Author: Jason Peter Brown

Jason has been a StatsLogger since 1998, when he first cut his teeth on the transition from StatsLog 3.0 to StatsLog4. Today he builds and hones the FIVE system based on his experience and the invaluable feedback of longtime customers.
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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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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News, Product Updates

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 interested in starting a FIVE Hosted Cloud trial and your offices are located on or near the west coast, make sure to let us know that you’d like to have FIVE hosted on our west coast cloud system!

 

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Featured image copyright by Wolfgang Staudt.  Some rights reserved.

Product Updates

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 what? It’s even faster and easier with the new Send To button, available now in FIVE by StatsLog.

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