Many trade partners in the homebuilding industry write newsletters to their homebuilder customers, to keep them informed on goings-on at their company and in the industry. Recently the following newsletter article crossed my desk, from AZ Sun Electric in Phoenix, Arizona:
The Bidding Process
Technology is ever-changing, the cost of computers was astronomical...remember the "brick phones." I remember when we first started AZ Sun Electric and Ron would have not only his tool belt on -- loaded, but also the brick phone and a pager. Now he carries just a Blackberry and gets all his emails as well.
The bidding process has also changed over the years. We'd pick up a set of plans that took an Ironman to lift and have to strap them with clamps to the drafting table and have another table next to the drafting table to hold all the rest of the pages. What a sight! Everything was hands-on, wire lengths were measured with a ruler...Now computers have taken over!
AZ Sun Electric now receives an email that bids are ready for viewing on Buzzsaw. We're able to print only the pages (at half size) that pertain to the electrical scope of work.
In the next few years, the homebuilding arena will see many more changes. We want to thank you for being innovative and pursuing excellence. With technology evolving, AZ Sun Electric must also be on the cutting edge. We are continually refining our procedures and policies to better serve the Home Builders.
(This one came to me via my good friend and co-worker Sandeep Hardas, who received it from a Nicholas Homes Purchasing Manager)
What we're seeing is nothing less than a complete transformation of the building industry towards electronic documents, and it's happening one trade partner, one company, and one process at a time. How cool it is to be part of it!