Sorting Through the Noise
Bryan Construction’s technology committee sorts through the thousands of construction tech options out there
Bryan Construction, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is an award-winning general contracting company that specializes in commercial construction, federal projects, and multi-family housing. They do work around the United States and overseas for the US military. Bryan is a small-medium sized company, with over 100 employees across five offices, and they outperform their peers partly because they’ve distinguished themselves through embracing and mastering new technology. Bryan Construction can stand toe-to-toe with much larger companies due to their sophistication and agility.
But sorting through the dozens, hundreds even, of new construction technologies that emerge each year can be an onerous task, especially at a smaller company that doesn’t have the resources for a dedicated staff of technology testers.
To help solve that issue and keep Bryan at the top of their field, they’ve formed a technology committee that meets monthly, and includes project engineers, superintendents and project managers from various locations. Doug Woody, executive manager in the Colorado Springs office, started the committee a few years ago to address what he say as a growing concern: how to find the best software for his people in the smartest, most efficient way possible.
In a recent meeting at the Colorado Springs office, where the walls of the conference room are decorated by framed photographs of some of Bryan’s projects in the area, Project Manager Scott Robertson begins the meeting by sharing his screen with those who call in from other locations. Robertson is chair, and that position rotates among people and offices, to make sure that the job of captaining the committee gets shared equally.
Scott Ready, a project manager from the Fort Collins office, shares something he’s been working on: a dashboard within Bluebeam Revu that he’s created specifically for subcontracts. Since Bryan uses Revu on all its projects and stipulates that their subcontractors do the same, it’s imperative that the company does whatever it can to make that an easy adjustment for their subs. Ready has designed a simple dashboard with icons that resemble an iPhone: it feels intuitive and allows subs to access the information they need without getting distracted by unnecessary features.
As the committee moves through its agenda and discusses training for digital takeoffs, their new project management system called Roots, and beta testing a new Bluebeam pilot program, it’s clear that the discussion on technology benefits from the diversity of locations and positions represented at the table. Technology needs can’t be decided in a silo: software solutions must be plausible and practical, and by gathering input from the field and the C-suite alike, Bryan ensures that they implement the best technology for their growing business. It’s hard to sort through all the noise, but being able to lean on each other helps make it easier.