July 11, 2005
Demand for IT in Construction May Link Architecture and Construction
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The biggest issue for attendees was that the Virtual Construction suite looked great, but who was going to do it? Can my team do it, or must it come from somewhere else?
"Construction companies don't think CAD, " said Gallello, "they estimate, they schedule, procure and manage. We give them a process for those things they do."
interested in knowing what the real cost is going to be."
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"I'm not predicting a broad adoption where architectural firms are going to provide models to construction companies that are totally suitable for estimating and scheduling sequencing. But I think there are some that will who want to differentiate themselves and others may be forming consortiums with owners of construction companies early on," said Gallello.
Most owners reported in a recent survey that all their projects were 20-50% over schedule.
The top 5 reasons for this are:
"If we can do things like get costs really clear early on up front, and get schedule down, it has huge impact on a project,' said Gallello.
Gallello believes that as hot as BIM is for architects, the motivation of construction companies to change their process is probably higher because they can easily be put out of business by an inaccurate bid or estimate.
Graphisoft is in the software and services business, which Gallello said is much harder than just selling software. "If you are just trying to sell software to the construction industry, forget it, you must sell software and services. We have to be the technology IT department for these companies. A construction company has their own system for estimating and putting building components together. There are country standards and company standards which we put in for them. We prep the data and the databases so they can use it on multiple projects."
Illustrative of how important these services are is this customer quote: "I want you to sit with us and do projects until osmosis happens. I don't want to send my people for a training course, I want you here and over time we'll understand it."
Within the Virtual Construction suite are the following products:
The cost of Constructor is $7,000 and Estimator alone is $4,000. DynaProject costs $3,000.
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