Winston Salem, NC - January 2, 2014
Version 2.0 of our app is available today! This complete re-design of our application give users a clean, easy to use interface with a few new bells and whistles...
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NextPlans is a web-based construction performance management service that facilitates project information management and information distribution for owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, and specialty contractors throughout the United States. NextPlans creates customized solutions that allow our clients to centralize information, reduce administrative costs, mitigate risk, and improve efficiency. NextPlans is one system with all-inclusive components that creates transparency and accountability on a project from schematic design to facilities management. For more information on NextPlans, visit www.nextplans.com or call 1-866.215.0428.
Boston, MA - April 30, 2013
NextPlans is pleased to introduce NextFiles, a cloud based storage and exchange service designed specifically for the A/E community. NextFiles allows architects and engineers the ability to store, exchange and comment on information, and utilizes several industry specific features to provided added value to the architectural or engineering client.
"There are a lot of cloud services out there right now, but I have not seen many geared specifically to the A/E community," said Zane Sharpe, Vice President of NextPlans. Already providing a full service document management platform, NextPlans created NextFiles at the request of several A/E firms that were collaborating with General Contractor's on GC's NextPlans site. Sharpe adds, "We were approached by several firms after they were introduced to our mobile app through a General Contractor's NextPlans site. Design firms wanted to store, exchange and utilize the iPad for CA work but they didn't necessarily need the administration,the amount of users or the reporting of the NextPlans platform."
The NextPlans product development team began working on the platform while employing the feedback of several of the largest design/engineering firms in the Southeast. "We concentrated on specific needs in this industry," said Chris Perkins, Director of Product Development for NextPlans. "The feedback we received was that there still needed to be an opportunity to order prints through the platform, and of course, the NextPlans iPad application would need to be available to NextFiles clients for Construction Administration work."
With NextFiles, the client sets up their print vendor in the portal so when a print order is submitted, the specified print vendor receives access to the files and additional notes. NextFiles also now allows access to the NextPlansMobile iPad application. AE firms can access their document portal via their iPad and perform CA responsibilities to include document markup and annotation on a jobsite using a single platform and service. Chris Perkins said "We will continue to work with our clients to ensure NextFiles stays focused on offering the latest technology, catering to engineering and design."
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Charlotte, NC - April 2, 2013
NextPlans, an industry leading provider of construction performance management software and tools, is pleased to announce a partnership with Cadnetics. Cadnetics is a firm that offers CAD, BIM, 3D Laser Scanning and other consultative services. They are headquartered in Pittsburgh and do work throughout the United States.
Zane Sharpe, Vice President of NextPlans said, "We are excited to be able to offer our end-users access to a company that can fulfill an immediate need. " Sharpe also added," With more and more project utilizing modeling for coordination, subs and vendors can use Cadnetics as a turn-key resource rather than absorb new software and overhead costs." Jim Mauler, President of Cadnetics stated, "NextPlans provides service to over 100,000 end users in just about every market-sector of construction. Our experience in the Southeast on wide-range of projects makes this a good partnership."
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Charlotte, NC - February 18, 2013
NextPlans, an industry leading provider of construction performance management software and tools, is pleased to announce Zane Sharpe has been elected to the Appalachian State University Technology and Environmental Design Department (TEC) Board of Business Advisors. Sharpe will be acting as a liaison to the TEC department to help further build on the relationship between businesses and the University.
When asked about the opportunity, Zane Sharpe stated, "I am excited to offer support in trying to improve resources for the TEC department. Having attended ASU I am even more excited about getting involved with helping to promote the industry I am so passionate about." Sharpe added, "NextPlans is an active participant in workforce development because we believe in bridging the gap between the journeyman and the next generation."
NextPlans stays heavily involved in workforce development for the design and construction industry. NextPlans has provided support for everything from custom sites for educators, to being a capstone project for students at a local community college.
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Winston Salem, NC - November 28, 2012
NextPlans, an industry leading provider of construction performance management software and tools, is pleased to announce the release of their iPad app for NextPlans. With NextPlansMobile your iPad is your gateway to view, store and annotate the documents you access on the NextPlans project delivery system.
