October 8, 2020

Over the last few years, I’ve seen a marked change in the way that Developers, Site Owners, and even General Contractors are handling their construction management process. Traditionally, these have always been in-house, full-time, employees whose job was to oversee da...

June 12, 2019

By this time, most of our industry has heard the term “Building Information Modeling”, or BIM, being used in a variety of ways. Business development is built on “We Do BIM”...but what does that really mean?

Building information modeling (we’ll call it BIM for short)  is...

April 15, 2019

Microsoft Excel is a primary day-to-day tool for those in the Construction industry. We use it to put together bid documents, schedule processes and perform quantity takeoff and cost estimates. But working with these large datasets makes it very cumbersome and time-con...

February 4, 2019

The construction and design industries are in the midst of the largest boom we’ve seen in decades, and that growth has led to a shortage of technically skilled workers to get the jobs done. The shortage of construction tradespeople has grown so dramatically that accord...

December 17, 2018

Once upon a time, Architecture, Engineering, & Construction firms invested heavily in training their staff on the expensive design and estimating systems that they purchased. They’d send key employees to travel for a week or two to exotic destinations (like Newark, NJ)...

November 20, 2018

The interesting thing about estimating is that it covers such a broad variety of firms and processes. In the AEC world, there’s not a single company out there that doesn’t deal with estimating at some level. Whether you’re a design engineer working to stay within the c...

November 8, 2018

PlanSwift Professional allows you to create pre-defined assemblies, which you can then use to calculate all the materials, labor and installation costs that go into a specific project. This click and drag functionality saves you hours, if not days, on manual calculatio...

September 7, 2018

Collaboration - one of the most popular buzz words in modern business marketing. You see it in every ad, article, video, and white paper within the Architecture Engineering & Construction community. Problem is, every single one of them has a different meaning and appro...

August 15, 2018

Here at ZenTek we do a lot of consulting work with architectural, engineering and MEP firms, so I get to have a lot of conversations with folks on the concept of Building Information Modeling (BIM). In this day and age, I’ve yet to talk to a design firm that doesn’t us...

August 3, 2018

So, I got an angry email response to an email that I sent out a few weeks back on our Planswift estimating software. It was from a gentleman who was opposed to the use of software in the estimating field at any level, because he felt that you need a person’s...

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