- IT Help Desk
- HR Forms and Benefits
- Find company documents
- Corporate communication
- Sharing company core values
2. Customer Engagement & CollaborationThe company intranet is usually for all employees working behind a firewall. A Customer Engagement and Collaboration site is for external audiences. It’s the company extranet, where you communicate with people outside your network. “You can use it for collaboration,” Finnerty said. “You can invite clients and subcontractors to work on projects together, and you are all collaborating and working better together.” It gives all parties involved a single source of truth for all documents. There is no more emailing the right document. No more version control problems. It’s all stored on SharePoint and the team members with the proper security clearance can access what is needed when they need it.
3. Search and Document ManagementIf you’re not using SharePoint as your system of record for your documents, chances are your documents are unorganized. SharePoint is the system of record for documents. Employees can even search all documents, libraries and network drives. These can be indexed and search through SharePoint. With the right SharePoint consulting, your documents will not only be easily findable with search, but they will be categories and organized in a way that lets you easily find what you’re looking for. About HingePoint HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => 3 Things You Can Do with SharePoint So Your Company Will Work Faster [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 3-sharepoint-products-will-make-company-work-faster [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-30 10:20:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-30 15:20:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12442 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12394 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-01-31 09:50:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-31 15:50:27 [post_content] =>
Real Estate Developers focusing on integration issues with legacy systems
The biggest trend for almost every business is this burden to outperform how they did last year and competitors. In the commercial real estate area, there are trends that can directly influence how these companies work and achieve maximum growth.
Real estate developers want to build faster and reduce expenses, just as any good business wants. But the major difference for developers is that they are starting to feel more pressure to perform. Deloitte states that developers will begin leveraging new technologies and fix integration issues with legacy systems. Here is HingePoint’s take on the top technological trends for commercial real estate developers.
1) Real Estate Investment Staying Strong in the United States
It’s a good time to be a real estate developer. The United States continues to be the most favored destination for real estate investments, according to the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE). In their annual survey, foreign investors placed the United States as the top destination to invest in real estate.
According to the AFIRE’s press release, 95% of respondents to the survey say they will maintain or increase their investment in the United States. Dallas—where HingePoint is headquartered—ranks 12th in the world for places to invest in real estate. Almost half of the top cities to invest in are within the United States.
2) Need to Keep Top Talent
With increased investment in the United States, real estate developers will need to keep top talent and get them up to speed faster when they hire new employees. Onboarding can be frustrating at a company that does not have a process in place or a one-stop shop for internal employees and contractors. They’ll need to onboard new talent more efficiently and give instant access to needed information so employees can do their job better and come up to speed faster.
Many developers and construction companies expected to grow are upgrading their internal SharePoint sites so employees can instantly access what they need to be more productively.
Deloitte seems to think that competition for talent is going to be fierce.
“A shortage of candidates with strong skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); rising urbanization; and Millennials’ preference for an open and flexible work culture are changing the employment marketplace and will result in significant competition for talent.”
3) Cloud and Mobile
Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, where you can access shared resources, data and information on-demand. This information is stored on a computer or server that you can access through the Internet. Accessing the cloud with a mobile device gives you access to your entire business on the go. You can communicate and share virtually any document with anyone anywhere.
4) Take Control of Data
Taking control of company information is one of the most difficult and one of the most critical tasks any company can take on. And believe it or now, SharePoint is still one of the top enterprise tools out there for collaboration, and sharing and organizing information.
Anyone can start using the cloud and mobile devices. Any company can stand up SharePoint and make it a company initiative for all employees to use it. But if the information is not organized and found easily, and you can’t maximize the out-of-the-box solutions or customize SharePoint to work the way you want it, your enterprise style tools probably won't be effective.
Bryce Finnerty, CEO and Founder of HingePoint, said more commercial real estate developers are completely changing their systems.
“Many developers are going straight to customization. They want their systems and software to work the way they want it,” he said.
