One growing pain many construction companies endure comes from a need to shift business and project management processes to a system that integrates data across all processes. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems do just that, and there is an upsurge of interest in them. But vendors and companies aren’t consistent when they use the term, and excessive claims are made. Slide Show Photo: Dave Jarosz PROJECT: Robert Diemer Water Treatment Plant PLACE: Yorba Linda, Calif. BENEFITS: ERP pays off for Shimmick on a $190-million project, tracking 600,000 hours of time and labor. As an idea, ERP, when used to unify
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.