Construction Technology, Evolved

October 03, 2012

For construction companies, new technology continues to hit the market. From project management and accounting to capital program management, the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) market has many new and updated options to better manage critical business processes.

One recent example comes from Maestro Technologies, www.heavy-works.com, Houston, Texas, which has served the Canadian construction market for more than 20 years. Earlier this year, the software provider entered the U.S. heavy/highway construction market with its HeavyWorks Construction Software that is designed for project management and accounting.

Today, the construction-technology provider has announced the launch of HeavyWorks*CONNECT, which is a suite of cloud-based applications designed specifically for the heavy construction industry.

As part of the launch, the company has bundled three applications as part of its HeavyWorks*CONNECT StarterPAK, which includes HW*TIME for time data entry; HW*REQUISITIONS for purchasing new materials; and HW*DIARY for daily logs.

According to the company, the solution combines on-premise security with cloud-based mobility. Users can still deploy the entire construction management software in the office as well as the suite of operations-based applications for the mobile workforce on the jobsite.

In a statement, Robert Meunier, president and CEO, Maestro Technologies, says, “While the industry is moving to cloud-based computing, customers have expressed serious concerns regarding the security of having highly sensitive financial data on the Internet cloud. Our unique approach of combining the security aspects of an on-premise ERP system with the flexibility and mobility of cloud-based applications truly combine the best of both worlds for our customers.”

Interested in learning more? Meunier will be sitting on a panel at Technology Day this Friday, answering questions regarding topics such as the cloud and mobility in construction.

This is just one recent example of a new product entering the U.S. construction-technology market. In recent weeks, many software providers have been coming to market with new and updated products for the industry.

As another example, yesterday, Meridian Systems, www.meridiansystems.com, Folsom, Calif., a Trimble Co., released Proliance 5.5, which is the company’s capital program management software.

The updated release includes a new Bidding/Tendering Module that will allow for more visibility into procurement and new international features, including localized portfolio management and multilanguage and calendar capabilities.

Now, the technology also leverages the recently acquired Modelogix software from WinEstimator. In July, Trimble Navigation, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, acquired WinEstimator to extend Meridian’s solutions. With an optional bid analysis component in Proliance 5.5, users will be able to compare bids side-by-side in order to identify costs and potential anomalies.

The new release also includes enhancements for administration, user experience, and heightened collaboration between owners and construction teams. Meridian Systems will also be on hand at the Technology Day event, showcasing its products in the Exhibit Hall.

As the market begins to bounce back, construction-technology providers continue to come to market with new and updated products. It is exciting to see how recent acquisitions are facilitating new product development as well as foster the trend of new software providers entering the U.S. market.