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  • The Importance of NEC Compliance - Part One: for Electrical Estimators

    The Importance of NEC Compliance - Part One: for Electrical Estimators

    Electrical estimators looking to develop competitive bids that may span multiple jurisdictions do well to incorporate NEC compliance into the designs they spec, the materials they choose...

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  • Are Your Hands Tied in the Competitive Bidding Process?

    Are Your Hands Tied in the Competitive Bidding Process?

    One thing all MEP BIM services professionals can agree on is the fact that the estimating and bidding process is highly competitive. It becomes an issue, however, if you feel your hands are tied.

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  • What's Next in 3D Printing? Your Building.

    What's Next in 3D Printing? Your Building.

    Although some may not think of 3D printing as BIM, the following information could change your mind. The fusion of robotic assembly and 3D printing utilizing concrete can assemble your next building.

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  • How to Dramatically Improve Your Mechanical Estimating Process

    How to Dramatically Improve Your Mechanical Estimating Process

    Most mechanical estimators working in construction today are forced to complete as many as eight estimates for every one job your firm wins. Discover how you can improve your bidding process.

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  • Structuring Estimates to Reduce Risk

    Structuring Estimates to Reduce Risk

    The way you use estimate structures can have a big impact on risk within your business.

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  • The Skinny on Laser Scanning: 3-Step Scanning Workflow

    The Skinny on Laser Scanning: 3-Step Scanning Workflow

    In the AEC industry, a lot of interest has been generated around laser scanning. One reason is that scanning provides a fast and accurate way to collect measurement data for design and construction.

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  • The Mission Critical Role of Capital Asset Management

    The Mission Critical Role of Capital Asset Management

    For many businesses operating in the construction industry today, much of their work relies on the operation of capital assets, such as Generators, Chillers, Transformers – How do you keep them safe?

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  • Managing Change Orders is Critical to Your Success

    Managing Change Orders is Critical to Your Success

    The importance of managing change orders is a subject that cannot be stressed enough. Estimating a job properly is very important, but managing a project and properly documenting changes is critical.

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  • Time for MEP Pros to Start Prefabricating

    Time for MEP Pros to Start Prefabricating

    This time of economic uncertainty emphasizes the need to maximize your profits. Prefabrication does this, and even small construction firms can take advantage of it.

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  • Improving Change Order Approval and Acceptance

    Improving Change Order Approval and Acceptance

    Contractors struggle with submitting and receiving prompt payment on change orders, impacting project profitability. Could updated standards solve the issue?

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  • The Top 5 Features of a Construction Asset Management Software Solution

    The Top 5 Features of a Construction Asset Management Software Solution

    Tool mismanagement can impact the efficiency and productivity of the business wasting time and money. That’s where construction asset management software comes in.

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  • Mixed Reality for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

    Mixed Reality for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

    This article discusses integrating Microsoft HoloLens’ Mixed Reality technology with Trimble products for AEC project success.

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  • 3D BIM Modeling - Level of Detail and Model Progression Specification

    3D BIM Modeling - Level of Detail and Model Progression Specification

    3D BIM modeling is becoming more common in today’s construction processes. This article dives into Level of Detail (LOD) in 3D modeling software..

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  • 10 Innovations That Have Revolutionized Construction

    10 Innovations That Have Revolutionized Construction

    This post takes a look at our impressive building technology history by exploring the top 10 construction innovations of our time.

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  • Estimating Software Implementation – What's the "Best" Way?

    Estimating Software Implementation – What's the "Best" Way?

    John Duggan, estimation software guru and electrical estimating specialist shares six principles to successful estimating software implementation.

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  • How to Estimate Electrical Work

    How to Estimate Electrical Work

    Knowing how to estimate electrical work so you do not short change yourself takes a little preparation. To ensure you are properly estimating a job, take these steps and tips into consideration.

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  • How to Create a 3D CAD Model from a Laser Scanned Point Cloud (Overview)

    How to Create a 3D CAD Model from a Laser Scanned Point Cloud (Overview)

    Aric Scott, Trimble MEP Trainer provides a step-by-step overview of how to create a 3D CAD model from a laser scanned point cloud.

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  • 10 Big Budget Buildings that Broke the Bank

    10 Big Budget Buildings that Broke the Bank

    Not every project runs so well and some are completed staggeringly late or way over budget. Here we take a look at 10 buildings that have broken the bank!

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  • What's the Difference Between 3D CAD, BIM and VDC?

    What's the Difference Between 3D CAD, BIM and VDC?

    The changing pace of design and technology within the construction industry has led to a certain amount of confusion along the way – discover the difference between 3D CAD, BIM, and VDC.

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  • Infographic: How to Prepare a Profitable Bid/Build Estimate

    Infographic: How to Prepare a Profitable Bid/Build Estimate

    A robust estimating process can not only safeguard your estimates and reduce the risk of errors but can lead the way to more profitable jobs.

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