cityzen Developments is one of the Greater Toronto Area’s most recognized builders with a passion for design. Their urban communities are highly sought after and their award-winning architects and designers are always pushing boundaries. Their mission is to make each community feel comfortable, convenient and refined. Projects they have worked on include the Ion Condos, L Tower, Garrison Point, Pier 27 Tower, and Absolute World to name a few.

 

Karoline Lapko, Vice President of Jonas Premier Construction Software, is pleased with the continuous growth and advancement of Jonas Premier, “Through continually partnering with new clients, our industry leading cloud construction software solution helps us further solidify our place within the market. With diverse clients such as Brookfield Multiplex and Cityzen Developments, it is quite evident that our solution meets the needs of a wide range of construction businesses. Jonas Premier has the necessary functionalities to provide our clients with a competitive advantage and truly help take them to the next level.”

 

About Premier Construction Software

Premier Construction Software is a fully integrated, cloud-based construction accounting software solution ideal for General Contracting businesses. Running in the cloud, it provides you with the ability to access and input key business information anytime, anywhere. It is built on modern software architecture, fully flexible and is simple to use. The complete offering for contractors includes: Accounting, Job Cost, Subcontract Management, Billing, Progress Billing, T&M Billing, Financials, Project Management, Bank Management, Purchase Order, Inventory, Time Entry, Integrated Document Storage, Field Mobile Apps, and Vendor and Customer Portals.

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Constructions Across the Globe

Premier’s goal is to help make the world a more beautiful place. We do this through assisting Contractors to complete their jobs efficiently and effectively. Here are our top 5 inspirational constructions that inspire our team and hopefully will inspire yours.

Regatta Hotel – Indonesia: This impressive hotel was designed by Atelier Enam, based on the nautical theme, where the centerpiece is an aerodynamically shaped hotel bound to be one of the most striking landscape features which overlooks the Java Sea

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Songjiang Hotel – China: Located in the city of Shanghai in the Songjiang district – this 400 bedroom resort is situated in a 100m deep quarry. Some features include sport facilities, cafes and an underwater public area where guestrooms will face an aquarium wall of aquatic life.

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Russia Tower – Moscow: This skyscraper was planned for the Moscow International Centre. Construction began in 2007 and is expected to be completed in 2016. This tower will stand 1,180 ft. and will contain 118 floors, 101 elevators and will hold a maximum capacity of 30,000 people.

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Mecca Royal Tower – Saudi Arabia: This building complex in Mecca is part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that strives to modernize the holy city. This complex holds world records, such as the tallest hotel in the world, tallest clock and also the world’s largest floor area.

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Zhuhai Macau Bridge – Hong Kong: This bridge is an ongoing construction project which will consist of a series of bridges and tunnels that will connect Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai – the three major cities on the Pearl River in Eastern Asia. The proposed 50 km link is expected to cost a total of $10.7 Billion USD. The project is expected to complete in 2016.

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Premier is constantly working towards making the world around us, more beautiful…We do this by:

  • Helping Contractors stay organized which leads to faster job completion.
  • Premier helps Owners and Project Managers keep track of their costs and billings on all jobs, making them more efficient.
  • We also take pride in the unique way we have integrated job costing and accounting which makes double entry to record these components obsolete.
  • We have ensured that our software is available anywhere around the world by creating a product that is true cloud, this way, anyone requiring access to a job can have it, no matter where or when they require information.
  • Premier is also extremely flexible and completely configurable which means any General Contractor can embrace the software and make it their own.

Premier’s goal as a software provider is to assist Contractors in any way they can to conduct business efficiently and effectively which in turn helps to increase our world’s beauty, one project at a time.