Price Updates

We Have a Plan for You.

Architectural firms come in all shapes and sizes, from sole proprietorships to multi-national enterprises. Architects also perform contract admin in a variety of ways. Some employ a smaller CCA team that work on a larger number of projects, while others have a larger CCA team working on a smaller number

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FIVE by StatsLog

That’s a Wrap!

All good projects – and even the not-so-good ones – must come to an end. When they do, you’re sitting on a mountain of documentation, from change notices to certificates for payment, shop drawing logs to incremental progress billings. If you’re a user of our software, this documentation is all

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FIVE by StatsLog

We’ve Cued Up New Features on the Document Queue Tab

FIVE’s Document Queue tab is a handy place to collect and combine multiple documents into a single PDF for distribution. Now you can also clip and collate documents for total flexibility!

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Price Updates

We Have a Plan for You.

Architectural firms come in all shapes and sizes, from sole proprietorships to multi-national enterprises. Architects also perform contract admin in a variety of ways. Some employ a smaller CCA team that work on a larger number of projects, while others have a larger CCA team working on a smaller number of projects. The biggest firms tend to have a lot of both CCAs and projects. This means that when it comes to pricing, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach that works for everyone.

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FIVE by StatsLog, Product Updates

That’s a Wrap!

All good projects – and even the not-so-good ones – must come to an end. When they do, you’re sitting on a mountain of documentation, from change notices to certificates for payment, shop drawing logs to incremental progress billings.

If you’re a user of our software, this documentation is all tucked away nicely in the digital filing cabinet that is FIVE – perfectly organized and ready for archival. But what if you want to keep copies of your project data outside of FIVE?

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FIVE by StatsLog, News, Product Updates

It’s Time to Reap What You’ve Sown

StatsLog has been in the construction contract admin business for over 35 years. That’s an eternity in the software business, and we’ve seen many technologies come and go.

The same can’t be said of our customers though – some of our relationships go back decades. Those customers have amassed an impressive amount of project data over that time, and we’ve ensured that they can migrate it seamlessly from update to update.

The missing piece – at least up until now – is that there hasn’t been an easy way to get an arm’s length view of all that accumulated project data. We’ve traditionally considered projects to be separate silos of unrelated information, but the truth is that there are connecting threads between each and every project you work on.

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Commentary, Contract Administration

The long and winding road…

This year, StatsLog enters its 35th year of uninterrupted use in Canada’s architectural community. Over this time, we have witnessed incredible changes in technology and business practices.

What we started back in 1984 as a relatively modest replacement to “pen and paper” approaches to tracking changes to construction contracts, is now an enterprise-ready, highly customizable solution for the contract administration and documentation needs of construction projects of all shapes and sizes. In fact, over the past few years we’ve seen the usage of our software increase dramatically – from $3.5 billion in active projects in 2016 to $9.2 billion today.

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Commentary, Contract Administration, FIVE by StatsLog

Alright Stop, Collaborate and Listen!

Collaboration is being pitched as an approach to integrate the diverse, and often divergent demands of a project team into a single vision. It’s a commendable goal, but most of software solutions that claim to help are centralized systems under the control and management of the developer or contractor. At the end of the day though, it is the design professional who is on the hook in terms of liability for the job – meaning it is in the design professional’s best interest to be in control of the project data.

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Contract Administration, FIVE by StatsLog

Change Management – the other side of the coin

We previously explored the outgoing documents of CCDC 24 – those that are initiated by the designer/design team such as Site Instructions, Change Notices, and Change Orders. Now let’s take a closer look at the incoming documents – those that you receive from the contractor, consultants, and/or your client.

Since incoming documents are coming from outside sources, they tend to be less structured. Sometimes they aren’t even documents in the traditional sense at all (phone calls, texts, and email messages). CCDC2 tends to limit all communications about the project to the contractor, while management and other contracts may have communication coming from each discipline separately. Regardless of the contract type or communication source, incoming documents usually come in one of two “flavours”:

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Contract Administration

Exploring Change “Notices”

In construction contract administration the general purpose of a notice is to document the anticipated expansion or contraction of the scope of work of a project. Notices can be used to elicit a quote from the contractor, and should contain language that explicitly forbids or permits the contractor to proceed with any work described therein without subsequent written authorization in the form of an approved Order.

Notices go by a variety of names, including: Change Notice, Contemplated Change Order, Proposed Change, Change Directive, and Bulletin. Despite the diverse nomenclature, there are three commonly issued types of Notices:

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Commentary

Report from the Field – CSC CCA Course

I just completed the week long, intensive Construction Contract Administration (CCA) course put on by Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) in Toronto. Largely due to the dynamic personality of instructor Ted Katsoris it was more fun than I expected! Ted was serious and informative as needed, but he kept things light by periodically injecting his somewhat acerbic and occasionally self-deprecating sense of humour into the lessons. 8 hours a day over 4 days is a long time to stay 100% focused on contract admin, but Ted kept it entertaining.

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