October 20, 2019 Jason Peter Brown No comments

The reward of energy, enterprise and thrift…

…is taxes! Now FIVE has the flexibility to handle multiple tax rates, making it easier to accurately administer construction contracts with complex tax requirements. There are 4 tax types available to be configured and assigned to any contract or order item: Default Tax – this is the standard tax % that has always been available […]

July 29, 2019 Michael Copas No comments

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 […]

June 25, 2019 Michael Copas No comments

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 […]

February 6, 2017 Jason Peter Brown No comments

Core Concepts of FIVE – MIMO

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. 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 […]

October 7, 2016 Jason Peter Brown No comments

Say Goodbye to IT Headaches

As we approach the two year anniversary of our FIVE Hosted Cloud service, we’re seeing a real uptick in the number of new and existing clients who are choosing our hosting service over running the system on their in-house infrastructure. There’s no doubt that this is a win for our clients as they get the […]