In the quest for "one version of the truth" on projects, construction professionals have long turned to information technology to provide a bit of assistance. The use of project management and collaboration technologies is nothing new to construction, but the problem many have encountered is the fact such systems are only as good as the information that resides within them.
It has long been stated that the successful use of technology is defined by the people, as well as the processes built to support it. MySmartPlans, www.mysmartplans.com, Kansas City, Mo., is one company that hopes to bridge this gap by combining technology with professional services to create the ultimate central repository of information for construction.
The company approaches project information management with its online technology and a professional project manager/concierge that helps users manage and control the information contained within the system. This facilitates information sharing and the coordination of project changes from start to finish on a project. Users are alerted instantly via a Web dashboard when information is added or modified.