PRODUCT BLOG

Learn how industry peers are succeeding with cmBuilder, explore cmBuilder product updates, our events and our take on the construction industry as a whole.

Industry Insights
4D Construction Simulation Explained

Explore how 4D construction simulation helps enhance planning, communication, safety, and more as well as how to implement 4D for your next project in this blog post

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Customer Stories
How McClone Construction is Driving New Innovation in an Old Industry

Explore McClone Construction's tech leap with cmBuilder, driven by Kevin Viamonte's innovative approach to modern construction challenges.

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Customer Stories
Landmark Properties: A Trailblazer in Student Housing Development

Explore how Landmark Properties revolutionizes student housing with cutting-edge technology like cmBuilder, enhancing project management and collaboration.

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Customer Stories
Westview Projects - The Ingredients for Planning a Complex Site

Discover how Westview Projects planned the complex LeBreton Flats project in Ottawa, and how they leveraged 4D visualization with cmBuilder to streamline the process.

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Customer Stories
Bulley & Andrews: Building the future with Digital Innovation

Discover Bulley & Andrews' digital transformation with cmBuilder, enhancing project delivery and innovation in construction, led by Dana Erdman and Connor Pelfrey.

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Highlights
cmBuilder Expands Autodesk Construction Cloud Integration

cmBuilder.io enhances construction planning with its latest integration with Autodesk Construction Cloud, streamlining 3D model syncing and 4D simulation workflows.

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Customer Stories
How EllisDon partners with the contech ecosystem to reshape construction

Discover how EllisDon's embrace of 4D Simulation & cmBuilder improves construction site logistics planning, driving efficiencies through innovation.

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Customer Stories
Transforming Construction with Technology: Woodward Design+Build and cmBuilder

Explore how Woodward Design+Build is revolutionizing their projects with 4D Simulation and Site Logistics planning using cmBuilder.

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Events
Procore Groundbreak 2023 Recap

The construction industry gathered in full force this past September for Procore Groundbreak 2023, a spectacular event hosted in the heart of Chicago.

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Industry Insights
Beyond Blueprints: The power of 3D modeling in construction site logistics planning

Explore the profound impact of 3D modeling on construction site logistics planning through cmBuilder.io. Beyond traditional 2D blueprints, the ability to adopt 3D modeling offers in-depth visualization, improved collaboration, and proactive error mitigation when planning site logistics. With cmBuilder's accessible web-based platform, harness the benefits of 3D modeling for enhanced safety, stakeholder engagement, cost efficiency, and adaptability in large-scale construction projects.

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Events
Leading Construction into the Future: Insights from the cmBuilder Superintendent Roundtable Event

During the recent cmBuilder roundtable, industry experts discussed challenges like labor shortages and the role of technology in construction. The event emphasized collaboration, mentorship, and the evolving role of superintendents. Featuring insights from seasoned superintendents across the U.S., the discussion highlighted the need for trade education and adapting to modern communication methods. Embracing tech tools like cmBuilder was cited as pivotal for improving project efficiency and collaboration. This event underscored the path to a resilient and innovative construction future.

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Customer Stories
Building People, Projects and Legacy: Juneau Construction's Pioneering Steps in Digital Transformation

Juneau Construction Company, with a rich 26-year history, has established its name as a premier family-owned general contractor in the Southeast United States. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, and having a legacy of constructing for higher education and private developers, Juneau has extended its services throughout the US Southeast to Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

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Customer Stories
cmBuilder x John Paul Construction: Embracing Digital Transformation for a New Era in Construction

Explore how John Paul Construction leverages cmBuilder for a digital-first approach to construction. Discover how advanced site logistics, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) methodologies, and an innovative suite of tools improve project delivery, safety analysis, constructability reviews, and overall project efficiency. This insightful case study underscores the power of digital transformation in the construction industry.

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Highlights
cmBuilder and Naylor Love Ink Enterprise Partnership

Delve into the newly-formed Enterprise-level alliance between cmBuilder, an innovator in construction simulation technology that is democratizing 4D site logistics planning, and Naylor Love Construction, a respected authority in New Zealand's construction industry. This partnership is poised to accelerate Naylor Love's digital delivery workflows by leveraging cutting-edge 3D/4D digital simulation to optimize project planning, collaboration, and execution.

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Customer Stories
cmBuilder x Balfour Beatty US: Challenges, Breakthroughs & Transformative New Technologies

Balfour Beatty is an industry-leading provider of general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for public and private sector clients across the United States. Performing heavy civil and vertical construction, the company commits to leveraging innovation and technology to equip teammates and industry partners with proven systems and tools that bring value to their clients and construction projects.

