Digital COM

One of the biggest challenges facing project teams today is determining how to effectively communicate and collaborate across disciplines, entities and project phases while maintaining a single source of truth. This blog will bring together voices from throughout the industry and start conversations about how project teams can better collaborate now. Follow Sasha Reed as she writes about real world examples of collaboration-related issues that various AEC firms are encountering and how they are using technology to solve them. Stay informed as Sasha shares ways to continually improve on best practices, project policies and technology usage in the future. If you would like to have your project featured on this blog, please contact Sasha at sasha@bluebeamsoftware.com.
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Posted on April 22, 2013 By Sasha Reed
As you are well aware, BIM is steadily gaining momentum here in the US and abroad.  In fact just this week I read a press release about a major city agency standardizing their BIM practices. You know as well as I do that when a city or municipality starts talking about standardizing on "future...
Posted on April 17, 2013 By Sasha Reed
During a recent customer visit with a strategic customer, I had the pleasure of solving a challenge on the spot. Nothing is better as a software solution provider than to have a customer articulate a critical need and be able to say, “We have an answer for that!” To better understand this customer’...
Posted on April 11, 2013 By Sasha Reed
It seems you can’t browse an industry website today without hearing about some new app, software, or hardware package that is going to push the bounds on the traditional ways in which design and construction are done. Case in point, a recent BD+C article about Google Glass asked the question, “will...
Posted on April 04, 2013 By Sasha Reed
It’s not every day I get to speak with a project owner and gain valuable insight from the top of the chain. However, this past week, I was able to do just that during the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Southern California Chapter’s Awards Banquet. Some of the top project...
Posted on March 21, 2013 By Sasha Reed
Over the last week and a half I’ve been on the road attending two technology conferences: Launch Festival and South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW). Both of these conferences are platforms for startups and established companies to launch their new products. At Launch SF, I was able to speak with...
Posted on March 07, 2013 By Sasha Reed
A commenter posed an interesting question to a recent post of mine: “Would you rather work with a facilitator or manager?” It is his observation that in our process to manage communication and interactions on projects we often times are more concerned with control than keeping everyone informed....
Posted on February 27, 2013 By Sasha Reed
While browsing through some magazines on a recent flight, I read a cautionary tale about one of the first BIM-related lawsuits. The parties involved in this university building project kept their identities private, but it’s been reported that they settled out of court for millions of dollars. The...
Posted on February 24, 2013 By Sasha Reed
Last week we discussed the importance of taking a step back to fully understand your processes prior to making productivity improvements. Just as critical to the process—and perhaps more critical to your success—is the pilot group. Who better to put new software or hardware to the test than your in...
Posted on February 15, 2013 By Sasha Reed
Last week my colleague and I attended the Mechanical Contractor Association’s Tech Day Conference in Chicago. We were invited to speak and present workflows specifically tailored to specialty contractors who were looking to digitize their project communication and leverage the cloud for...
Posted on February 06, 2013 By Sasha Reed
One of the email responses I received to my first blog post was from an engineer who offered his opinion on the concept of the paperless office or in construction terms, the paperless jobsite. Apparently I am not the only one who cringes every time I hear this term thrown around in the AEC world....