AEC Resources

These strategic white papers and eBooks developed by Agile Frameworks help AEC firms optimize processes for more competitive, profitable operations.

The Buy vs. Build Question:Construction Materials Testing & Lab Software
Multidisciplinary engineering firms must decide whether to buy or build business software applications that address functions like scheduling & dispatch, field data collection, quality control, lab services, and reporting. This white paper will help you make the best possible decision, considering both the costs—multi-year outlays for software development or acquisition, systems hosting, support, and on-going maintenance—and how you as a leader can prepare your organization to choose.

Critical communication: Electronic field information management system and client reporting portal helps keep $1 billion light rail project on track
The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) is the largest public works project in Minnesota history. The $1 billion project connects the downtown areas of St. Paul and Minneapolis, carrying more than 40,000 daily riders. This feature article from CE News magazine details the critical role of a field information management system in keeping the $1 billion light rail project moving.

Field Information Management Systems (FIMS) – The Business Case – From Concept to ROI
A field information management system (FIMS) is the “killer app” for engineering services firms, managing business processes from business development through the completion of all services and delivery of client documents to project billing. This paper explains how an FIMS functions as well as how it dramatically reduces cycle time, provides significant measurable ROI, and the benefits in terms of competitive differentiation and customer retention.

Decreasing AEC Project Write-Offs: An Effective Path to Improve Profitability, Cash Flow and Service Delivery
A typical engineering firm’s project write-offs can account for 5% of annual revenue. This paper details five common reasons for write-offs, and explains how implementing best-practices in process and technology reduces project write-offs by 60% to 80%, helping firms recoup 3% to 4% of revenue, regardless of market conditions.

A Practical Deployment Strategy for Digital Signatures and Seals in Fully Electronic AEC Processes
This guide presents detailed information on digital signatures, including critical points to think about when assessing a potential solution. It explains how digital signatures bring the capital project industry forward — toward more efficient, cost-effective, and faster project delivery. Through tamper-evidence and digital user ID certificates, digital signatures ensure that all parties can rely on the integrity of a document’s contents as well as the signer’s identity and intent.


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