BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : NOVEMBER 20, 2000 ISSUE
BUSINESS WEEK E.BIZ -- WEB SMART COMPANIES

Web Builder


How Webcor saves with the Net

GOAL                         METHOD                    RESULT

Save time and money by       Provide high-speed data   A year-long project
reducing the number of       connections, Net access,  can be cut by as
faxes, FedExes, and phone    computers, and printers   much as 12 weeks,
calls among headquarters,    at each of Webcor's 40    saving hundreds of
customers, architects,       construction jobs.        thousands of dol-
and job sites.                                         lars in labor and
                                                       administrative
                                                       costs.

Streamline approval of       Establishes a Web site    Saves time and
design changes by owners,    for each project where    money on printing
architects, engineers,       everyone involved in a    and hundreds of
and contractors.             job can log on to see     courier deliveries
                             changed drawings.         of blueprints
                                                       during a job.

Better track construction    Updated schedules,        Reduces time spent
and improve record-          weather reports, and      on meetings and
keeping of schedules         changes in plans are      phone calls, cuts
and progress on building     continually logged on-    administrative
sites.                       line where subcontrac-    staff, and helps
                             tors and field super-     to more efficiently
                             visors can monitor        schedule subcon-
                             progress.                 tractors.

Save money procuring         Solicits bids through     Mixed outcome. Web-
construction materials such  online marketplaces       cor has bought some
as concrete, steel beams,    Bidcom, Cephren, and      materials via on-
drywall, and glass.          Buzzsaw.                  line bidding but
                                                       usually works with
                                                       subcontractors who
                                                       buy their own raw
                                                       materials.


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