Owner Solutions Blog

Proliance User Group - November 2013

Dec 4, 2013 by Brant Carter

Our last meeting of 2013 had a great turnout.  In November we have presentations on the following topics.  Tips & Tricks Managing project calendars Setting up database indexes Database maintenance strategies Proliance Analytics – Queries Proliance Data Model details Building a Query using drag &a... Read more.

Schedule - Change Analysis

Dec 2, 2013 by Brant Carter
Schedule - Change Analysis

Managing change on a project is always one of the more difficult aspects a project manager faces.  Whether it is dealing with a cost change due to scope adjustment or a schedule change due to logistical aspects; project managers face a lot of complexities in reviewing and integrating the change into their planning. In some ways cost changes are simpler to manage then schedule changes.... Read more.

Ad-Hoc Analytics

Nov 19, 2013 by Brant Carter
Ad-Hoc Analytics

In previous blog posts I have shown some options on how to consume Analytics content (via Dashboards and on a iPad ).  In today’s post I am going to show just how easy it is to produce Analytics content.  In this post I will discuss the impact of ad-hoc reporting on our project team.  Previously I blogged that making content easy to produce is one of the 3 secrets to suc... Read more.

Proliance User Group - July Meeting

Jul 26, 2013 by Brant Carter

Thank you for everyone that contributed content to the Q3 Proliance User Group (PUG) meeting.  We had a great turnout and some very well done presentations.  In-Depth review of how to manage reference data within Proliance Tips & Tricks on how to manage Proliance Analytics data models A nice overview of managing small projects in Proliance A demonstratio... Read more.

Schedule Collaboration

Jul 26, 2013 by Brant Carter
Schedule Collaboration

Collaboration is an important component of a well-structured project team. Construction Owners and Program Managers are used to collaborating with Contractors through formal workflows such as RFIs, pay applications and many others but often struggle with formal (or informal) schedule collaboration. Scheduling collaboration workflows are less defined and implementing a successful process can ... Read more.

Conceptual Estimate to Project Budget

Jul 2, 2013 by Brant Carter
Conceptual Estimate to Project Budget

As we have discussed previously, building a conceptual estimate from your historical data is easy with a tool like Modelogix.  These conceptual estimates are great for planning, but when it comes to setup your project you need an actual budget, not an estimate.  Developing a budget from an estimate can be tricky as there are many issues to consider. A conceptual estimate will con... Read more.

Personalized Dashboards

Jun 20, 2013 by Brant Carter
Personalized Dashboards

As discussed in last month’s post on Construction Analytics – 3 Secrets to Success; an important component of an construction analytics system is self-service.  Having to wait for IT to configure a new dashboard creates delays and creates friction in the data analysis process.  With Proliance we have recgonized this and provided a set of easy to use tools that allow any... Read more.

Mobile Dashboards (with Video)

Jun 14, 2013 by Brant Carter
Mobile Dashboards (with Video)

Here is a short 2 minute video that demonstrates some of the Proliance Analytics mobile capabilities.  In the video you can see how to view data in the field on your iPad, interact with data offline and finally markup a report for easy collaboration. More Owners are spending time in the field, and having access to your data is critical for managing a successful project. For a comple... Read more.

Construction Analytics - 3 Secrets to Success

May 8, 2013 by Brant Carter
Construction Analytics - 3 Secrets to Success

Are you managing your construction programs or tracking them?  Tracking is like driving while looking in the rear view mirror – you certainly know where you have been, but it is difficult to know where you might end up.   To effectively manage your construction programs you need to not only know what has occurred; but anticipate what might occur.   A powerful a... Read more.

Proliance User Group

May 6, 2013 by Brant Carter
Proliance User Group

A few weeks ago we held our second Proliance user group (PUG) meeting of 2013.  These quarterly meetings are a great way for Proliance users and administrators to connect, collaborate and share information on how to better leverage Proliance features. Highlights of PUG-2013Q2 were A demonstration on how to customized the Proliance menu and shell to create construction portals.&n... Read more.

Better Planning = Better Results

May 1, 2013 by Brant Carter
Better Planning = Better Results

Setting up clear and measurable objectives is a critical component of capital planning.  It is vital that building owners understand how capital will be deployed in order to manage their construction programs effectively.  No matter what industry you operate in defining and measuring progress against these objectives is a critical aspect of a well-run capital construction program.&... Read more.

What’s new in Proliance 5.6

Mar 28, 2013 by Brant Carter
What’s new in Proliance 5.6

Earlier this week we announced the latest update to Proliance software – an application for owners and program managers to manage their construction programs. Proliance 5.6 is likely the last release on the Proliance 5.X platform and contains some important enhancements: Updated Analytics / Business Intelligence / Dashboard engine New methods for organizing project fil... Read more.

Mobile File Access

Mar 22, 2013 by Brant Carter
Mobile File Access

Having access to project files anytime or anywhere is becoming increasingly important on construction projects.  Construction staff are increasingly working outside the office and need to ensure they are not stalling progress on construction activities because of stalled workflow steps. With Proliance 5.5 Mobile we added new file attachment downloads to the workflow process.  Use... Read more.

