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  1. Solving 3 Project Challenges Through on-Site Mobile Technology [E-Book]

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    Leverage on-Site Mobile Technology to Connect Office and Jobsite

    Having accurate project information in real time is essential for making critical decisions and remaining competitive. But, if your like many others, you can easily find yourself struggling with outdated tools and processes that cause communication breakdowns between office and field.

    By working with industry professionals over the last 25+ years, we’ve been able to identify three key project execution challenges that prevent teams from staying under budget and on schedule.

    Learn to solve these challenges by reading our new e-book!

    1. Communication gaps between office and field
    2. Disorganized Daily Planning
    3. Slow and error-prone capture of work progress and time sheet data.


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  2. Leverage on-Site Mobile Technology to Connect Office and Jobsite [Infographic]

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    Leverage on-Site Mobile Technology to Connect Office and Jobsite

    Are you working like a caveman in a digital age? Check out this infographic to learn how office and on-site teams can leverage on-site mobile technology to gain greater visibility, control and decision making across the project lifecycle.

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  3. Overcoming the Top 5 Project Cost Management Challenges [E-Book]

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    E-Book: Overcoming the Top 5 Project Cost Management Challenges

    Are you struggling to improve your cost estimation and project control? Download this e-book to learn about the 5 most common project cost management challenges faced by owners, contractors and EPCs and how to solve them.


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  4. Driving Project Certainty Through Technology [White Paper]

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    Driving Project Certainty Through Technology

    Innovative project-driven companies understand that the scale and complexity of today’s infrastructure, building, oil & gas, mining, and utilities projects call for active coordination and real-time reporting.  To keep all stakeholders informed of schedule and cost status, they have invested in the technologies that enable the faster decisions needed to keep projects on track.

    In this white paper, we will share how companies are adopting modern, connected, electronic project controls solutions that can enable project transparency and mitigate risks to increase productivity, collaboration and optimization.

    In this white paper we’ll share how “The InEight 8 Habits for Project Success” can help companies create:

    •    Process efficiencies
    •    Timely and accurate intraday feedback about activities and progress
    •    A collaborative and transparent work process


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  5. Bring Order to Disorganized Bidding Processes [Blog]

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    Back in the days before smartphones and email, contact information was stored in many different places: an address book, a roller desk, post-it notes, old mail… Remember back then? You had to search all over just to find someone’s contact information. And then, keeping everything up-to-date was another problem altogether.

    The challenge of disorganized bidding on construction jobs is similar to the old problem with contacts: When job estimates are created by multiple people using different programs, gathering the data necessary to prepare accurate bids can be slow and time-consuming. Without systematic processes, creating bids can be tedious work. Instead, managers need a trusted way to ensure nothing is missed and all key information is available so they can quickly create the best estimate possible.

    We recommend solving disorganized bidding in four ways:
    1) Deploy a unified estimating platform – A unified estimating platform allows multiple estimators to collaborate on the bidding process. This increases efficiency and consistency. Faster estimating leads to more bids and, ultimately, more work.

    2) Leverage Benchmarking – Capturing and leveraging best practices and benchmarking against similar jobs allows you to confidently create more accurate bids.

    3) Standardize cost account code structure down to a third level of detail – Common account code structure enables consistent reporting.

    4) Utilize common reports and management dashboards – Ensure all stakeholders are (literally) on the same page by creating and deploying standard reports and dashboards.

    Don’t be stuck with disorganized bidding – By addressing this challenge, you can quickly and easily create more accurate bids, which can, ultimately, help your company be more successful.


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  6. Overcoming the 5 Most Common Challenges of PCM [Webinar Replay]

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    Overcoming the 5 Most Common Challenges
    of Project Cost Management

    Are you struggling to improve your cost estimation and project control?

    Watch this webinar replay to learn about the 5 most common project cost management challenges faced by owners, contractors and EPCs and how to solve them.

    In today’s challenging environment, project-driven companies must leverage the best tools to maximize cost performance.

    Drawing from real-world examples, we will help you identify the ideal solution to the 5 most common project cost management challenges:

    • Slow and inefficient estimates
    • Disorganized bidding processes
    • No ability to benchmark estimates
    • Hard to change systems
    • Limited visibility between office and job-site

    In each case, we share how industry leaders are seeing project margin improvement with reduced risks by leveraging InEight HD solutions.

    Want to win more work and then execute it more profitability?
 Watch this webinar to learn how we can help.


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  7. Technology Strategies to Better Manage Construction Projects

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    Technology Strategies to Better Manage
    Construction Projects


    A fundamental goal of all construction businesses is to minimize risk – whether it’s tied to schedule, resources or other key costs – during a project’s lifecycle. As the complexity of construction projects continues to grow in today’s market, the level of risk grows as well. It takes an exorbitant amount of time and resources to ensure the project is operating as efficiently as possible without compromising performance in any key operational areas.

    Now, construction firms are using technology to get a “leg up” to maximize profits and preserve margins. Technology is helping increase the speed of collaboration, dramatically improving visibility to key data and reducing costs associated with antiquated, often paper-based processes. In the quest for zero setbacks or losses on any project, technology is helping companies in the construction space take significant leaps – and greatly reduce risk.

    There are three key areas where a focus on the right technology solutions can reap big rewards for construction companies.


    All construction projects track quantities – a universal necessity. The best companies have technology systems in place that can capably track, manage and report quantity consumption, such as labor, materials and equipment, across all phases of a project. A good quantity management system also should maintain open connections to the back-office management system or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform. This will allow teams to manage a project or portfolio level consumption of quantities with the same cost structure used for budgeting and purchasing. A quantity-focused system lets everyone speak the same language across the project.


