Houston – March 18, 2014 – Team Beacon, comprised of construction professionals from Assemble Systems, Swinerton Builders, and EADOC, received the top prize sponsored by Balfour Beatty in the Beacons category at the AEC Hackathon 1.1. The team developed a prototype for a smart phone app to deliver relevant project information based on location awareness technology. During the Hackathon, the team added architects and UX designers to assist with the building site models and mobile interface.
“Unfortunately, our enterprise resource planning software that manages our RFIs, submittals, potential change orders, and more, is in most cases disconnected from our mobile and BIM solutions,” said Eric Davis, Director of Strategic Development at Swinerton Builders, “For those solutions that are connected, the connections are very rigid and are dependent on a user manually linking or entering metadata about context to establish these relationships.”
Fortunately, the interconnectedness of information technology systems is increasing exponentially with catalysts such as web services, cloud computing, sensor-embedded mobile, and the Internet of Things. For Team Beacon, building the prototype was a matter of having the time and the support to do it.
“The AEC Hackathon was a great way for our development team to network with industry thought leaders and other software developers to hack new technology and to learn from others. Our collaboration was a great success for the recognition the project received, but also gave the team time to explore new ideas that will help us shape our own technology,” said Trent Miskelly, Vice President of Product Development at Assemble Systems.
For more information on the location aware app prototype, review the presentation here.
About Assemble Systems
Headquartered in Houston, TX, Assemble Systems is a BIM data management software company. Its flagship product Assemble is a cloud based platform allowing AEC firms to leverage BIM data for increased project insight, advanced project collaboration and data-driven decision making. Assemble is used today to manage over 1,000 projects. The Assemble Systems team includes technology experts and experienced architecture, engineering, and construction industry professionals who are addressing BIM interoperability for design, construction and operation. For more information, visit http://www.assemblesystems.com, twitter.com/assemblesystems or linkedin.com/company/assemble-systems.
Swinerton provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888 and having celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2013, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves—proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information visit http://www.swinerton.com, its blog, and follow on Twitter @swinerton.
About EADOC, LLC
EADOC, LLC is a rapidly growing cloud computing company delivering a fast, secure, easy to use web-based construction management software application to the trillion dollar construction industry. EADOC’s software is used throughout North America by construction managers to minimize the cost and hassle of managing complex construction projects -– by collaborating on a single system to manage project documents and communications, project controls and cost, risk issues, schedule activities and the relationships between all of these items. Integrating the entire project team, EADOC software scales to serve projects of virtually any size, adapts to existing workflows and is the first and only application which provides true collaboration between a capital project’s entire supply chain. Founded in 2006, EADOC Software is based in Oakland, CA. Visit http://www.eadocsoftware.com, twitter.com/EADOC or linkedin.com/company/eadoc for more information.
About AEC Hackathon 1.1
AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that creates on-the-spot teams of technologists and industry stakeholders to shape the future of our built environment. The hackathon provides a playful, exploratory environment where disruption and creative ideas are the essential tools for innovation. The AEC community faces fresh new problems that urgently need brilliant minds to solve them. For more information, please visit http://www.aechackathon.com.