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MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2015 IT CONFERENCE
Registration for the 2015 IT Forum Conference, scheduled for July 30-31, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois is now open. This year's event will take place at the luxurious Loews Chicago Hotel. Register by June 30 and save!
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FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY
IBM is betting big on the Internet of Things (IoT) to the tune of $3 billion over the next four years to establish a new IoT unit, the company announced recently.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Transforming Deliverables  
April 29-30, 2015 
San Diego, CA

The "deliverable" is a mechanism used to relay instructions and information from one party to another in a useful format. A common opinion is that the "I" in BIM is of utmost importance, but it is also the most overlooked. How can our industry better harness the information we are creating with BIM tools? What forms should these new deliverables take? Do traditional formats still work? Are there ‘new and improved’ deliverables on the horizon?
 
WEBINAR: The Pit and the Pendulum: The Correlation Between Technology and Construction Performance
May 27, 2015
2 - 3 p.m. eastern


Join this engaging webinar presented by Anirban Basu, chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group as he discusses the correlation between technology and construction performance. This presentation will focus upon existing evidence regarding the relationship between technological sophistication and construction firm performance. 

Performance will be discussed along numerous dimensions, including profitability, reputation, and quality and attendees will walk away with an understanding of the following areas:
  • National and international economic performance
  • Employment data and labor force dynamics at the nationwide and regional level
  • The implications of current construction-related economic indicators
  • How technological innovation will impact construction industry performance regarding labor, productivity, cost, and project duration
  • A look at broader economic trends and how they’ll affect the construction industry
 
FOCUS ON INTEROPERABILITY - agcXML
The Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA) is a community of construction industry professionals who support open integration standards in construction software. COSA believes in facilitating an uninhibited flow of information between the complementary software applications construction professionals depend on most. A one-stop-suite is not always the best choice and it is much more efficient for the end user to operate multiple applications when they integrate seamlessly. This is possible through open application standards that are developed and implemented by construction technology providers to facilitate the transfer of cross-application data.
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The LinkedIn group 'agcXML for Construction' is no longer active. Since agcXML is now a part of COSA, the LinkedIn group is no longer needed. Please bookmark www.cosa.build for the latest agcXML news and updates. Thanks for your interest in construction interoperability.
 
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TECH TIPS
Estimating large construction projects with accuracy, efficiency and confidence is a difficult challenge. One of the best strategies for addressing the complexities is to break down the project into smaller, more manageable pieces of work through what is commonly referred to as Work Breakdown Structures (WBS).
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The concept of Lean construction is gaining momentum in many contracting firms. The Lean concept began in auto manufacturing in Japan. During the 1990s a few pioneering construction professionals began to explore how the original Lean principle could be applied to the construction industry.
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Later this year, consumers who may not have the cash to invest in the first version of the Apple Watch will have the option to rent it.
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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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