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Events
cmBuilder SitePlan Summit I: Building the future of construction technology

The inaugural cmBuilder SitePlan Summit took place yesterday evening, July 12, 2023, in Burnaby, BC, establishing itself as what could one day become a new landmark event for the local construction industry. It was a fantastic event where the cmBuilder product team gathered with the region’s leading construction firms to explore the future of the cmBuilder platform and the role it plays in addressing the industry's evolving challenges.

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Customer Stories
Unleashing the Power of 3D Site Logistics: Miron Construction's Digital Transformation Journey

"Unleashing the Power of 3D Site Logistics: Miron Construction's digital transformation Journey" offers a detailed exploration of how digital tools, such as 3D and 4D modeling, are revolutionizing construction practices. The blog post examines Miron Construction's pioneering role in leveraging technology to optimize construction processes, notably through their partnership with cmBuilder. With a focus on the importance of consistent technology adoption, the article emphasizes the potential of digital transformation in streamlining operations, boosting efficiency, and shaping a more sustainable future for the construction industry.

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Customer Stories
Future-Proofing Construction: Embracing Digital Technology at BW Kennedy

BW Kennedy & Co, a Massachusetts-based company established in 2009, has quickly grown into a world-leading innovative, and reputable construction firm with a strong portfolio primarily in the life science sector.

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Highlights
cmBuilder.io Enhances Frictionless Collaboration with Autodesk Construction Cloud Integration

Burnaby, BC – May 30, 2023 – Today, cmBuilder.io, an industry-leading, 100% web-based construction simulation platform, has announced an integration with Autodesk Construction Cloud®, a portfolio of software and services that combines advanced technology, a builders network and predictive insights for construction teams. The new integration allows project stakeholders to access cmBuilder projects and advanced 3D and 4D site logistics simulations directly from their Autodesk® Build Insight or BIM 360® Project Home dashboards.

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Events
Digital Construction Week 2023 Recap: Spotlight on cmBuilder.io and Emerging Technologies

Digital Construction Week (DCW) 2023, hosted at London's ExCel Centre, once again served as a key meeting point for construction professionals and technology enthusiasts.

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Customer Stories
ANDRES Construction: Deploying Construction Tech to Put More “Heads in Beds”

Founded in 1991, ANDRES Construction Services is a 100% employee-owned Texas-based company specializing in constructing multifamily, retirement centers, hospitality, and student living spaces. The company operates in major Texas markets including Dallas Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston.

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Customer Stories
Tilbury Douglas Takes Another Digital Leap Forward in Multi-Year Partnership with cmBuilder.io

From its roots in 1884 as a standalone nationwide UK dredging company, Tilbury Douglas has grown into a major player in the construction sector, with a vast footprint in projects involving health, education, highways, justice, defense, water, government, manufacturing, and industrial builds.

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Industry Insights
Harnessing the Power of As-Built Reality Capture combined with 4D Site Logistics Planning in Construction

The advent of modern technology has revolutionized the construction industry, notably in the areas of as-built reality capture and construction site logistics.

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Customer Stories
Naylor Love: Democratizing 4D Planning

Naylor Love is a leading commercial construction company in New Zealand, serving a broad clientele of property developers, multinational corporations, and the New Zealand government.

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Customer Stories
Verdex Construction: Empowering superintendents with cutting-edge tech

Verdex Construction is a full-service, general contractor and construction manager specializing in preconstruction and construction in Florida.

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Customer Stories
Chandos: Deploying new technologies to drive an innovative and sustainable future

Established in 1980, Chandos Construction is one of North America’s most collaborative and innovative technical builders.

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Customer Stories
Urban One: Where digital innovation is the business strategy

Urban One Builders is a full-service construction company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and has built a reputation for its large-scale, mixed use and institutional projects.

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Events
Construction Takes Flight Roundtable: Experts on the rise of drones in the construction industry

Industry experts from across the cmBuilder ecosystem recently gathered to discuss the current and future role of drones in construction in a roundtable panel discussion hosted by cmBuilder’s co-founder, Javier Glatt.

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Customer Stories
Arc CEO Frank L Ciminelli II: Platforms like cmBuilder.io are key to the future of construction

Innovative construction management firm, Arc Building Partners, is focused on fast-tracking even the most complex projects, and they’re doing it with platforms like cmBuilder.io

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Customer Stories
GenCap: Embedding VDC throughout the entire organization

GenCap Construction Corp is a general contractor and management firm, based in the greater Seattle area and specializing in the construction of large-scale multi-family residential developments, mixed-use retail developments, and tenant improvements.