    Estimating can often make or break any project. Unrealistic estimates will almost always (and quickly) lead to reduced margins. Strong technology systems should be able to give project teams greater access to historical benchmarks and when combined with a strong quantity management system, can help ensure more accurate, realistic estimates. Comprehensive access to historical benchmarks also allows teams to more deeply analyze risks and better forecast anticipated productivity levels to provide a broader view for every estimate. Over time, each estimate can get more accurate and predictable than the last, helping construction businesses win jobs at the best price.


    The ability to view current data on quantity consumption and to compare that data against estimates is essential. Equally important is the ability to continuously measure labor performance against the original plan – something technology can greatly enhance. With better access to performance information, plan adjustments can be made early enough in the process to have a meaningful impact on overall project results – helping meet or beat an estimate. With a robust project performance toolset, project teams can realize measurable benefits by limiting risk earlier in the lifecycle.

    Mobile applications are the last piece of the puzzle, arming those in the field with near real-time information so they can make more timely adjustments to plans faster and smarter than ever before.

    With technology strategies and tools focused on quantities, benchmarks and performance, construction business have the ability to better manage risks – and get closer and closer to maximum results and profitability. Start building your technology game plan today.

    About the Author

    Brad Barth is Chief Product Officer for InEight Inc., where he oversees the product management and product marketing departments. Prior to InEight, Brad was vice president of industries for Hard Dollar Corporation, where he was instrumental in transforming the company from a start-up software developer into one of the world’s leading solution providers for project-driven enterprises.
  8. 3 Reasons You Need a Mobile Solution to Collect Jobsite Data

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    As daily reliance on mobile technology increases, so should use of technology on the jobsite

    Think about your daily activities. You wake to the sound of an alarm on your mobile phone. Electronic meeting reminders help you stay punctual and remember important events. Your phone and tablet allow you to stay connected to news and information when you’re away.

    We plan and manage our lives on mobile devices, so why should construction jobsites be any different? Mobile devices can be used to collect and view project data wherever you are and whenever you want — in the office or out in the field. Project managers, planners, executives and owners want to know what is happening in the field as quickly as possible, and mobile devices can accommodate those demands. Here are three fundamental reasons you need a mobile solution to collect construction job site data.

    1. Provides immediate visibility into job site activities

    Software with field data collection applications enables users to link information from job sites to field offices and vice versa. This provides better visibility into job site data, such as hours assigned to tasks or information on safety incidents — all with the click of a button. Gone are the days when project managers in field offices had to wait for crews to return to the office each evening and manually input information before they could view reports.

    2. Creates efficiency by eliminating paper process

    It’s easy for details to get lost in the paperwork. Paper gets misplaced. Handwriting isn’t legible. Coffee spills onto reports. A lot of things can happen when you’re bound to one hard copy report — not to mention the poor staff member who is going to have to enter the paper documentation into the system anyway. Avoid the time drain. Mobile applications eliminate the paper process, making field data collection more efficient. Today, construction crews can use mobile technology from practically anywhere. Even when connectivity is a problem, some advanced mobile applications allow data to be entered in offline mode and synchronized later.

    3. Shows real-time performance and keeps the project on track

    Extending project systems with mobile technology can provide instant access to key performance details. By learning of problems when they occur, rather than at the end of each day or week, you can more quickly solve problems and keep your project on track.

    Maybe you’re thinking, “I get all of that, but it sounds complicated.” You’re not alone. Research shows that one of the primary reasons construction companies hesitate to implement new technology is the fear that it will be too complex for crews to learn and use. After all, even the best technology solution in the world is useless if people can’t figure out how to use it. This is why the best mobile applications are “battle tested” by construction crews early in their development cycle to ensure that user-friendly functions are actually user friendly.

    As our reliance on mobile technology increases in our daily lives, so should our use of mobile technology at the job site. Mobile technology isn’t a trend or a fad. It’s a reality. It provides instant visibility into job site data, creating efficiency and connecting key stakeholders in real time. To stay current and competitive in this industry, mobile technology solutions are no longer just nice to have, they’re must-haves.

    About the Author

    Brad Barth is Chief Product Officer for InEight Inc., where he oversees the product management and product marketing departments. Prior to InEight, Brad was Vice President of Industries for Hard Dollar Corporation, where he was instrumental in transforming the company from a start-up software developer into one of the world’s leading solution providers for project-driven enterprises.

    *This article was originally published on: Construction Business Owner

  9. Integrate Primavera P6 and Hard Dollar for Complete Project Control [WEBINAR REPLAY]

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    Achieve Complete Project Visibility and Control

    Recent Hard Dollar releases have featured many integration enhancements, making our link with Primavera P6 one of the best bi-directional integrations available. Fill out the form below and watch this on-demand webinar replay to learn how this tight integration can increase your project visibility and control.

    In this webinar we’ll share how to:

    • Define predecessor/successor logic while planning in Hard Dollar and push these changes to Primavera P6
    • New! Add new scope items in Primavera P6 and automatically update HD Estimating
    • Auto calculate escalation by user-defined timing periods
    • New! Push percent complete from Primavera P6 to HD Performance

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  10. Leverage Historical Benchmarks for Estimates [WEBINAR REPLAY]

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    Start Benchmarking Estimates and Get the Confidence You Need to Win More Jobs at The Right Price!

    Watch this Webinar Replay to learn how to leverage historical benchmarks to avoid unprofitable projects and win jobs at the right price.

    Listen to InEight’s estimating and project cost management experts discuss how to:

    • Increase estimate confidence through historical benchmarking
    • Leverage standardized account codes for cross-enterprise consistency
    • Win more jobs at the right price, while avoiding unprofitable projects.


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