5) Getting rid of the old, upgrading legacy systems
Many commercial real estate developers are still using systems created in the first decade of this century, and some are still just relying on 2D CAD, email and paper. With mobile, the cloud and Autodesk’s newer capabilities, commercial real estate developers are seeing that they can leapfrog in productivity.
Many developers will begin to completely overhaul their legacy systems and software. They will take an integrated approach, which means software will automatically share data and information with other software. For example, many developers want SalesForce and SharePoint to share information and data with each other. It streamlines effort of employees and makes collaboration better.
Manual data entry and redundant tasks will dramatically fall. More employees will have access to critical information they need to do their job effectively.
New technology allows Commercial Real Estate to build prototypes with photorealistic renderings and validate design selections. This helps developers sell properties with renovations first, gets approvals faster, and markets buildings faster for less upfront cost.
3D Virtual Prototypes speed up the design and construction phases on projects. Clients often gain 20% on their project timelines. Improved collaboration, decision-making, visualization, and clash detection are benefits proven to reduce costly change orders, delays, and rework.
7) New tech like 3D printing and augmented reality
Augmented and virtual reality are so new for commercial real estate, some headsets are still being tested. For example augmented reality headsets like DAQRI’s Smart Helmet could revolutionize how new developments are built and how construction companies troubleshoot problems.
They are also altering how real estate developers show off new properties. Instead of photorealistic prototypes on a computer screen, marketers can send headsets to prospects to let them literally walk around a multi-million dollar condominium or office. It makes data truly 3D.
Bonus Trend) Drones to Market Properties
Sell and lease real estate faster by using one aerial drone photography. Create a video with drone footage to show off your property in a way never shown before. Perfect for marketing properties to prospects.About HingePoint: HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. We specialize in BIM, 3D modeling, virtual reality (VR) Augmented Reality (AR) systems integration for construction and commercial real estate development. HingePoint provides AutoDesk, BIM and Revit consulting & services for the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk products with enterprise systems. As members of the AutoDesk Development Network, we are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. We support development of Autodesk products including AutoCAD, Revit, M, BIM360 and are experts in integrating with enterprise systems including Salesforce, SharePoint & Office365. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed...Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => 7 Trends in 2017 for Commercial Real Estate: SharePoint remains top collaborative tool [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => 7-trends-in-2017-for-commercial-real-estate-sharepoint-remains-top-collaborative-tool [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-31 07:27:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-31 12:27:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12394 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12285 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-12-21 11:23:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-12-21 17:23:56 [post_content] => If you've watched any television this Christmas season, then you've seen a lot of ads running about virtual reality headsets. They are the hot item this Christmas. However, virtual reality headsets don't just make a good gift, they are going to completely change how real estate developers show properties and construction companies do work. They actually make Building Information Models truly 3D. Below you'll find a price comparison and two videos we created on headsets while at Autodesk University 2016.
Breakdown on Price
Samsung Gear VR Price: $99.99 Operating software is a mobile phone and it has to be Samsung. The performance and visual experience all depends on which Samsung cell phone you are using.
Oculus Rift Price: $599.99
- Uses a 2160 x 1200 resolution, working at 233 million pixels per second, with a 90Hz refresh rate (matches HTC Vive for refresh rate).
- Don’t need a lot of floor space to use the product.
- Easy setup-not a lot of cables
- Comfortable and light weight
- Has earphones-don’t have to use but option for “passive noise isolation”
HTC Vive Price: $799.99
- Lots of space (floor space) is required to VR with HTC Vive
- Plugs into PCs
- 70 sensors to offer 360 Degree head-tracking as well as 90HZ refresh rate (stat is key to keeping down “motion sickness”)
- Swappable foam inserts-for many people using
- Adjustable straps-comfortable
- Superb resolution but configured more for gaming
Microsoft HoloLens Price: $3,000 Blends virtual and augmented reality to make one of the most ambitious launches ever planed. The device merges real-world elements with virtual ‘holographic’ images, meaning you can look at your Minecraft world on your kitchen table, or walk around the surface of Mars in your living room.
