New Trends in Construction and Building
Building information modeling

Building Information Modelling takes into account the most crucial thing in a construction project: Collaboration. To put it simply, BIM refers to a collaborative method of working which is based on the generation and exchange of data and information between the various project parties.

Project management software

Like various other industries, construction has realized the potential of implementing a project management software. Real-time project management software has been continuously advancing in order to draw more insights from data.

VR and AR

Compared to augmented reality, virtual reality is a much more common tool in construction. It is often used in BIM. Its biggest benefit is the ability to provide virtual walk throughs in order to sell property and pitch architectural ideas to clients. The possibility to virtually show clients what their investment will look like beforehand, makes VR a very attractive technology.


Robotics and Automation have revolutionized various industries. Its arrival in construction has been slow but it’s here now and rapidly spreading. There has been much technological advancement made in robotics. One such example is MIT’s Digital Construction Platform which uses 3D printing to create form structures.


There has been much talk about Drones and the numerous advantages they provide to a construction project. It is extensively used in mapping the construction site (thereby gathering data of the entire site), reporting the changes and updates of the project to clients, and monitoring and inspecting job sites.

Modular construction

Modular buildings or prefabricated buildings is the development of a building structure off-site, and then transporting it to the desired site without compromising on quality. There is no change in building materials and supplies, and the job is done in less time.

Green construction

One of the most significant change observed in the construction industry is the growing interest in green construction. There has been a global change in the way people consume. Consumers have started to change their lifestyles.

In short, 2018 holds

A lot of excitement for the construction industry. From BIM to VR to Green Construction… we will see a lot of progress in all of these sectors. Lets keep a look out and see where the industry is next year.

Risk management plan in construction

Intense competition for available work
Expectation to produce a high return on all invested funds
Intense pressure to save as much money as possible as well as time
Consistently low margins and lower profits
A high number of litigation cases as well as disputes
Safety issues
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Imagine if a single decision could have the same climate-saving impact as neutralising the carbon emissions of one million cars or four million cows. Project managers and sustainability officers would be hurriedly investigating ways to revolutionise the Australian construction industry… right?

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Bartender was recently updated to offer you some great new features that make choosing the right suppliers for jobs even easier.

5 Things to consider when evaluating estimating software

A key element of any successful construction business is accurate estimating, allowing you to anticipate all of your costs and ensure profitability. The problem is that estimating is time consuming and often labour intensive, where errors can add up and have a big impact on your bottom line.

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It’s that time of year again when it’s time to get all your financial ducks in a row, and cross your fingers that you’ve done all you can to avoid winding up with a huge tax bill for you and your business.

While it can seem like a daunting time, there’s no need to just hope for the best. There’s some great tax benefits - savings and write-offs, that are just waiting for you to take advantage of; you just have to know they’re there.

Whether you run a large business or your own small business, it’s important to know what savings are available, and how you can actually benefit from the Tax Man.

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For more than 35 years Buildsoft has been pioneering estimating solutions in Australia.

This lifetime of achievement, development, and innovation has come from a very real passion to help make the estimating process easier and more efficient for the construction industry.

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Here at Buildsoft, we’re committed to understanding your challenges and finding the best way to solve them to make your work easier.

Using the important feedback we’ve received from our customers, we’re proud to bring you Cubit 9.1; with new features and functionality inspired by your requests, and developed to provide the best solutions to your challenges.

Here’s what you can expect.

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 DesignBUILD - the ultimate industry event for construction technology and other elements of the construction industry is in hitting Sydney next week, and Buildsoft are set and ready.  


With $10 trillion spent each year on construction and 7% of the world’s working population working in construction-related professions, there’s no questioning the industry's economic size and impact. Despite this, there is an obvious, underlying dormancy in the industry's productivity (productivity as the total amount of output per worker). Shown below, the productivity gap between the construction industry and other non-farming industries is exponential.

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Disruption is a buzzword that clearly sums up how innovators are fundamentally altering products, services and business models. It is a driving factor behind the advancements and improvements in all industries. This got us thinking - what will be the next big game-changer in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry?

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So, a termite walks into a bar and asks "Is the Bartender here?" Bad jokes aside, we’re certainly happy Bartender is here, and from much of the feedback we’ve gotten, you guys are happy too. Bartender has been servicing the industry with us for more than a year now, and we’ve hit some great milestones since we launched.

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We’re excited to be delivering MudShark 7, which includes our most flexible and user requested features to date so you have unparalleled control over your earthworks projects. We’ve kept our customers at the front of our mind as we designed and developed MudShark 7, and we can’t wait for you to use take advantage of our work.

6 Free Construction Apps to Jump Start Your 2019

With the increased prevalence of tech innovation in the construction industry, more businesses are releasing apps catered to the construction and building industry. While this is welcome news, it can be hard to sift through the myriad of apps out there to find the ones that truly add value to your daily work – without the need to pay subscription fees or to make in-app purchases.

