March 25, 2018 Jason Peter Brown No comments

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 […]

November 14, 2017 Jason Peter Brown No comments

How Ripe Do You Like Your Software?

While in the minority, some FIVE system administrators don’t like automatic updates – they’re concerned that fresh-off-the-tree software might be a little too green. Until now there has only been one option – to disable automatic updates entirely.Β  This all-or-nothing approach can be problematic because administrators are forced to manually install updates on their own […]

September 20, 2017 Jason Peter Brown No comments

Major Hosted Cloud Improvements Rolled Out! 🚚

We recently implemented 2 significant improvements to the FIVE server software that have dramatically improved system performance, and will result in an improved experience for our FIVE Hosted Cloud subscribers. Have a look at this CPU load chart from one of our cloud servers that is hosting multiple FIVE subscriber services (lower is better): The […]

September 5, 2017 Jason Peter Brown No comments

Go West, Young Architect!

We’re pleased as punch to announce the expansion of our FIVE Hosted Cloud platform with the launch of a new cloud system on the west coast of North America! We’ve already migrated our existing subscribers that are closer to the new system geographically, giving them an improved experience at no extra charge. If you are […]

February 28, 2017 Jason Peter Brown No comments

Going, Going…GONE!

One thing FIVE has always done exceptionally well is make it quick and easy to distribute your construction documents. Whether it’s smart distribution lists, automatic PDF and image collation and merging, or report scheduling, distributing documentation is one task that you’ll spend a lot less time doing with FIVE than with any alternative. And guess […]

February 21, 2017 Jason Peter Brown No comments

“I Hate Contract Admin!”

It’s a common refrain we hear from architects. Nobody becomes an architect with a dream to hack away at spreadsheets. When you first became an architect there was a decent chance you barely even knew that contract administration was a part of the job – it’s a topic that is typically given a cursory glance […]

February 6, 2017 Jason Peter Brown No comments

Core Concepts of FIVE – MIMO

MIMO β€” Minimum Input for Maximum Output. It’s a core concept of FIVE that you should be able to do the minimum amount of work for the maximum result. Why MIMO? MIMO enhances your productivity and effectiveness as a contract administrator. Be More Efficient Less time spent typing, means more time for your other duties. […]

February 1, 2017 Jason Peter Brown No comments

What If?

What if you could get world-class help with your construction contract administration from someone with over 30 years experience in the business? Someone who has worked with some of the biggest Canadian architectural firms, on some of the biggest projects in the country? Someone who also has experience with small and mid-size projects, and a […]

January 31, 2017 Jason Peter Brown No comments

“But I’ve Got These Killer Spreadsheets…”

70% of architects and architectural firms are using general-purpose office software such as Word and Excel for their construction contract administration*. On the surface, this seems like the obvious choice – you’ve already paid for licenses for your Office suite, you have lots of experience with Word and Excel, and you might even have a […]

December 13, 2016 Jason Peter Brown No comments

Jump-Start Your Forms with Stock Body Content and Live Text!

Frequently find yourself typing the same text over and over again when issuing your CCA documents? Ever paste or transcribe the wrong information from a spreadsheet into your document? FIVE by StatsLog now lets you add Stock Body Content and link Live Text to your documents, virtually eliminating the chance of errors and omissions! Stock […]