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Highlights
2022 cmBuilder Year In Review

Within a challenging global economic landscape, 2022 was a landmark year for technological advancements across all industries, and the construction technology sector was no exception.

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Customer Stories
Skender: Pushing the boundaries of digital innovation on every job

Skender is a full-service contractor based out of Chicago, Illinois.

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Customer Stories
Arc Building Partners: Taking site logistics planning to the next level with cmBuilder.io

Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, Arc Building Partners is an innovator in the construction industry.

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Customer Stories
Forty4 Projects: Driving construction innovation with a digital first approach

Forty4 Projects is a Brisbane-based company that specializes in construction project management within Australia.

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Highlights
Saving time and money with real-time collaboration on the cloud

A recent research study shared that over three-quarters of owners, architects, and contractors agree that more integration between the design and build parties during the design phase significantly reduces the level of uncertainty in projects.

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Highlights
5 ways to reinvent your preconstruction meetings, with cmBuilder.io

As we all know, preconstruction meetings are one of the most critical parts of a construction project’s life cycle. While you may have established a strong working relationship with a long-term client after collaborating across many projects, in today’s eminently competitive construction market, competing firms are constantly presenting their services to your client.

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Customer Stories
LEMOINE: Creating something out of nothing, fast, with cmBuilder

With over 50 years of construction experience, LEMOINE is renowned as the largest commercial contractor in the state of Louisiana. Having strategically diversified themselves within the construction industry, LEMOINE offers a portfolio of services ranging from Infrastructure to Building Construction, Disaster Response and Recovery, and Project and Program management.

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Customer Stories
SiteHub: The right material at the right place at the right time

SiteHub, a Denmark-based company that delivers sustainable construction site logistics solutions to their clients, firmly believes that “data is the foundation for better processes.”

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Highlights
cmBuilder releases next level real-time collaboration with multiplayer mode feature

cmBuilder releases a game-changing feature, Multiplayer Mode, bringing unparalleled real-time collaboration to your construction site logistics planning and simulation workflow.

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Events
cmBuilder turns 2 - A roundtable discussion on the current state of construction tech

On September 15th, 2022, over some coffee, tea and pancakes the entire CadMakers team celebrated the 2-year anniversary of the cmBuilder.io public launch! The focus of the event was around the engaging roundtable discussion on all things construction technology from a panel of industry trailblazers from all over the world.

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Highlights
Introduction to Logic Graph Resource Animation

At cmBuilder we are always looking for new ways of empowering our users to convey meaningful storytelling to their clients and continuing that tradition we are excited to introduce our visual programming initiative.

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Customer Stories
Saunders Construction Inc. x cmBuilder.io - Customer Spotlight

Saunders Construction Inc. is a Colorado-based construction industry innovator focused on general contracting, construction management and real estate development services. Key to their growth over the past 50 years has been their ability to adapt and integrate with evolving technology.

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Customer Stories
Urban One Builders: Reducing risk and enhancing collaboration with powerful 4D site logistics simulation

Urban One Builders, based in Vancouver, Canada, have put an emphasis on adopting digital technologies and smart ways of planning projects since their conception in 2011.

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Customer Stories
CJ Duncan: Applying Cutting Edge Technology to Large-Scale Remediation Projects

Spanning over 40 years in the construction business, CJ Duncan is an Australian based, specialist building contractor experienced in remedial & insurance, façade solutions, fit outs and refurbishments. With a diverse client base ranging from Australia's largest property owners, managers and insurers, to commercial and residential strata, CJ Duncan has built a long-lasting reputation based on quality of work and trust.

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Customer Stories
Hovercraft: Leveraging digital innovation to make better site logistics decisions

This complex mixed-use project contains a 38-story residential tower and a low-rise office building that is being redeveloped from an existing heritage building on the site. Hovercraft used this 4D simulation with cmBuilder to validate all site logistics decisions with regards to temporary resources, excavation sequencing, concrete pours, all the way through to visualizing the interior finishes against the schedule.

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Customer Stories
Grupo Macro: The pursuit of construction excellence through digital innovation

Grupo Macro is a Guatemalan construction company, that specializes in the construction of high-rise buildings and horizontal housing, building complexes, infrastructures and industrial constructions that operates mainly in Guatemala and Panama. About 6 years ago they started their digital transformation by simply diving deep into BIM, the collaborative work methodology for the creation and management of construction projects; which would give a 180° turn to the workflow of the organization. When looking for software to model pre-construction stages that was easier to adopt than what they had, they found cmBuilder.io.

