VANCOUVER, British Columbia — BuildBoom, a construction social network has officially launched its public invitation beta with a general public date of Nov. 25, 2015. The social platform is designed to provide members of the industry a professional space to connect and create communities around projects.

James Faulkner, president of SiteMAX Systems Inc. (parent company of BuildBoom), noticed how quickly connections between individuals fade once a project is complete. With millennials replacing older generations in the industry, social media is their primary method for communicating and sharing information. To date, they have been constrained to using general social channels that have no particular content focus. Posting construction related content onto mainstream social networks is irrelevant to a large percentage of the audience. This realization is what triggered the creation of BuildBoom — a virtual place where the construction community can communicate in an environment free from the distractions of unrelated content.

SiteMAX notes that BuildBoom allows its users to connect in a number of ways. Each member has a public profile that showcases a history of employers, as well as current and past projects. This enables people and companies to have a public record of their project accomplishments. BuildBoom users can also create company pages, pin their projects on a map, list their capabilities, and share their favorite brands.

The value for each user is different depending on their role in the industry. General contractors, for example, can post bulletins and safety information that will reach the attention of field workers. Similarly, field workers can post progress images and other related content that their project managers can view. By connecting on BuildBoom, users can build and maintain relationships with co-workers even after a project is complete.

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Publication date: 11/19/2015

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