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Construction Management enters the modern age

We at Econ Group are excited to share great news regarding the Corecon software we’ve been using for estimating, project management and job cost control.

The developer of the software has just released its newest, and most exciting collaboration tool: TeamLink.

Corecon’s TeamLink Portal connects fully the internal efforts of employees and gives project owners and other outside team members secure, real-time access to important project information. The portal, when utilized properly, aids communication, thereby reducing changes in the field and shortening schedules.

Via our computers and SmartPhones this portal gives the right Econ member or supplier/sub-trade the right information at the right time. In an industry where volumes of information are exchanged among project team members throughout the course of a project, streamlining communication is a crucial aspect to maximizing productivity, mitigating risk and increasing project success.

In a nutshell, with TeamLink, all communications run through a consolidated network, so that documents, changes and all other notes are stored in one place. As with other software of this type, permissions are granted so that the owner, architect, sub-trades, etc. will see data meant only for their respective eyes, while full access will be granted to our internal Econ team.

Corecon Construction Management Software


Corecon Technologies Construction Software affords Econ Group complete visibility into every facet of construction project management. The comprehensive program is a web-based suite used for estimating, project management, job cost control, and scheduling that incorporates industry best practices and improves productivity from the office to the job-site.

Econ Group is the first local construction company of our size to have implemented this technology.

Estimating: As a Corecon user, Econ Group offers timely estimates, with the ability to quickly revise the budget based on alternate client choices or through the change order process.

Project Budget: Corecon software offers an integrated Job Cost Control solution that continuously assists Econ’s project team and accounting staff. With a centralized, single point of data entry, Corecon’s Financial Dashboards provide management a clear, real-time overview on active projects.

Time tracking: For companies that self-perform work, tracking employee labor and/or equipment on a daily or weekly basis is crucial to keeping projects in line with budgets. Corecon’s Time and Expenses module allows Econ Group employees to enter their own time remotely via Smart Phone and supervisors to review and approve.

Scheduling: Corecon’s technology provides a cutting edge solution for scheduling. No longer needing to designate an individual in our office to manage and print schedules Econ now uses this web-based solution to provide distributed teams the ability to view and update task information anytime, anywhere.

Econ Group Construction gets ready to grow

Really, it’s no secret that neither Vancouver’s economy nor its housing market is in any sort of the same rough shape as is being experienced south of the 49th. Just last month the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reported that there were 1,555 housing starts in the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in January 2012, compared to 1,436 starts in January 2011. Truly, as the only explicitly modern residential contractor in the Lower Mainland, Econ Group can attest that single-family home construction just isn’t hurting here in Vancouver.

“In 2010, we began to realize that the work wasn’t slowing and that we just had to get ready to grow from small to truly medium-sized in a relatively short time frame,” says Michael Dutson, one of Econ Group’s Principals. “In an industry where unforeseen schedule and cost impacts often occur as par-for-the-course, we at Econ Group have always expected more of ourselves.”

As prerequisite to any further, well-organized growth Econ Group identified its core back-end Project Management process to be in need of a major overhaul. After a period of product testing, the team finally settled on Corecon Technologies’ Construction Management software for all its Project Management, estimating and scheduling needs.

Internal office structure

“Both internally and externally, we have always strived for easy, honest and well-informed communication. Implementing Project Management software was one thing, but as our business has grown over the past 10 years, the responsibilities of myself and my business partner, Mike, became cumbersome,” says Marcel Studer, the other of Econ’s Principals. “We found ourselves needing support staff to carry and direct our growth.”

To that end, Econ Group brought on both an Operations Manager to control the Corecon-maintained backend and a Manager of Communications and Marketing to keep the team busy with exactly the kinds of modern, forward-thinking home construction on which they have built their strong reputation.

With a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Vienna, Patricia Lubensky, Operations Manager, brings to Econ Group 13 years of experience within the fields of technical account management and controlling, software development and IT system administration. A passionate yogi and mother of two, Patricia’s attention to detail and thorough communication style makes her the perfect fit within the Econ team.

Dalit Holzman, Econ’s new Manager of Communications and Marketing, comes to us freshly returned from a five-year stint on Vancouver Island. Through her 2 years as Manager of Operations, Customer Service and Marketing at Natural Pod (Canada’s leading manufacturer/online-retailer of natural toys) and founding of the Vancouver Mommy Map and Co-op Radio’s It Takes a Village, Dalit’s foundation within her job-description is solid.

Continuing Professional Development

In a field where staying current on the latest innovations and certifications is essential, Econ Group has been hard at work keeping up to date and in the know.