Americans are accessing the Internet more often and from more locations than ever before. To stay ahead of the trend, Mid Atlantic BX (MABX), a trade association serving the construction industry in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, plans to launch a suite of cloud-based construction project information software early this year.
“Architecture, engineering and construction professionals are quickly adopting mobile technology and capitalizing on the many benefits these devices provide,” said Chad Harvey, MABX executive director.
“Just by looking at our organization, you can see the impact technology has made on our industry. A decade ago, our physical plan room would be filled with contractors, subcontractors and suppliers waiting to flip through large format blueprints at one of our drafting tables.
“Today, all of our construction project information is online, and our members can access it from their homes or offices.”
With the new software, MABX Tools, accessing this information will be easier, faster, and not limited to any one device or web browser.
“Our goal with Tools was to create modern applications that allow our members to access their MABX online services anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” Harvey said.
“We designed this software to be both user-friendly and fast. All three applications will be very intuitive. Most users will be able to use the software with very little instruction, which means less time spent online and more time spent winning bids.”
Tools features three different applications:
• Projects, a construction project information solution providing access to 14,000 construction projects annually;
• Plan Room, a construction bid and project management solution; and
• Directory, a list of architecture, engineering, and construction companies throughout the region.
The Tools Projects application will allow users to quickly and easily search through tens of thousands of construction projects in the pre-bid, actively bidding, and post-bid phases.
“We listened to input from our members as well as other leaders in the Mid-Atlantic architecture, engineering and construction community, and decided it was time to develop Tools to meet some major needs,” said Harvey.
“Tools will be continually updated to both keep up with the demands of our industry and advancements in software. Tools is the future of construction project information and management software.”