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Case Study: Torcon Increases Productivity with AEC Cloud Hosting

Case Study: Torcon Increases Productivity with AEC Cloud Hosting

The Problem: A Need for Reliable Reporting Capabilities Torcon is a builder that provides construction management and general contracting services to leading
corporations and private institutions.

With 175 employees and clients across the country and in Puerto Rico, the company needs to ensure that its employees are connected and can access reports and other information they need.

“We typically have 20 clients, and between 30 and 40 different projects running concurrently,” said Rich Zavali, Engineering Application Manager at Torcon. “We need our staff to have access to database files and other project-related documents, whether they’re at a construction site or working in the office.”

 

The Solution: AEC Cloud’s Hosting Solution
Torcon started working with AEC Cloud in 2006.

Before working with AEC Cloud, we had security concerns and our database access was limited,” Zavali said. “AEC Cloud gave us reporting access from different locations, and allowed us to run global reports across different databases.”

Over the years, AEC Cloud worked with Torcon to introduce new applications. Today, their custom solution gives Torcon’s employees access to an integrated package of virtual desktop, document management, financial, and project management tools.

The software package includes:

  • Meridian System’s Prolog Suite,
  • Prolog Converge,
  • and Prolog Connect

AEC Cloud also recently began hosting CMIC, Torcon’s financial software system for the last seven years. Employees can access these tools from a job site, or any of the company’s three offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, or Puerto Rico.

This increases their productivity and helps them provide better service to clients.

Torcon recognizes the importance of partnering with a company that understands the construction industry and can support the software it uses on a daily basis.

“AEC Cloud understands the products we use and has proven expertise in the Architecture Engineering and Construction industry,” Zavali said. “This allows us to focus on our core business of managing our customers’ projects, and not worry about the technical issues.”

Torcon also appreciates the reliable technical support that AEC Cloud provides. “They provide excellent customer service,” Zavali said. “If there’s a problem, we know we can call a qualified person to help us.

We don’t need separate people to keep our IT systems running, which also enhances our productivity and helps keep operating costs down.”

AEC Cloud is also an expert in ensuring document security. “We’ve had excellent document security and stability over the years,” Zavali explained. “Even though our employees are working at various locations, we never worry about security.

It’s comforting to us and reassuring to our clients.”

Torcon plans to continue working with AEC Cloud for its IT hosting needs. “Partnering with AEC Cloud allows us to focus on our clients and continue providing excellent customer service,” Zavali said. “We’ve increased our efficiency and productivity, which helps us compete more effectively with other companies in our industry.”

“AEC Cloud really cares about your business, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

AEC Cloud understands the products we use and has proven expertise in the Architecture Engineering and Construction industry. This allows us to focus on our core business of managing our customers’ projects, and not worry about the technical issues.
Rich Zavali, Engineering Application Manager at Torcon

 

 

 


About The Cram Group & AEC Cloud
Since 2001, The Cram Group is a leading Consulting, Hosting, and Development services provider focused on the AEC Industry. Core offerings include education about Cloud Computing and Solutions based on the NIST Cloud Definition; Software for Unified Application Management and Role Specific Applications; and Services from Advisory to Maintenance which are available direct and through a nationwide Certified Partner Network.
For more information, call 212-505-0381, or email us sales@aeccloud.com

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About Torcon
Torcon is a builder that provides construction management and general contracting services to leading corporations and private institutions. Headquartered in New Jersey, Torcon is one of the largest, most active builders in the Mid-Atlantic States, as well as the premier construction management company in Puerto Rico. Torcon is ranked among the nation’s 80 largest at-risk construction management companies according to ENR, the industry’s leading publication, and was named ENR-New York’s Contractor of the Year in 2013.
For more information, visit www.torcon.com

 

Case Study: Morley Builders Increases Efficiency with AEC Cloud

Case Study: Morley Builders Increases Efficiency with AEC Cloud

The Problem: A Need for Streamlined Data Entry and Greater Efficiency

Morley Builders is an employee-owned construction company that provides services through two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Morley Construction Company and Benchmark Contractors Inc. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, the company needed a way for its employees to maintain large amounts of drawing and specification information and stay connected, while working at construction sites or in the office.

“We work on a variety of building projects, from commercial and retail to multifamily residential complexes,” said Erin Khan, Project Manager at Morley Builders. “We needed a way for our 200 employees to easily input project data and share information.”

 

The Solution: AEC Cloud’s Office Business Applications

While researching various options, Morley Builders heard about AEC Cloud’s office business applications (OBAs). “We talked with other vendors about developing a custom solution, but the development time and cost were prohibitive,” explained Ernest King, Operations Technology Manager.

“Then we found out about the business application offered by AEC Cloud, and it sounded like the right solution at a great price.”

An OBA is an application written for Microsoft Office applications based on .NET technology that uses web services to connect to a Line of Business (LOB) application or any other application. OBAs built on the Microsoft Office Business Application framework are a great way to extend LOB applications so companies can capture critical information in spreadsheets and work offline.

