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MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2015 IT CONFERENCE
The 2015 IT Forum Conference will be held July 30-31, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. More details to follow but mark those calendars now!
 
FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY
So you’ve decided to move your IT data and infrastructure to the cloud. You’re not alone. More than one-third of contractors surveyed in 2014 rely on cloud computing for myriad reasons. They depend on it for backup and disaster recovery services, to access cloud-based software and to outsource computer storage, hardware, services or network components, among other reasons.
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Most contractors will agree that collaboration and communication are valuable components to a successful project. To that end, FieldLens, a field management tool, aims to make smartphones a contractor’s most important jobsite tool, letting teams work faster and more efficiently.
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Precast concrete pushing the design aesthetic envelope
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Folded or flat? The Universal Alloy light press plant demonstrates how an innovative designer can create a beautiful design using a precast concrete building solution. Alternating shaded and light panels give the impression an accordion-like fašade. The panels are insulated and load-bearing, making the onsite installation of this awe-inspiring structure quicker, and avoiding costly weather delays.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
The construction industry is experiencing a major shift; new tools and methodologies are being introduced every day to help minimize the time, resources and dollars spent. To help eliminate time waste, productivity must be maximized. This can mean a number of things — including optimizing workflows, minimizing time spent waiting around for the right people, tasks and/or materials, and ensuring a safe worksite each and every day.
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Join us in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 18-20, 2015, and gain a comprehensive view of where you are, where you are going and where you need to be to strengthen the educated decisions construction professionals have to make everyday.
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FOCUS ON INTEROPERABILITY - agcXML
AGC and the Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA) recently signed an MOU (agreement) to lead the agcXML effort moving forward. More details to follow. For additional info, please visit COSA's website
 
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MEMBER-TO-MEMBER FAQ
AGC is still asking you – our members – to predict what next year will be like for your business. The answers to the 2015 AGC Business Outlook survey will help us craft a full analysis and outlook for the construction industry in the New Year.  Questions focus on expectations for market performance, hiring, labor market conditions, plans to acquire equipment, etc.  Please take a moment to complete the survey here at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015AGCBusinessOutlook. After we receive a sufficient amount of survey responses, we will work with AGC’s chief economist Ken Simonson to analyze the results, which will be released in early January to the media and members. As in the past, we will also prepare state-specific outlooks for every state where we have a sufficiently robust response.  Thanks in advance for all your help and support, and please contact Brian Turmail at turmailb@agc.org with any questions.
 
Constructor magazine is currently working on its 2015 editorial calendar. Stories planned include disaster recovery, drones in construction and cybersecurity. If you have experience in any of these areas and would like to be considered a source for a feature article, please contact Jeanie Clapp at jclapp@naylor.com today.
 
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TECH TIPS
Has your company entered the wide world of BIM (Building Information Modeling)? If so have you tried to you push a BIM model to a mobile device? Have you tried to share this mythical BIM model with other companies? Here are a few steps to make this happen.
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FROM THE IT FORUM
In an effort to allow for easier information sharing and improved collaboration, our technology conversations will now be at the 'AGC IT Forum' group in LinkedIn. We invite you to click on the link and join your peers as you continue to provide great contributions on various technology tips that impact your business and our industry. 
 

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