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she made great strides in automating the
creation of performance reports for the city's
construction projects, while also managing
the city's impact fee program (fees assessed
to developments for infrastructure enhancements related to the development).
Bhave's extensive experience with capital
project development combined with her
web application development techniques
gave birth to the underlying ideas for using
web-based technologies to manage the
complex process of construction management. Because she was a city planner
herself, it's easy to see why Projectmates
is designed more for owners, as opposed
to some platforms that are designed for general contractors. The needs of owners and
real estate developers are unique, as both
need to manage a multitude of complex
capital construction programs that run into
the billions. In fact, the company was initially commissioned to create a web-based
collaboration tool for Continental Airlines'
The initial project proved successful,
Systemates is focused on modernizing
the construction industry with its
as Projectmates was requested to provide
more than 100 construction and planning
project extranet sites within two years.
Since then, the company has continued
to update the software as the needs of the
marketplace have changed, rolling out new
updates between one and two times a year.
With its most current release, version 15.5,
Projectmates now features more than 40
different modules. "We are always looking ahead," Countryman notes. "We have
always been product-focused, and we continue to enhance the product's capability
A Focus on Clients
Projectmates new native app
features push notifications
and mobile alerts.
One of the reasons Projectmates has been
so successful with clients is because it uses
and values their input to a very high degree.
Projectmates has a long-standing reputation for partnering with clients to develop
the software in house using their technical
expertise. Throughout its history, client demand has led to the enhancement of many
features, including more robust budget
tracking. For example, a single-site location
such as a retail store can contain separate
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