In any industry, project management and coordination are a considerable undertaking, and the AEC industry is no exception. Each project involves hundreds, if not thousands of moving pieces, and coordinating architects, engineers, and contractors to manage and deliver each component can be a logistical nightmare. According to Newforma’s State of Technology Executive Report, respondents in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada are most challenged with administrative workloads. The inefficiencies in processes are costly, and time is money.
So, why aren't Design and Construction firms doing anything to solve the issue?
- Why firms continue to struggle with administrative workloads
- What are the most significant implications of not solving this issue
As the Administrative Resources Manager at Lionakis, Jennifer Bertram leads the firm’s knowledge management efforts and manages project information management and business processes. Jennifer develops and refines workflows that use software platforms such as Newforma, Bluebeam, Synthesis, and Vision. Working with nearly 200 professionals across five offices, Jennifer is a Certified Newforma Trainer who leverages 20 years of project support experience within the architecture/engineering/construction (A/E/C) space to identify workflow inefficiencies and develop process standards. Jennifer also develops and facilitates training across the firm to achieve buy-in at all organizational levels and ensure firm-wide consistency.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of the A/E/C industry and the relationship between technical practice, project information management, business services, and a firm’s bottom line, Jennifer collaborates with firm executives to optimize organizational processes, allowing leadership to focus on broader firm goals rather than process logistics.
Kevin Sultanik is a Project Manager with Arora Engineers, Inc., a national engineering firm based in Chadds Ford, PA focused on aviation, transportation, and civic/public projects. After serving in the United States Navy, Kevin attended and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Kevin is a licensed architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and holds both LEED and PMP accreditations.
Kevin has been using Newforma Project Center to help manage design projects for over ten years. Kevin was instrumental in bringing Newforma to Arora and has been charged with its implementation and the training of over 80 staff members in seven offices nationwide.