For an increasing number of contractors, survival in the current economy has resulted in the need to find and secure work in other states. The migration of contractors to neighboring states is apparent throughout the country. Besides the work itself, benefits of an expanded geographic footprint include a broader client base, thereby creating mutually beneficial relationships.
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Construction Technology Facilitates an Expanded Geographic Footprint
Recent advances in technology are accelerating the migration of contractors to neighboring states. Such technology includes, but is not limited to:
- Online Plan Rooms – This software aids contractors looking for jobs across state lines. A contractor can browse by project type, trade or location to find upcoming construction projects.
- Bid Management Software – This program acts like a “virtual broker” and assists contractors in the bidding process, by connecting buyers with sellers.
- Web Based Project Management Software – This technology allows for real time monitoring of construction projects.
- Onscreen Takeoff and Cost Estimating – This tool allows contractors to build cost estimates for projects happening in other states.
- Building Information Modeling (BIM) – BIM brings a project to life, through 3D, 4D and 5D models.
Contractors seeking an expanded geographic footprint should be aware of the upgraded technology as a means of facilitating work across borders.