Eric Benson, lead developer of the app and architect of NextPlans states, "The evolution of construction document distribution and management continues with the iPad. Most other apps lean towards project reporting or analytics for contractors, which doesn't solve the problem of having a full set of project documents available anywhere at anytime. NextPlansMobile allows users to download and store documents on an iPad, annotate them and re-distribute the annotated documents from virtually anywhere using a cellular network or wifi."
NextPlans offers a suite of web-based construction project management tools for communication, collaboration, document management, vendor and subcontractor qualification, and bidding management. The utilization of NextPlans tools can be utilized by all members of a project team and NextPlansMobile is another service that will continue that trend.
“We wanted to start the foundation of our app around maximizing utilization of the iPad touch-screen, and walking the jobsite with drawings at your disposal to quickly edit and distribute is the clearest intent for the utilization of an iPad in construction,” said Chris Perkins, NextPlans' Director of Technical Services. NextPlans’ development team reviewed several construction industry related studies that indicated that Construction firms justified the purchase of iPads and other tablet devices specifically for field personnel. Chris Perkins added, “As we continue to develop releases for our app, we will prioritize them around the needs of our clients’ and their most mobile personnel.”
Charlotte, NC - August 21, 2012
NextPlans, an industry leading provider of construction performance management software and tools, will be presenting “Electronic Plan Rooms” at the American Subcontractors Association of the Carolinas (ASAC) Charlotte Chapter Meeting. The ASAC Meeting will be held at Dilworth Grille (911 E. Morehead St, Ste. 200 Charlotte, NC), today (Tuesday, August 21) at 5:15 pm.
“Construction technology continues to evolve,” said Zane Sharpe, Vice President of NextPlans. “During this ASAC program, we will provide an overview of electronic plan rooms; discuss features and benefits; and provide subcontractors more insight to the how’s and why’s regarding how information is managed and dispersed by general contractors to them. An evolution to these processes is upon them as a result of the abundance of web-based services and more importantly the sagging economy and we want to make sure subcontractors know what they can expect as a result.”
NextPlans offers a suite of web-based construction project management tools for communication, collaboration, document management, vendor and subcontractor qualification, and bidding management. NextPlans’ software and tools can be utilized by all members of the construction project team, including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, sub-contractors, vendors and equipment providers to improve efficiency and profitability.
Charlotte, NC - July 22, 2012
NextPlans, an industry leading provider of construction performance management software and tools, has announced that Stephanie Hinson has joined the NextPlans’ team as Program Manager.
In her role, Hinson will provide project management for existing and new clients. In addition, she will work as part of NextPlans’ product development team. Hinson has over 10 years of experience in the real estate and construction industry.
“Stephanie will be a great addition to our program management team,” said Zane Sharpe, Vice President of NextPlans. “She will be working with new and existing accounts to oversee the performance of existing services, and will work with our product development team on behalf of the clients.”
Hinson is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and has been chosen to be a part of the USGBC’s “Classroom to Boardroom Diversity Mentorship Program.” Under the program, undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds pursuing studies and careers in fields related to sustainability by offering their mentees professional advice, networking opportunities and career building experiences.
Charlotte, NC - July 11, 2012
NextPlans, an industry leading provider of construction performance management software and tools for hospital and health care construction projects, announced today that it will be exhibiting at the North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association (NCHEA) Annual Conference and Exhibition. The 60th Annual NCHEA Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Kingston Plantation Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC, August 6-10, 2012.
“Healthcare is an important market for us,” said Zane Sharpe, Vice President of NextPlans. “NextPlans’ collaboration and construction management tools are ideally suited for hospital and health care facility construction, renovation and expansion projects,” he added. “We are excited to demonstrate many of our new features and enhancements at the NCHEA show.”
