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Why Construction Projects Go Over Budget – and How to Prevent It

Posted by Brody Todd on Feb 6, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Where Construction Projects Go Over Budget

According to research conducted by McKinsey & Company, “Cost overruns are the norm in the construction sector.” The report authors found that on average large capital projects take 20% longer to finish than planned and come in up to 80% over budget.

There are a number of reasons why construction projects go over budget: many of which could be mitigated if the industry was more proactive in embracing modern process and technology innovations, according to the study.

We have shared 10 of the most common reasons why construction projects go over budget – and how new technology can help change this.

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How to Transform Your Team's Mindset in the Modern Construction Management World

Posted by Brock Brown on Dec 18, 2018 4:10:33 PM

Construction Management

The world is changing, and thanks to new technologies and new ways of thinking around productivity, workforces have more opportunity to connect and collaborate than ever before. Companies involved in the design and construction of large, complex construction management projects are becoming more efficient and more effective as a result.

Yet, for companies making the transition to this new way of doing business, it’s only natural for long-time staff members (even senior management) to want to stick with the way things have always been done. The status quo is comfortable. Change, on the other hand, can create fear, worry, stress and unease.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

As a result, it can be challenging to convince your team to embrace change. To learn how to transform a 1980’s mindset into a 21st-century attitude I’ve looked to three authors who specialize in change and provided my own advice as a seasoned consultant in the change management realm.

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Six Tips to Improve Jobsite Resource Utilization

Posted by James LaRiviere on Dec 11, 2018 11:30:00 AM


At the outset of a project, and throughout various stages of its development, companies allocate resources they believe are necessary to meet tasks, objectives and deliverables. These resources can include everything from the materials to the equipment to the people required to get the job done.

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Vitruvi™ Software Welcomes Ryan Steil as New VP Product Delivery

Posted by James LaRiviere on Nov 26, 2018 10:59:57 AM


Vitruvi™ Software is pleased to welcome Ryan Steil as Vice President of Product Delivery.

Ryan’s career started in oil and gas services,  but he's spent the past 15 years+ focused on design and implementation of technology solutions for a multitude of industries. In previous roles, he has focused on enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and business intelligence (BI) solutions. In both public and private organizations, Ryan lead global teams through a diverse number of projects in heavy industry, construction, and large scale manufacturing implementations.

He brings with him a strong understanding of software technologies and a wealth of large scale project management experience. 

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Five Ways Technology is Changing Construction Management (Forever)

Posted by James LaRiviere on Nov 13, 2018 2:04:26 PM

Five Ways Technology is Changing Construction Management.Blog

The current proliferation of new technologies in the construction industry is happening at an unprecedented rate. In an industry that has traditionally been slow to embrace change, it is becoming apparent that companies that continue to drag their feet will be left behind.

EPC contractors are starting to implement technologies designed to make projects easier, and more efficient to manage. In doing so, they are increasing their ability to keep projects on time, on budget, while improving quality and accountability. The impacts to productivity will be profound.

Playing catch-up.

According to MGI’s digitization index (December 2015), construction ranked among the least digitized industries in the world. In the United States, it placed second from the bottom. In Europe, it was dead last. 

While the industry as a whole has been relatively cautious in implementing new technologies (perhaps due to its risk averse nature), it is poised to play catch-up in a big way.

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Thank You to All Our Veterans, and First Responders.

Posted by Bryan McIver on Nov 8, 2018 10:41:44 AM


This year in celebration of our veterans and first responders serving past and present, we would like to recognize our very own Zach Oleitschuk P.Eng, Outbound Product Manager. 

Zach joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in August 2012 as an Aerospace Engineering Officer. He completed Basic Military Officer Qualification on Nov 2012 ranked 1st overall in his class and was awarded the Labrie Sword for excellence in academic achievement and leadership. After graduation, Zach was posted to 4 Wing in Cold Lake, Alberta, as a 2nd Lieutenant, assigned to Aerospace Engineering and Test Evaluation, where he was deployed as part of Operation Hammer to evaluate the capability of recently acquired air to surface 1000 lb bombs. Zach worked in support of the CF-18 Fighter group until his release in Sept 2013.

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Vitruvi™ Software Welcomes Justin Reid as New VP Sales

Posted by James LaRiviere on Nov 6, 2018 12:11:30 PM


Vitruvi™ Software is pleased to welcome Justin Reid to the team as our Vice President of Sales.

Justin has spent 15 years in international consulting and business development between North America, United Kingdom, and China. Most recently, Justin led the expansion of a Deloitte Fast 50 SaaS company into Western Canada and United States markets. Creating much success in developing effective channel partnerships and direct market solution-sales initiatives, Justin’s teams secured multiple Fortune 100 Enterprise clients and disrupted the technology SaaS market.

With a Masters in International Management and further post-graduate certifications from Stanford University, Justin has brought creative solutions to complex business and sales environments. 

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Announcing the official release of Vitruvi

Posted by Bryan McIver on Oct 3, 2018 11:22:00 AM

We are extremely excited to announce the public launch of our official release of Vitruvi™, our game changing GIS Enabled construction management software.

For the past 2 years, we’ve been building and testing Vitruvi™; an integrated construction management platform designed to provide accurate, verifiable, real-time updates between those doing the work and those responsible for its successful execution. Vitruvi™ harnesses cloud-based technology and best-practices in project management to create a much-needed solution to the challenges that have long confronted construction projects of scale. After some serious beta testing with hundreds of users from the field to the front office, we’re ready to grow.

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