Construction Software Basics
This course is offered in partnership with MTCopeland. Dr. Kenneth Sands, a Construction Management professional and university professor in Construction Education, teaches you about various different kinds of software used in construction across several phases, and demonstrates user tutorials in NavisWorks, MS Project, Bluebeam Revu, and Procore. With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.
Dr. Kenneth S. Sands II is an Assistant Professor in the Construction Management Program at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL, and an experienced construction management professional. He holds a doctorate in Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He’s also worked as an estimator and project manager, with previous experience in purchasing, buyout and project site supervision. Dr. Sands’s passion for the construction industry was inspired by his father’s work as a carpenter.
This course is designed for construction professionals and contractors looking to learn about software systems that can help complete a project efficiently; lower costs; and aid in effective communication with clients, crew, and everyone involved during the building process.
Introduction – Your instructor, Dr. Kenneth Sands, reviews the ways many different systems and workflows are combined to make construction run smoothly, software included. Learn why software is a critical component in construction management, and how software is used in nearly every step of the construction process.
CM Software – Software helps organize documentation, track risks, and input information correctly. Ken reviews the many kinds of construction software, each of which is designed for use during a different phase of construction.
Why Use Software? – Not only can software make project workflows more seamless, but it can also help save money since it cuts down on paperwork and labor hours. Learn about the many benefits of using software.
What Software, Which Phase? – Ken reviews several different softwares that correspond to certain construction phases: from 3D design, scheduling, and estimating software used in the pre-construction phase; to groupware systems that allow large teams to track progress.
3D Model Review Software: NavisWorks – NavisWorks helps you navigate a 3D model, and also includes logistics like timelines and cost of materials. Ken demonstrates how to use NavisWorks to understand a project’s design and flag potential issues.
Scheduling Software: MS Project – Ken prepares a construction project management schedule using MS Project. Learn how to input sequencing, establish “depends-on” parameters, create timelines, and complete each essential step of scheduling.
Estimating Software: Bluebeam Revu – Bluebeam Revu allows you to capture material quantities on a 2D plan, add pricing, and produce a well-structured construction estimate. Ken demonstrates how to use Bluebeam Revu to analyze a site plan, add information like measurements and annotations, and calculate a basic estimate.
Groupware: Procore – Procore is a groupware system that helps project management team members communicate. Ken reviews how to use Procore to build workflows, create RFIs and submittals, and manage daily logs.
Conclusion – Maximizing software capabilities will help you be more efficient in your construction career. Ken emphasizes the importance of curiosity when learning how to use new technology—and how it will serve you well in construction management.