In 2014, Morley Builders began using AEC Cloud’s Drawings & Specification OBA. The application allows employees to quickly input a large amount of data all at once, which saves time – especially at the start of a project, when certain information is repetitive.

“Previously, our employees had to manually input large data sets of drawing and specification information, which was very time consuming and labor intensive,” Khan said. “Now, we can input data much more quickly. The OBA interfaces with Microsoft Excel and our spreadsheets, which makes it easy since most end users already know Excel. You can also see a lot of data at once for editing, instead of just one record at a time.”

Morley Builders recognized the value of working with a company that understands the construction industry and supports the software it uses. “AEC Cloud has extensive knowledge of the software we use and how it all works together,” King said. “The Drawings & Specification OBA has a direct connection to Prolog, which makes updating information very easy. We just have to push one button to make a batch of revisions.”

Morley Builders also appreciates AEC Cloud’s technical expertise and customer service.

“In addition to delivering on the OBA, they also investigated and helped us solve another Prolog integration issue we had been experiencing for months,” Khan said. “Their knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile for us as a new client really sets them apart from others in the industry.”

Morley Builders plans to continue partnering with AEC Cloud.

“AEC Cloud stood out with their volume of offerings through the OBA Store,” Khan said.

“The Drawings & Specification application was easy to install, works seamlessly, and has increased our efficiency since we started using it in our production environment. We’ll watch for other solutions from AEC Cloud that may work for us in the future.”

 

About AEC Cloud’s OBA Store

The OBA Store is the online source for Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs).  We have standard OBAs for most features supported by Prolog and are always looking to build them for other Line of Business applications based on client demand and Vendors opening up their web service technologies.  Get a free account to access and browse to the largest catalog of OBAs for the AEC Industry!

Sign Up Here or Login Here if you already have an account.

The OBA Cloud is the online source for hosting Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs).  When combined with The OBA Store there’s simply no better way to buy, manage, and deploy your OBAs.

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About Morley Builders
Morley Builders is owned by nearly 200 employees and has a total craftsman payroll that ranges from 300 to 600, depending on the number of self-performed field projects under construction. Morley Builders has more than 65 years of experience in the construction industry and contracts its services through two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Morley Construction Company and Benchmark Contractors, Inc.

For more information, visit www.morleybuilders.com.

Massaro CM Services: Maximizes Effeciency With AEC Cloud/TCG Services

In 2010, The Cram Group via a partnership with Accordant, began hosting Meridian Systems’ Prolog Manager and Prolog Converge for Massaro CM Services. This helped the company streamline its document management system, and communicate better with clients.

The Cram Group handled the company’s migration from Prolog Website to Prolog Converge. They also performed several professional services, including:

On-site training on Prolog, Converge notications and Development of a custom Prolog Converge Dashboard.

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Accordant Partnering to Provide the AEC Industry with Integrated Technology Solutions

We’re changing the Way the AEC Tech Industry Does Business. Over the years, partnering in the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry has become more common. However, as technology continues to evolve, companies will need to partner in different ways. Selecting the right partner is critical to ensure success and maximize efficiency.

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DECCO Ltd. Streamlines Processes and Increases Efficiency with ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services

In 2010, The Cram Group began hosting Meridian Systems’ Prolog Manager and Prolog Converge for DECCO Ltd. This helped the company streamline its file management and archiving system, and communicate better with clients.

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GPX Global Systems, Inc. Maximizes Efficiency Worldwide with ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services

GPX Global Systems, Inc. builds and operates private, carrier-neutral Internet Exchanges and Internet Data Centers in emerging commercial markets around the world. With offices in New York, Mumbai and Cairo, this rapidly-growing international company needed a way to keep all of its employees connected and working efficiently.

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Project 3 Technologies and The Cram Group Partner to Deliver Integrated Technology to the AEC Industry

While partnering is not a new concept in the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, it can have a wide range of depth and varying degrees of success. As technology continues to evolve, the need to partner in different ways will change as well.

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The J Companies Uses ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services to Enhance Efficiency and Reduce Operating Costs

The J Companies, LLC, is a builder that provides construction management, development, and consulting-related services. Headquartered in New York, the company is managed by brothers Allan J. Brot and David J. Brot. The company has extensive experience in construction, development, pre-construction planning, consulting, and construction monitoring.

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Projacs leverages Collaborative Project Management through ProjectXnet Cloud Hosting Services

Projacs International, a large Pan-Arab project management firm headquartered in Bahrain, is comprised of 21 offices across the world. Delivering projects in 24 different countries requires the corporation to coordinate hundreds of staff across a number of borders, a task that demands sophisticated and reliable technological capabilities.

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E-Invoice Enables Paperless Invoicing through Transparency and an Easy Tracking System

The Cram Group’s ProjectXnet, Meridian Systems’ Prolog Manager and ColumbiaSoft’s Document Locator allows users to extend their existing applications and enable native collaboration among more than 50 companies contributing to a paperless invoice process.

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