Advancing Preconstruction & Estimating is easily one of our favorite industry events. It’s the only conference entirely dedicated to preconstruction — the most overlooked aspect of construction today. Project success is determined during this crucial phase, so it’s important that we dedicate resources to understanding how leading owners and contractors are effectively managing the preconstruction process.

It was a pleasure connecting with so many amazing preconstruction professionals in Dallas this week, and we were continually impressed with the insights this year’s speakers had to share. Here are some of our top takeaways from an unforgettable event.

1. When adopting new technology, implementation is key

BuildingConnected co-founder Dustin DeVan took the stage on Tuesday morning with Barton Malow’s Neal Morton to discuss how to effectively adopt preconstruction technology. While using the right preconstruction platform is necessary to keep up in today’s competitive industry, many contractors continue to cling to clunky, homegrown systems out of habit or fear of change.

Neal faced these roadblocks when making the case to switch to BuildingConnected at Barton Malow – most notably, the worry that changing systems would interrupt day-to-day operations. However, with thorough internal training and a clearly defined implementation plan, his team quickly realized the positive effects that came from streamlining their estimating and risk workflows. In the end, it was well worth the effort to tackle those internal hesitations.

2. Today, effective collaboration is pivotal to success

One of the biggest throughlines during the conference was the importance of collaboration. Given the realities of today’s industry — including silos and increasing project complexity — we need to be able to effectively collaborate to get things done. According to Doug Heinrich, Director of Estimating at Mortenson, collaboration allows his internal teams to more effectively distribute resources, pursue more work, share best practices, and make the most of the diverse range of talents represented among workers.

3. You need to get ahead of risk whenever possible

On Tuesday morning, Balfour Beatty’s SVP of Risk Management Ed Littleton gave an incredibly insightful talk about how contractors can get ahead of known risk to inform subcontractor qualification and avoid catastrophe. He shared practical advice for better connecting risk teams with project teams to identify signs that a subcontractor might be in distress, such as:

  • Difficulty providing complete and accurate submittals on time
  • The subcontractor’s field managers are not consistently on site
  • Their workforce size fluctuates, frequently includes different workers
  • Pricing requests take a long time and are found to be inaccurate

With concerns about subcontractor overextension and solvency more pressing than ever, we really appreciated Ed’s easily applicable advice for getting ahead of the risks we can control.

Thanks so much for having us!

Huge thanks to Hanson Wade for putting on such an incredible event and to everyone who stopped by the BuildingConnected booth. We loved getting an opportunity to hear directly from our customers and connecting with those who wanted to learn more about what we have to offer.

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