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.(more…)
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.(more…)
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.(more…)
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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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.(more…)
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 at best in architecture school.
That said, contract admin can account for 25% of your fee. The problem is that most architects are spending at least that much on performing their contract administration duties, often turning the construction phase into a money pit.
MIMO — 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.
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 proven track record across all kinds of buildings?
Someone adaptable to the unique needs of your practice, who can quickly and flexibly support your individuality?
Someone who can help your contract admin become more efficient, accurate, and responsive – guiding your outcomes to greater success.
Someone who is a force-multiplier – augmenting the hard work put in by those around them?
What if you could secure these skills for a fraction of the yearly salary of a typical contract administrator? Would you even need to think about it?
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 nice collection of spreadsheets and word templates that you’ve cobbled together over the years. But what if we dig a little deeper?