NextPlans offers a suite of web-based construction project management tools for communication, collaboration, document management, vendor and subcontractor qualification, and bidding management. NextPlans’ software and tools can be utilized by all members of the construction project team, including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, sub-contractors, vendors and equipment providers to improve efficiency and profitability. For more information on the NCHEA Show, please visit: www.nchea.com
Winston Salem, NC - May 22, 2012
NextPlans, a web-based construction performance management service, is excited to announce its first document automation project between two client sites. NextPlans provides construction and facilities management service to Wake Forest Baptist Health (WFBH) and provides subcontractor procurement, bid solicitation, document management, distribution and operations collaboration services to Rodgers.
"This is the first time we've had two clients' sites talking to each other to capture different components of information on the same project," said Chris Perkins, Director of Technical Services for NextPlans. "The NextPlans system and the cloud environment enables seamless collaboration and communication."
Rodgers was recently awarded the WFBH West Campus Medical Plaza I & II. Rodgers will be utilizing NextPlans to manage construction document distribution and collaboration with consultants and subcontractors. All project team members will be able to communicate and exchange information ranging from RFIs and Shop Drawings to project Schedules and Close-Out Documentation. This allows Rodgers the ability to expedite communication and change on the project by using cloud technology.
Wake Forest Baptist Health will be capturing information on its NextPlans site from Rodgers site automatically as it pertains to their facility needs and becomes available through collaboration. Wake Forest Baptist Health personnel will have the information in real time and streamline the close-out process from construction to facilities management.
Winston Salem, NC – May 23, 2012
NextPlans, a web-based construction performance management service, is pleased to welcome Cooper Electrical Construction Co. to its service family. Cooper Electrical Construction Co. will be using NextPlans for solicitation, supplier procurement and document distribution services for its suppliers and vendors.
“We chose NextPlans to be able to utilize their web-interface to distribute construction documents to our suppliers and vendors on projects we are pricing,” said Scott Bellous – Senior Estimator –Cooper Electrical Construction Co.
As part of the standard service package, NextPlans will provide construction document formatting and document distribution. “Most importantly their service team actually accesses all of the prime contractors sites’, pulls down and re-formats the documents to fit the needs of how we want the information to look when we provide document access to our vendors for pricing, Bellous added. “ The NextPlans system and service allow us to focus pricing projects and saves us time and money regarding IT infrastructure for storage and exchange.”
Founded in 1954, Cooper Electrical Construction Co. provides electrical construction, instrumentation, calibrations and industrial control panel services to the pharmaceutical, industrial, commercial, power generation, data center, water & wastewater and gas transmission markets.
Winston Salem, NC – May 8, 2012
NextPlans’ development staff will be attending the CIO Forum & Executive Summit in Charlotte, NC. May 30-31, 2012. The ninth annual conference benefits CIOs and Senior IT Executives throughout the greater Charlotte region. The NextPlans’ development staff will use the event as an opportunity to attend education, training, and networking sessions to ensure our clients are being supported by the latest technology. The event is produced by Premier Event Management (PEM).
Winston Salem, NC – May 1, 2012
Latest enhancements focuses on improved bid invitation processes, batched document downloads, enhanced collaboration, and easier project notifications.
NextPlans, a provider of construction project management software, announced a series of enhancements and updates to the NextPlans system. “We are always soliciting feedback from our users,” said Zane Sharpe, Vice President of Sharpe Images. “Our development team responded by delivering a range of enhancements to the NextPlans system that will increase users efficiency and collaboration,” The recent upgrades included:
Winston Salem, NC – April 17, 2012
NextPlans will be attending the 2nd annual InterFace Medical Office-Carolinas, on April 19, 2012 at the OMNI Charlotte, NC. The event focuses on healthcare and medical office real estate in North and South Carolina.
During the event, NextPlans’ staff will be networking with local and national healthcare and medical office real estate owners, investors, developers, lenders, and facility managers and operators.
Winston Salem, NC – April 17, 2012
With threats increasing every day, data security is more important than ever. At NextPlans, we take our clients’ information and data security seriously. To ensure that NextPlans is bringing the latest security information and knowledge, our staff will be attending SecureWorld 2012 in Charlotte, NC. May 2-3, 2012.
SecureWorld 2012 is security conference that provides the highest quality security education, training and networking.