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Buildsoft has released an important update to Cubit. See details of the release below. 

Cubit 9.0.3 Release


  • Fixed an issue where the text on some Vector plans would cause an error message to display when imported.

  • Fixed a rare issue where using Revisions on imported jobs from older versions of Cubit would display an error message.

  • Fixed an issue where the Legend in the viewport will disappear when zooming in or out of the plan.

  • Fixed a rare issue that allowed an Item in the Estimate Sheet to have a calculated Total when it only contained a Rate.

  • Fixed an issue where Manual Totals were not transferring when the Item was inserted from a Template.

  • Fixed an issue where Bartender Picked Rates were not replacing a Rate Sheet Item's Estimate rates when the Job was exported.

  • Fixed an issue where merging Jobs containing Bartender Picked Rates would display an error message.

  • Fixed an issue where the dropdown for the Grouping Code of your Job would not display correctly if you were using a resolution of 4k or higher.

  • Fixed a rare issue where importing a DWG plan on a new install of Cubit would display an error message.

  • Fixed a rare...

Start the year off with your best foot forward, with Buildsoft.

2019 is already flying by, with January nearly over. While we can be tempted to gradually get back into the swing of work and slowly build up momentum, now is the perfect time to review your business processes and resources, to ensure you are set up to make this year one of your best.

How to Win Construction Leads on Social Media

Attracting customers to your construction business is a continuous process. While traditional methods such as word of mouth, referrals and print advertising may have worked for your company, there will always be a glass ceiling to growth if you don’t leverage online marketing techniques. 

9 New Construction Materials to Explore in 2019

Construction materials have come a long way over the years. From the use of timber and concrete to cigarette butts and cardboard, builders are looking for newer and more effective materials for their projects. Builders are taking advantage of innovative solutions that will reduce the time and cost of designing new structures. 

Green Building Techniques and Materials

Builders across the country are realising the importance of using green building materials and techniques. While traditional construction materials such as concrete have been used for many years, they result in fossil fuel depletion and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Here at Buildsoft, we’re always striving to deliver you innovative and better ways of working. That’s why we’ve introduced some more enhancements to Bartender, to give you improved visibility and access to your data, so you have greater flexibility and control over how you work.

Here’s what we’ve added.

What to Include in a Construction Company Business Plan

The construction industry is growing steadily from year to year. In 2018, construction comprised 8% of the country’s GDP, and we can expect that positive trend to continue. 

5 Examples of Automation in Construction

Automation and robotics is the hot new trend in many different industries. Businesses are looking for ways of automating repetitive, time-consuming, and dangerous tasks to enhance efficiency and improve the safety of workers. The construction industry is no different. In fact, automation is an excellent solution for builders to increase operational efficiency and to cut down on costs. 

Take A Break: Overseeing Industry Related Mental Health in 2019

With over 1.1 million people employed by the Australian construction industry, making up around 8% of the nation’s GDP, the physical health and safety of industry workers are of utmost importance. A topic that is rarely talked about, however, is the mental health and safety of industry workers.

The Latest Technology in Construction Safety

As the construction industry in Australia continues to grow, workplace safety has become a top concern. The biggest risks that face workers on a construction site are the fatal four: falls, electrocutions, being struck by an object, and being caught in-between. In fact, 28% of all construction injuries involve persons falling from elevated heights. 

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We’re proud to bring you our latest advancement in estimating and takeoff, with Cubit 9.

Enhancing usability, speed, and efficiency is always at the fore of our efforts at Buildsoft, so we can deliver on our commitment to making construction easier. Working with the important feedback we get from our customers, coupled with our drive for innovative technologies, we’re excited to bring developments that continually improve the way you work.

We know estimating can be time consuming. There’s a lot of competition to your business and everyone’s wanting to find a faster way.

Estimating with Cubit is already fast, up to 10 times faster than traditional methods, and 3 times than that of other systems. Now we’ve changed the game.

5 Commercial Building Trends to Watch Next Year

Australia’s commercial construction industry is expected to grow by 8% in 2019 alone. Because commercial buildings are such a large part of the overall economy, it’s important to remain up to speed with any emergent trends that will shape the industry moving forward. Construction trends are constantly changing, and companies in this sector need to remain at the fore so they don’t fall behind their competition. 

5 Smart Ways to Get Construction Leads

Generating leads is critical to the success of any business. In the construction industry, lead generation (through online and offline channels) is essential to keeping the pipeline full, extending your reach and growing your company. 

Sustainable Construction: Techniques and Trends

In the world of construction, many trends come and go. Some fall by the wayside in a short period of time, but others grow to become an integral part of the industry as a whole. Sustainable construction definitely falls under the latter.

Advertising vs Marketing for Builders

Builders have used traditional advertising for many years, such as print media, TV, radio, flyers and apparel to gain the attention of customers. But the way that consumers buy products has changed dramatically over the past decade, meaning there are now new opportunities to attract and convert customers. 

