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EADOC celebrates 4 years

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Last month EADOC celebrated 4 years of providing the EADOC web based project management application. This is a tremendous milestone to pass considering today’s tough economic environment and the shrinking construction industry. Not only are we surviving this economy but we are also growing rapidly. Our revenue grew 45% in 2009 compared to 2008 while the construction industry shrank 27%. We added 38 new clients last year representing over $1 Billion in construction projects. With these new clients EADOC’s user base is over 3500 now. Much of this growth is attributed to clients using EADOC to reduce costs on their capital projects allowing them to do more with their shrinking budgets. I would like to thank all of our wonderful clients along with the EADOC staff at our offices in Oakland for this success. We are looking forward to another great year even as the Construction industry looks to be facing more challenges ahead.
Thank You
Eric Law

Construction Industry is not last in technology just look at Constructech

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

This is a follow up to my previous post on industries being behind the construction industry in technology adoption. I ran across an even better example then the insurance companies I mentioned in my last post that is a little closer to home. Specialty Publishing who writes Constructech magazine appears to be more concerned with talking about technology then actually using it. This is a magazine dedicated to technology in the construction industry yet they appear to be about 10 years behind. At the end of last year I ordered a copy of their IT playbook. To do this I went to their website and filled out the order form, several days later I received an email with a form that I needed to complete with my credit card information and return to them via fax. Online payment would have allowed this process to be completed in a couple minutes. Online payments are so common that the small pizza place next to our office accepts them. Constructech took what should have been a 2 minute process to order into a 20+ minute process of emails, faxes, and filling out multiple forms. Next the Postal Service damages the magazine so bad that it was returned, so they have to mail me a new one. Had Constructech been operating in 2010 instead of 1995 I should have downloaded the It playbook after placing my order online. The worst part is this magazine is supposed to be experts on technology in the construction industry but they appear to be behind many of their subscribers in adopting modern tools.. Their latest example of being clueless is their articles about blogging, yet they themselves do not have a blog. How can a writer write about blogging when they do not have one?

In the mean time construction companies are disposing of their paper processes at a record rate and moving to web based project management applications, BIM modeling, blogs, and virtual offices. Many of our clients receive our invoices electronically and pay us through direct deposit. I think the editors at Constructech should put down their pen and paper and visit a modern day construction site. It could help them avoid the terrible fate that so many media companies have gone through.
Eric Law
EADOC Founder

Construction Industry is not last in technology just look at the insurance industry

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The insurance industry is way behind the construction industry in the use of technology. Blue Shield and Travelers are perfect examples of companies that still believe the fax machine is modern technology. I have had the unfortunate experience of having to work with both of these companies laboriously painful paper processes recently. Blue Shield who provides our employee health insurance plan does not have email access. Everything has to be mailed or faxed. Their invoices are 5-10 pages long with many pages duplicated. When I asked them to email these to me their response “we don’t do email”.
Travelers a company all of us in the construction industry know well has a slight advantage over Blue Cross. This year they provided me a temporary email address for submitting our 2009 payroll records for their annual review. This is a lot better then last years 30+ page fax I had to send them. There is still room for improvements, they should really provide clients with a portal for uploading this information and tracking the status of invoices and renewals. Even the state of CA DGS lets us go online to upload our Small business certificate documents for renewal. Travelers has made some progress but still has a way to go.
In the mean time construction companies, facility owners, and engineering firms are disposing of their paper processes at a record rate and moving to web based project management applications, BIM modeling, blogs, and virtual offices faster then these three companies can refill the paper tray on their fax machine. Many in the construction industry have recognized the limits and inefficiencies in email and are moving to collaborative applications, portals, and blogs to move information electronically.
So if you want to help move the insurance industry forward I would urge you to request all insurance documents via email, after enough requests they may finally get it.
Eric Law
EADOC Founder

CMAA Webinar follow up to 2009 conference

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I just completed a webinar with Mike Warriner from Carollo on “Leveraging Web-Based Collaboration to Deliver Quality, Cost Effective CM Services”. CMAA asked us to conduct this presentation again via webinar. This presentation was originally delivered at the 2009 CMAA conference in Orlando, Florida. If you missed the webinar the recording is available here Click here for the recording This presentation is a great opportunity for Construction Managers to learn about the benefits of using Web-Based construction management software for improving project control and reducing costs for their clients. The presentation provides attendees with benefits, evaluation criteria, and recommended processes for implementing a web based collaborative project management application.