Richardson, TX — April 21, 2016 — Systemates Inc., creator of Projectmates cloud based construction management software, presented at the 2016 TAPPA Conference in College Station, Texas. Facility owners from colleges across the state gathered to learn about the significance of online construction management software to simplify the construction management process, provide a single point of reference for all stakeholders, improve transparency and accountability, and serve as a secure repository for all design and construction documentation.
Kaely Culbertson, Director of Client Services at Systemates, and Mark Alpaugh, President of MJA Consulting Services, discussed cloud technology for improved project delivery in higher education facilities. Poor communication, slow paper processes, and lack of project oversight are common program management pitfalls using traditional project management tools such as email, spreadsheets, paper, and clunky homegrown databases to track projects. Rising enrollment and the need to compete with other colleges and universities have driven many owners to adopt cloud based construction management software.
"Traditional project management methods take a lot of time and not everyone stays 'in the loop.' If you are not copied on a schedule, invoice, or change order and you are a decision maker, the project gets delayed," explained Alpaugh. "With current cloud technology every team member and decision maker has project access and notifications for required approvals. Whether you are actively involved or on the fringe of the project you have immediate access to all the data you require to do your job."
Cloud based construction management software eliminates inefficiencies, makes owners less vulnerable to lawsuits, and reduces project costs on printing, shipping, and late payment penalties. During the presentation, Culbertson highlighted the new construction of a 107,500 sq. ft. life sciences building to show the benefits of using Projectmates construction program management software.
Construction of the ground up life sciences building occurred from 2013-2015. Highlights of the university's exemplary use of Projectmates cloud based construction management software include the following:
Online construction project management software also protects the owner since the organization has ownership of all project data and archives, which are available months and even years from project completion. "Legal issues and lawsuits can happen and when the attorneys request a copy of all the project documentation it can take weeks and hundreds of man hours to gather and copy everything. With a cloud based system everything is immediately available electronically for review and distribution," said Alpaugh.
About MJA Consulting ServicesMJA Construction Services is a small privately held firm providing Construction Management, Facilities Planning and Construction Estimating services to Facility Owners and other Professional Consultants. Founded by Mark J. Alpaugh in 1995 as a sole proprietorship, the firm has provided its services to many public and private clients throughout the years. One of the firm's most important traditions is the quality and accuracy of its cost estimating services whether it is based on conceptual plans or construction documents. These estimates are used by Owners and Architects to set project budgets they can trust on bid day. Several architects and higher education clients have retained MJA Construction services for multiple projects over the last 19 years due to the quality and reliability of our consulting services.