5 Best Practices for Parametric Estimating

Mar 11, 2013 by Brant Carter
5 Best Practices for Parametric Estimating

We recently ran a webinar on preparing parametric estimates with Modelogix .  Here are 5 best practices you can use when preparing a conceptual estimate using parametric methods. Keep your historical data.  Without a reasonably large and complete data set the estimates produced won’t be as meaningful.  A system like Proliance  is a great tool for tracking c... Read more.

Earned Value for Better Project Control

Mar 5, 2013 by Brant Carter
Earned Value for Better Project Control

Earned Value can be a tricky concept for some capital construction project teams to grasp.  Traditionally, it has required a heavy process to make it successful – which has made it difficult for project managers to get the data they need to generate the reports.   The truth is that generating earned value metrics doesn’t need to be cumbersome and can be a very effe... Read more.

Capital Construction Project Management and Excel

Feb 26, 2013 by Brant Carter
Capital Construction Project Management and Excel

“There is no business process that cannot be solved using Excel – poorly”  - Unknown Ok, I will admit I changed the quote and added the word “poorly”; but the point is that Excel is the most common tool for a wide variety of business processes; and for a good reason.  Excel is very easy to use; it provides for very high end-user productivity and does... Read more.

Can We Overcome the Complexities of Real-time Budget and Cost Reporting?

Feb 20, 2013 by Joseph Poskie
Can We Overcome the Complexities of Real-time Budget and Cost Reporting?

Budget and cost management through the plan-build-operate cycle of capital programs and projects is a complex issue with fingers that extend throughout the planning and execution of projects and through a majority of business processes. Sometimes I think simply referring to it as BCM over simplifies what it really is. While BCM is often referred to in conjunction with contract mana... Read more.

SharePoint for Capital Construction Owners

Feb 14, 2013 by Brant Carter
SharePoint for Capital Construction Owners

Construction project teams are under growing pressure to enable cross team collaboration to allow for better communication and transparency on their capital construction projects, they need their applications to enable, not hinder communication. Microsoft SharePoint® is a powerful tool that was been widely deployed at most organizations and offers some compelling benefits to project te... Read more.

Conceptual Estimating

Jan 30, 2013 by Brant Carter
Conceptual Estimating

  Are you taking full advantage of your historical data?  Construction Owners who execute a lot of projects can gain tremendous value from the data they already have (assuming they aren’t relying on their contractors for that data – but that is a topic for another post).  When it comes to portfolio planning this historical data can form the basis for conceptual e... Read more.

Capital Project Planning

Jan 16, 2013 by Brant Carter
Capital Project Planning

An old axiom is that you need to plan your work and work your plan. The more sinister version is that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. Either statement works to drive home the importance of having a solid plan in place for your capital projects. This is especially true in the world of construction where the dollar amounts; and hence the risk of failure is so large. Proper planning doe... Read more.

Happy New Year?

Jan 11, 2013 by Brant Carter
Happy New Year?

Happy New Year!, or is it?  The question isn’t if the new year will be a good one but rather when does the new year actually start?  I am sure most of us all consider the new year to be January 1st, but that is really just because we are all using the same calendar – which becomes much more of an issue when you operate a global business. The calendar most people are m... Read more.

Proliance Internationalization

Nov 21, 2012 by Brant Carter
Proliance Internationalization

There is no question more firms are now operating internationally than ever before.  As emerging markets undertake extensive infrastructure programs they are looking to implement technology to help them manage large programs.  Recently, the Economist released a list of the top 10 construction firms –5 of which are in China, a clear indication of the investment in the reg... Read more.

Proliance Bidding

Oct 19, 2012 by Brant Carter
Proliance Bidding

With the release of Proliance 5.5  we added new capabilities to manage the Bid workflow from an Owners perspective.  Managing an Owner bid has its own set of challenges that are different from a General Contractor and we wanted to offer a solution that would provide solutions to the Owner market. When we first looked to add the bidding feature we reviewed the needs of the mark... Read more.

Introduction to Proliance 5.5

Oct 12, 2012 by Brant Carter
Introduction to Proliance 5.5

Earlier this month we released the latest update to Proliance to the market.  At our User Summit we gave our existing customers a sneak peak at the features and received a very positive response.  We have also hosted as set of webinars that demonstrated many of the enhancements we have rolled out.  It is exciting to finally get these new capabilities released and into the hand... Read more.

Welcome To Owner Solutions Blog

Oct 12, 2012 by Brant Carter
Welcome To Owner Solutions Blog

Welcome to our blog!  This will be a place where we discuss many topics related to our products, providing insights into all the latest happenings related to Owners in the construction market.  Topics will range from feature spotlights, market news and industry events.  The purpose of the blog is to provide a discussion for new and existing customers around how technology can ... Read more.

About the Author

Brant Carter's Bio

Brant Carter is the Product Manager for the Owner Business Unit at Meridian Systems.  He has been with the Meridian team for 10+ years in various roles.  He is currently responsible for managing the Proliance product.  If you would like to connect with Brant, feel free to follow his twitter account or send him a message on LinkedIn .