How to Start a Building Company in Australia

It’s an attractive time to start a building business in Australia. Strong sector growth, growing demand for both residential and commercial projects, and a steadily rising population are leading many Australians to ask how they can get in on the action.


2018 was rife with innovation in the construction industry, with the advance of artificial intelligence, breakthroughs in construction robotics, and an increasing importance placed on sustainable architecture and accessible design.  

Construction Technology Trends Shaping Our Skylines

With urban areas of Australia experiencing significant population growth, construction activities are rising to meet demand. The global construction industry is expected to grow by 4.2% between 2018-2023, and the Australian construction sector is enjoying its piece of the pie. 

staircase regulations

It’s an exciting time to be designing staircases. From transparent stairs to giant spiral staircases, architects have more choice than ever. Staircases are no longer just a functional feature of a building: they’re a central element of the design.

Should you hire overseas contractors in 2018?

At Latham we’ve had the good fortune of having all of our stair and flooring product manufacturing needs met by Australian workers. However, some organisations in the construction and manufacturing industries don't have the same luxury, with many facing constant skill shortages and budget constraints. In such instances often the only option is hiring overseas building contractors to tap into a wider pool of skilled talent.

Building hype: 2018’s biggest construction trends

With rapid advancement of technology across all sectors, an increased focus on sustainability and changes to the contractor hiring landscape, 2018 is set to be a year filled with opportunities and innovations.

We’ve rounded up 6 exciting building and construction trends to keep an eye on this year – and what they mean for you.

Study up! 5 steps for tactile indicator stud installation

Tactile indicator studs are an essential tool for ensuring pedestrian safety in busy or slip-prone areas. They also help anyone who is blind or visually impaired to navigate the world; by warning people when they are approaching a hazardous situation, such as stairs or a train platform, as well as providing directional cues for getting around in public spaces.

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With widespread adoption of BIM in project management and new legislation around hiring international contractors, construction project management has changed a great deal in 2017.

Stay grounded: A guide to Australian floor coverings standards

Floor coverings can pose many OH&S risks. Highly polished or slippery floors cause falls in wet weather conditions, reflective surfaces trigger migraines or confusion for those with visual impairments, and poorly secured floor surfaces or obstructions can cause access issues for people with mobility disabilities.

3 factors to determine whether project managers should use BIM software

BIM (Building Information Modelling), is shaking up the architecture, engineering and construction industries in fundamental ways, leading to new ways of working through projects. Before project managers take the leap into this new paradigm, however, there are various BIM pros and cons to consider.

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To create great buildings, architects need great clients. That's why your first meeting with a potential client as an architect is crucial.

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Imagine you’re preparing for a major client presentation tomorrow and you know you’ve got a late, caffeine-fuelled night ahead.

Burning the midnight oil can be inevitable to meet tight deadlines but effective time management can minimise the long hours and stress. If you’re juggling multiple projects and feeling the strain it could be time to look at new architectural project management software and strategies to add to your toolkit.

Construction robotics: fad or future?

When it comes to robotics, the construction industry has remained relatively untapped due to the difficult nature of automating manual construction tasks. However, the industry is on the cusp of a revolution: a string of innovations and developments in the field of construction robotics this year are paving the way for exciting developments that will shape the future of our industry.

5 Technologies to Improve Site Safety and OHS

Construction job sites can be risky places to work. Not only do employees have to contend with heights, moving and falling objects, respiratory dangers and moving vehicles, but they also have to exert their powers of concentration in the midst of all these hazards.

10 Statistics Defining the Australian Construction Industry

Australia’s construction industry is one of the largest growing sectors in the country, with commercial construction work expected to increase by 9.3% in 2018 alone. With such rapid growth, the industry will continue to demand a larger share of the overall GDP, employ more people, and contribute to the larger economy of Australia. 

Simple Checklist for Building a New House

Building a new home as an owner-builder allows you to get more hands-on during the design, financing and construction process; bringing your dream home to life on your terms.

5 Positive Impacts of Construction Technology

No matter what the industry, businesses that are quick to adapt to new technologies are driving efficiency, accuracy and profitability, and gaining a competitive edge. The construction industry is no different.

Marketing for builders

A lot of home builders are incredibly skilled at building houses, but not so confident in building an effective marketing plan.

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Following our ethic of ongoing improvement, we’re listening to your feedback, implementing new functions and delivering updates to further enhance Bartender’s usability.

5 Simple Ways to Avoid Change Orders and Reduce Costs

Change orders can derail your carefully crafted budget and cause delays and conflicts within your project schedule. 

Improve Your Relationship with Architects (and Win More Work)

Good relationships between contractors and architects can be beneficial to both parties, but a recent report showed that architects often receive poor satisfaction ratings from contractors. Clearly, some of these contractor/architect relationships are strained.


17 July 2019

Construction Management Software Trends, Insights & Updates

AC Development Group

17 July 2019

Construction Company
Wednesday, July 17, 2019