Check out our DAQRI Smart Helmet review from Autodesk University 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-cGX7ccd8A&list=PLJOB2Ahoqzp_LZ33_qtn24cOi0XN2pl1Q
HSBCAD Showcases Augmented Reality, HoloLens Demo at Autodesk University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzJ_HFG-2BU&list=PLJOB2Ahoqzp8aERA29rro_jSkBmawKKA_ HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. We specialize in BIM, 3D modeling, virtual reality (VR) Augmented Reality (AR) systems integration for construction and commercial real estate development. [post_title] => Virtual Reality is hot this Christmas [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => virtual-reality-augmented-reality-makes-bim-truly-3d-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-05-31 07:27:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-05-31 12:27:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/blog/autodesk/virtual-reality-augmented-reality-makes-bim-truly-3d-2/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12243 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-11-15 16:58:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-11-15 22:58:57 [post_content] => Denver architect Brian Juge and BIM specialist Tony Crawford led one of the first classes at Autodesk University called "Zero to CD in 90 minutes with Revit." They started the presentation with tips on how to use Revit for beginners. Here are some of those tips. CAD vs. BIM workload curve As the construction process goes along it's harder to make changes and it gets more expensive, as seen by the popular graph above. Shifting your time and effort “to the left” sooner in your design process, can save time on each project. One of the primary ways to do this is through Revit templates. The exact tools that you include in your template will depend on your specific needs. Revit makes this possible with templates because redundant work from project to project is limited. Create Templates If you have a good template, you save time, meaning you reduce effort and costs. Juge and Crawford have invested a lot of time on their templates. The more time you put into setting up your project template, the more time you can save on each future project. Your templates set up the data you want:
- The drawing sheets
- The plan (top) and elevation (side) view of your model.
- Annotation tags
- Text styles
- Dimension styles
Question 1: What Autodesk product or solution are you most optimistic about implementing in the Future?Matt Wunch, BVH Integrated Services, BIM Manager – “Probably the Revit 360 collaboration. We’ve been asked about it before and it seems like a lot of other companies are starting to adopt it as well.” http://www.bvhis.com Justin Inman, Autodesk Evangelist – “I am most optimistic about Revit. I think Revit is the most stable platform at this stage. It's interesting to me to tie in big data and the concepts of big data to a program like Revit, and to extract all of the information. A few years ago when I attended AU, they talked about QR codes. I think there is a big opportunity in that area from a Facilities Maintenance prospective. The full life cycle of using the Revit platform.” Mike Higgins, EMCS Inc., Senior Civil Engineering Technician – “Right now Infraworks 360 seems to have a lot of great capabilities and is very user friendly and easy to learn. The web applications for it are very great being able to take it out and show it to our clients.” http://www.emcsinc.com Mark Behrens, Red Viking, Controls Designer/ CAD Manager – “I would like to see us actually get into Inventor. Right now we are using AutoCAD Electrical. I'd like to implement Inventor into our system because I know it’s been expanded so heavily and the two tie together in one common database.” https://www.redviking.com
Question 2: What would you say the theme, or highlight of AU, is this year?Brett McCarthy, Alvine Engineering, BIM Manager – “I think the theme this year is innovation. I think it’s because we are in an interesting place moving forward. We can create things that are smart and do things for us, that before innovation we couldn’t do. I think that ‘s the big idea, getting people thinking outside of the box.” http://www.alvine.com Brian Binkley, Gephart Electric, Design Manager – “Probably the technology of tomorrow. That is a recurring theme that I’ve been hearing in many of the classes I have been attending. The technology we are going to be using tomorrow is not necessarily the technology we are using today.” http://www.gephartelectric.com Darrell Dixon, Apex-Engineering, Mechanical Designer – “This year it seems like they are really trying to develop some generate design. We are letting the computer make some of the decisions you have to go through to speed that process up and make more time for yourself” http://apexengineering.net Justin Inman, Autodesk Evangelist – “That's a pretty good one. I think the theme to me, and in the technology industry, is big data and the mining of big data.”