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Customer Stories
Grupo Macro: La búsqueda de la excelencia en la construcción a través de la innovación digital

Grupo Macro es una constructora guatemalteca, especializada en la construcción de vivienda vertical y horizontal, urbanizaciones, infraestructuras y construcciones industriales que opera principalmente en Guatemala y Panamá. Hace unos 6 años comenzaron su transformación digital simplemente sumergiéndose profundamente en BIM, la metodología de trabajo colaborativa para la creación y gestión de proyectos de construcción; lo que daría un giro de 180° al flujo de trabajo de la organización. Al momento de buscar un software para modelar etapas de pre-construcción que fuera más fácil de adoptar que lo que tenían a su disposición, encontraron cmBuilder.io

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Industry Insights
Guide to Effective Site Logistics Planning in Construction

Let’s talk site logistics! From the initial site setup to bulk and detailed excavation sequencing, to the positioning of temporary resources and workers on the construction site, accurate logistics planning is critical in ensuring the an efficient and productive project. Without proper planning in preconstruction, the cost of manpower, materials and equipment delays affect overall project timelines. As Brent Olund, Vice-President of Sustainable Construction says, “for every extra hour spent in pre-planning it saves more than 4 hours on site during construction.” In this blog, we will discuss site logistics and the keys to effectively planning this process.

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Industry Insights
Guide to Construction Tower Cranes

Let’s talk about tower cranes! These tall and slender figures are a staple of construction sites and take on the bulk of the heavy lifting on site. Tower cranes are among the largest pieces of equipment used in construction projects. Construction crews use tower cranes to lift heavy materials such as concrete and steel. In this blog, we will discuss all things tower cranes and some basic considerations when working with this equipment.

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Highlights
Empowering users to increase project shareholder engagement using the cmBuilder direct share link feature

General contractors and project stakeholders strive to leverage digital technologies to accelerate project timelines, identify construction phase risks and make better decisions that save costs downstream. The site logistics component to the project planning phase is a critical component to all this and is why companies are turning to 3D/4D site simulation platforms like cmBuilder to plan and simulate site logistics, run multiple “scenarios” and generate project timeline simulations, allowing them to make better, data-driven decisions that account for project risks, cost constraints and overall site-specific logistics planning.

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Highlights
5 ways to deliver better site simulations to your stakeholders with cmBuilder.io

Delivering a well thought out, detailed construction plan is crucial to a successful pursuit phase. cmBuilder enables you to deliver this plan in a highly differentiated and easy to understand 4D simulation format. This detailed plan includes a flipbook presentation made up of milestones and markups that capture every stage of the pre-construction plan.

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Highlights
2021 in review: The Journey So Far

Over the past year, cmBuilder has been used in a variety of projects that span several countries, time zones and continents. This year saw steady improvements to the platform with a special focus on site plan ease-of-use, site logistics accessibility, improved simulation presentations, and enhanced graphics.

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Highlights
Enhanced Graphics, User Roles & Permissions and other product updates

As cmBuilder strives to get better every day, our betterment has taken on a visual approach with our latest feature update seeing a sublime improvement to Site Plan graphics and its tools. With cleaner edges come cleaner finishes, our rendering improvements see the addition of more definitions to contour rendering with an added focus to elements of environmental lighting and reflections that truly bring the Site Plan to life.

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Highlights
Announcing cmBuilder.io + Procore integration: Expanding value proposition for our customers

Users of cmBuilder can now leverage the full offerings of the interface's seamless 3D modeling and 4D sequencing on the Procore App Marketplace. The scope of this integration is simple; a web-based platform that allows General Contractors and Construction Managers to view 4D simulations of their construction site logistics without leaving the Procore interface.

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Events
Jim Pritchett on cmBuilder revolutionizing JTM Construction's logistics plans on large projects

Speaking on this evolution and the elimination of previous preconstruction woes, Jim Pritchett, Sr. Superintendent, JTM Construction, touched on the need for efficiency in data processing whilst navigating through these preconstruction plans electronically. The attention to detail on the Site Plan turns a basic napkin sketch into a 3D/4D model simulation that can be presented to clients and general stakeholders within framed milestones and multiple scenarios. The cmBuilder interface encompasses markups that detail phases of site logistics during the pursuit phase and proposals, hence, truly bringing preconstruction plans to life.

