Whelan Construction

Company Info

Whelan Construction is a general contracting and construction management organization that specializes in end-to-end construction services. They serve Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Squamish-Lillooet regions and specialize in Institutional, Healthcare, Light Rail, Airport, Renewable Energy and Building Performance Upgrade projects in the region of $1,000,000 to $25,000,000.

Based in Vancouver, B.C., Whelan Construction has Irish roots. Founder, Brian Whelan, emigrated to Canada in 2013 and—from one west coast to another. Brian has successfully led the construction of $400,000,000 worth of projects including airport, healthcare, residential, institutional, marine, pharmaceutical, light industrial, retail, and commercial projects.

How Autodesk Construction Cloud has helped start-up Whelan Construction win bids over competitors


Project Profile

The Challenge

As a start-up company, Whelan Construction faced challenges in identifying the right solutions and systems that would ensure a smooth and consistent workflow process to deliver end-to-end construction services for all stages of a project.

Outside of the solution requirements, one of the biggest challenges that Whelan Construction’s founder, Brian Whelan had experienced, was selecting a suitable project and field management software package for a small to medium sized construction company, a package that seamlessly connects the field and office.

The Solution

Given Autodesk’s extensive product portfolio, SolidCAD helped Whelan Construction to determine the right software solutions that goes together with their needs and the construction industry’s best practices requirements.

With Autodesk Construction Cloud, specifically, Autodesk Docs, Build, AutoCAD, and PDF solution Bluebeam, Whelan Construction now has a common environment for all project-related data all while helping to manage projects with minimal resources and complete project entries in one platform.

Bluebeam allowed project partners to be able to mark up and collaborate on the same documents in real-time. While, Autodesk Docs + Build, one of the industry’s leading solutions made it easy for Whelan Construction’s team to work with other project stakeholders, have connected workflows, increased transparency, and track construction progress throughout the entire lifecycle of their projects.

Moreover, Whelan Construction took one-on-one training with SolidCAD on the Docs + Cost Management component of the Autodesk Build to connect project management and field execution data to cost activities to understand root causes and scope cost impacts.

The Outcome
  • Whelan Construction is now able to ensure projects stay on track; improve collaboration and reduce miscommunication, potential errors, and rework. With the ability to track all issues in one place and reduce costly rework, Whelan Construction can now keep projects on schedule all while being able to manage project data and project bids.
  • Aside from that, they can now develop very detailed proposals with an ability to give the preview on designs and project development stages as required, providing them a competitive edge when winning bids.

As a result, Whelan Construction was able to apply the skills obtained from training to compile professional and successful bids.

SolidCAD continues to be a resource in helping Whelan Construction grow as a construction company in this competitive market.

Software and Services Used



SolidCAD has been fantastic in providing my new company with support for Autodesk Docs and Build, Bluebeam, and AutoCAD. Ian was great to deal with when organizing the right package and considering the most economical plan for a small start-up construction company. Andrew went above and beyond and provided classroom sessions for Autodesk Docs and Build. He has been brilliant and treated our company like partners, so much so that I now have three licenses on the books. I started using AutoCAD R14 a long time ago and have always trusted Autodesk products. This was one of the reasons I chose Autodesk Docs and Build, one for reputation, and two the turnkey management services that the product does is fantastic.
I would highly recommend using the SolidCAD team.
-Brian Whelan, Construction Manager at the Whelan Construction