Construction Technology San Fransisco Bay Area

Technology in Construction

Commercial construction is a constantly evolving field, and at South Bay Construction we always look to take advantage of cutting edge technologies. In a field where communication is of the utmost importance, many of these software products help us keep our projects moving along smoothly, ensuring your builds are on budget and on-time. Let’s take a quick look at some of the tools we use.

BIM Technology

Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is a technology we use regularly. When we model in 3D, it defines the physical and functional characteristics of buildings and creates better design outcomes. In particular, we use BIM throughout the pre-construction process to help owners and design teams fine tune their system interfaces early on in the project. It also guides collaboration, communication, cost-estimation, pre-viz, and more. On 1091 Industrial, we are hosting the MEP and Fire models, coordinating building infrastructure systems to control costs, overhead air space and promote system and installation efficiency.

Building Information Modeling Technology for Construction


Raken is a jobsite management platform designed specifically for construction. In particular, it has a well organized report format with the ability for supers to log daily activities, conduct safety checks, add daily photos, and much more. This helps keep everyone on the same page and projects moving forward smoothly. It can also be used on mobile, which further increases the ease of communication and collaboration across teams.


Plangrid is a comprehensive field and project management tool that makes everyone’s life easier. As Monica V., Project Manager, shared with us “[it] has been the absolute best tool on our projects. Having access with an iPad in the field to all versions of the plans helps realize changes quickly (since you can toggle back and forth between sets with the click of a button) and makes it easy to review docs/ details while walking the site without running back to the trailer to review plans.” Plus, supers like it for its ease of use in the field and architects are comfortable with it as well.


Believe it or not, Zoom has been a great tool for us. It’s made meetings a lot easier to schedule, which helps us get even more done. And it helps massively with keeping a tight team. While there’s nothing like in-person meetings, digital face-to-face communication is a close second.


Bluebeam is a program that has made navigating through plans so much easier. With real-time mark up on designs, it’s made collaboration easier. Plus, its document management tools, submittal review process, and drawing management tools help to save time while keeping everyone on the same page.

Bonus Tech: Drones

It’s not software alone per se, but drones have been incredibly useful in our build process. An added benefit is that as drone technology has improved, the cost of its use has also gone down. On our 350 Trimble project in San Jose, for example, Graniterock used drones to establish a GPS topography map of the site that was then programed to the grading equipment, reducing the need for traditional staking by a surveyor. And it doesn’t hurt that we get some amazing pictures like the one below showcasing construction progress at our jobsite Ohana in Monterey.

Drones in Construction San Fransisco Bay Area

The Tools to Get the Job Done

We want to use the best tools to get the job done safely and smoothly. If you’d like to learn more about our approach, or if you’d like to inquire about a project of your own, please contact us at (408) 379-5500.

Recent Posts

Clearing the Air: An Update on Title 24 CBSC Changes for 2023

If you didn’t live in San Francisco in the 1970s, it’s hard to imagine the smog. Check out some episodes of the hit crime drama Streets of San Francisco. In the city panorama shots, you can see smog conditions similar to the photo above.   Pretty awful, right? Los Angeles was even worse. Fast forward to ...

read more
The Biotech Boom: How the Life Sciences Industry is Driving Innovation in Northern California Construction

Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field that is transforming many industries, including the construction industry in Northern California. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the use of biotechnology in the construction of commercial buildings and infrastructure projects, with companies using biotech innovations to improve the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of their ...

read more
Top 10 Construction Trends to Watch in 2023

The San Francisco Bay Area has seen significant growth in construction projects over the years, reflecting many opportunities and challenges. Looking ahead, the industry continues to adapt to everything from long material lead times to rising costs and the impact of climate change. Let’s look at the top 10 trends for 2023 San Francisco Bay ...

read more
Get a quote

Get a Quote

Our team of design-build experts has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry — and therefore understands the ins and outs of the estimate process. We strongly believe in customer satisfaction and know that your time is important, so we provide accurate quotes in a timely fashion. If you're interested in getting a quote, contact us today.

Cost reference guide

Cost Reference Guide

Our Bay Area Cost Reference Guide provides up-to-date construction pricing and market data; it's a critical budgeting tool that can deliver conceptual estimates and that can save you both time and money.