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Events
Super Hour - How Digital is Impacting Construction | Event Recap

The latest cmBuilder.io panel event takes on a “Super” approach by welcoming the vast industry knowledge of three superintendents with experience levels that spans over 80 years combined. The “Super” Hour as it was fittingly dubbed, saw the virtual presence of Jim Pritchett: Sr. Superintendent, JTM Construction; Walter Payne: Sr. Superintendent, Syncra Construction; and Tyler Brown: General Superintendent, Smith Bros. and Wilson (BC) Ltd with the panel moderated by our Co-Founder & CEO Javier Glatt.

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Customer Stories
Venture General Contracting: Replacing a 3-product workflow with cmBuilder.io as a single platform for site logistics planning and simulation

We sat down with Helio Monteiro, Director of VDC at Venture General Contracting and spoke to him about digital construction strategies at Venture, testing and adopting new software for site utilization planning. While discussing cmBuilder, he explained how the platform brings about a different approach to their workflow and can also help tackle site logistics, safety and traffic control in the various phases of planning, with increased collaboration with the project teams.

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Highlights
cmBuilder Site Plan (version 3.0) continues to solve preconstruction woes with its enhanced simulation experience

With the entire web engine and layout of cmBuilder’s Site Plan designed and constantly developed in-house, the push for innovation is met with a resounding web-based software package that resolves previous preconstruction woes. This in-house research and development keep operational and running costs low, translating into low-cost packages for general contractors and project stakeholders. The absence of any third-party licensing also speaks to the timely development cycles that users can expect whilst navigating the interface.

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Highlights
The Evolution of Construction Industry's Hallowed "Markups"

As construction teams have evolved with the advancement in technology, so has the way in which they communicate their process and plans, while sharing them with project stakeholders. Markups have evolved from being handmade markings on physical drawings to 2D digital paper to now web-based 2D/3D/4D interactive views. Here's what the future of markups looks like.

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Customer Stories
ETRO Construction saves time & adds value to their clients with 4D simulations on accessible, intuitive, web-based platform cmBuilder.io

ETRO Construction uses cmBuilder in proposals to easily show the challenges or issues via a 4D site logistics simulation. What would otherwise have taken them 3 or more days to create on other BIM/simulation software now takes them 3 hours to create on cmBuilder and also shows their prospective client the level of detail and thought they’ve given to the specific project.

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Events
The Future of Preconstruction is Simulation: A sneak peek into cmBuilder's presentation at Advancing Preconstruction 2021

Here is a glimpse of what Nikan Samimi, Director, Business Development and Strategy, CadMakers, will be speaking about at the 6th annual Advancing Preconstruction 2021 conference! Also, drop by at our booth to chat with Bradley Swartz, and learn more about accessible 4D site simulations on cmBuilder.io, from August 30 to September 1 in Dallas, TX!

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Events
Catch cmBuilder.io at Advancing Preconstruction 2021 in Dallas, TX

Catch Nikan Samimi, Director, Business Development and Strategy, CadMakers, speaking at the 6th annual Advancing Preconstruction 2021 conference later this month! Also, drop by at our booth to chat with Bradley Swartz, and learn more about accessible 4D site simulations on cmBuilder.io, from August 30 to September 1 in Dallas, TX!

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Highlights
The goal of cmBuilder.io

Our CEO, Javier Glatt's thoughts on why we are building cmBuilder.io and looking into the future of the construction industry.

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Customer Stories
Haycon reduces 3-day site logistics planning cycles to under 4 hours with rapid 4D simulation using cmBuilder.io

Haycon Inc uses cmBuilder.io to reduce site logistics planning cycles to less than half a day and finds a scalable, low-effort, and high-value web-based solution to get a more accurate overall view of their construction planning with regards to moving around the site, placing large equipment, getting things delivered up into the building efficiently and safely.

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Customer Stories
No ordinary park! How SBW deployed a Digital Construction Twin to enhance collaboration and push the integration of technology

Smith Bros. & Wilson (BC) Ltd. (SBW) uses the Digital Construction Twin solution offered by CadMakers as a proactive tool to help identify and mitigate project risks while allowing for effective project team communication. CadMakers’ tools allowed the proposal of solutions to complex geometries and construction sequencing, prior and even during construction. To date, the Digital Construction Twin solution has allowed SBW to perform a virtual construction study and get ahead of coordination complexities that would be found later on-site. The Digital Construction Twin solution also helped SBW run 4D sequencing simulations to optimize the scheduling on-site, integrate trade coordination and shop drawing reviews, and layout various building elements on-site directly from the model.

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