Winston Salem, NC – March 29, 2012
NextPlans, an industry leading provider of construction performance management software and tools, has announced that it has launched a new and improved website at www.nextplans.com . “NextPlans is successful because we respond to our client’s feedback and input,” said Zane Sharpe, Vice President of NextPlans. “With the web site redesign, we’ve listened to our customers and added new features, as well as improved navigation and communication tools. NextPlans.com is an important tool for communicating with our customers.” NextPlans offers a suite of web-based construction project management tools for communication, collaboration, document management, vendor and subcontractor qualification, and bidding management. NextPlans’ software and tools can be utilized by all members of the construction project team, including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, sub-contractors, vendors and equipment providers to improve efficiency and profitability. We invite you to visit the new NextPlans website at www.nextplans.com
Winston Salem, NC - March 26, 2012
NextPlans, an industry leading provider of construction performance management software and tools, has announced that it will be exhibiting at the International Society of Pharmaceutical Executives (ISPE) Carolinas South Atlantic Technology Conference at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC on April 10, 2012. “We have a number of clients including owners, design firms and construction companies that use our collaboration, document management, project management, and facilities management software tools for pharmaceutical manufacturing plant construction, retrofit and renovation projects,” said Zane Sharpe, Vice President of NextPlans. “The ISPE show will provide us with an excellent opportunity to showcase how our technologies can save all members of the construction team time and money, while delivering successful capital projects.” For firms engaged in pharmaceutical facility manufacturing, NextPlans offers a suite of web-based construction project management tools for communication, collaboration, document management, vendor and subcontractor qualification, and bidding management. “A number of our pharmaceutical clients also utilize the NextPlans tools for managing documents related to LEED certification, validation and regulatory compliance for cGMP facilities,” Sharpe added. NextPlans’ software and tools can be utilized by all members of the pharmaceutical construction project team, including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, sub-contractors, vendors and equipment providers.
Winston Salem, NC - July 22, 2011
Sharpe Images and NextPlans are pleased to announce their new public on-line plan room service "NextBids". "NextBids will provide more project content and service capabilities to our users by including projects in Virginia and Georgia. We hope to build on our long-standing slogan 'Do you know where your next project is... We Do!' by servicing a broader geographic region", states Chris Perkins, Director - Technical Services.
For more information, visit NextBids.com
Winston Salem, NC - January 10, 2011
Winston Salem, NC - December 1, 2010
NextPlans, a project information management and distribution (PIMD) service, is pleased to announce its migration to a new SAS 70 Type II data center environment.
The rise in popularity of digital distribution of construction documents has led to a rapid increase in the performance requirements expected from NextPlans. This has subsequently driven a fundamental re-architecture of the NextPlans environment. This new environment utilizes cloud-based technologies for 99.99% uptime, greater data redundancy, and a significant overall increase in system performance.
Chris Perkins of NextPlans says; “Moving our services into this environment has better positioned NextPlans to scale up with client demand, while leveraging cutting edge technologies, to better distribute resources into product development. This move is critical to shortening the time to deploy new software development initiatives, while we continue to improve the overall user experience of our NextPlans users.
Winston Salem, NC - February 20, 2010
Sharpe Images, a 58-year reprographics company based in Winston-Salem, NC, announced the purchase of NextPlans, a project information management and distribution service, from Again Development in Westford, MA.
“It was time for Sharpe Images to pursue the acquisition of NextPlans,” says Greg Sharpe, CEO. “Sharpe Images has been the largest reseller of NextPlans since its inception and our clients have been the driving force behind many of the advancements NextPlans has undergone.”
Again Development is a software design/development firm with a focus on web-based systems for maintaining and communicating information via the Internet. Eric Benson, co-owner of Again Development and creator of NextPlans says, “Sharpe Images seemed like the right fit for NextPlans. I have watched [Sharpe Images] build an entire division around the NextPlans interface, and create a protocol that has allowed them to expand their reach beyond brick and mortar boundaries.” Benson will continue to stay connected with Sharpe Images in the coming months after the purchase.