Question 3: What would you say to those who couldn’t attend Autodesk University, and what do they need to know?Taylor Mason, Hall Aluminum Products, Designer/Project Manager – “I think if you use the products, then you should definitely try to come. It has been pretty cool so far. I am taking a lot of classes this year which might not be the best thing for a first timer. Do not wear dress shoes, there is a lot of walking at the conference. It has been a good experience meeting new people, networking, brainstorming, and talking to others. The goal is to utilize everything the conference has to offer to become more efficient in our day to day tasks.” www.hallaluminum.com Elias Ponce, TD Industries, CAD Layout – “Autodesk University is a must. If you have anything to do with CAD, you have to come. Not only the classes, but the information you learn and people you meet are incredible.” http://www.tdindustries.com Brett McCarthy, Alvine Engineering, BIM Manager – “The important thing for anyone who did not attend, would be to get on to the AU website. I even had some colleagues send me emails saying some of the classes were going live this morning. If there isn’t someone from your office who went, I would tap into other professionals in the industry because more than likely, they are willing to help and give you the resources you need. I would network even outside of being here, and make a strong push to get that information.” http://www.alvine.com Thank you for checking out some of the highlights and best responses from our Interview on Innovation series. Check our blog to explore other interesting tips and tidbits we learned at Autodesk University 2015! [post_title] => The “Best Of” HingePoint’s AU’15 Innovation Interviews Meet The Innovators Part 1 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => the-best-of-hingepoints-au15-innovation-interviews-meet-the-innovators-part-1 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-22 16:20:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-22 22:20:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=11837 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13902 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-02-08 07:51:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-02-08 13:51:42 [post_content] => I’m calling 2018 the year of cloud, mobile, and analytics for the construction and real estate industry. Why? Because of the great potential, these technologies offer to help our clients grow profitably. Do you agree? Are they a part of your company’s 2018 plans? The good news is these capabilities are widely accessible. But in this construction boom (at least in Texas and Dallas, where we are from), we find that most construction and real estate firms are riding the wave; they have tons of work, are wildly successful, and even flush with cash. When I speak to CEOs, however, they face 3 main problems. Do any of these apply to you?
- You're growing so fast you don’t have time to focus on technology. Let me guess: you're growing so fast you don’t have time to focus on technology tools? And you fear your competitors are getting ahead in construction tech?
- You're successful, but you know you're inefficient. You're probably aware that if your business automated all the wasteful busywork and you had great cloud, mobile, and analytics, you could scale faster with greater profit? In other words, you're leaving money on the table!
- Super Hero employees are saving the day. Your employees are overwhelmed with the fast pace, and it takes heroics to keep your business running. You're vulnerable to employee burn out, them jumping to competitors, or you're having trouble attracting young talent that want (and expect) mobile tools like they use for everything (everything but your company).
- Sales and Estimating – it’s all about top-line revenue, right? We have tools that automate the work and reporting for development pipelines, deal-flow, and construction bidding and estimating.
- Project Dashboards – if all work is broken into projects, you'd better know the status of all your projects (it's your life-blood). We have tons of tools to manage construction projects, share documents, manage tasks, and stay in scope, on schedule, and in budget, keeping you profitable!
- Financials – it’s all about the money, right? Automate reports of forecast vs. actual budgets, and hold the line on profit by staying on top of all and any issues impacting your bottom line.
- It puts our money where our mouth is. We actually lose money in the short run! But, we are so confident that you will get results. We're betting on ourselves that our Partners (our #1 core value - you) will work with us in the long run.
- We want to make it very easy and low risk to try out our new solutions.