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The Greatest Challenge Facing the Construction Industry

John Chaney

Overall growth in the construction industry indicates now is the time for contractors to take advantage of an improving economy to expand their business. Yet that’s exactly what contractors across the country are faced with as the industry prepares to hire again. Who would have thought that the downside of an improving economy would be a workforce shortage?

Common Construction Industry Myths – Debunked


The construction industry has been the subject of jokes, myths and rumours for decades and, while some jokes are funny, the misconceptions have actually harmed the industry. Getting the wrong idea about the construction industry has led to lots of talented, creative people – of all stripes – choosing to work in other sectors, leaving construction short of good workers. Even if a few people didn’t do so well at school, they will have to learn on the job in order to stay in the industry; they’ll have to go on day-release, or attend a technical college to progress.

Construction Industry LinkedIn Statistics

Carol Hagen

LinkedIn is being embraced by the US Construction Industry. Citation: Construction Industry Linkedin Statistics by Country April 24 2012,, viewed 24th April, 2012, Are there countries (or cities) you need the numbers on? Construction Industry - Software linkedin construction construction industry demographics statistics

The Construction Industry’s Recovery

Construction Marketing Blog

Despite many positives in the construction industry right now such as the high demand for skilled labor and that most construction firms are willing to prove higher wages for skilled workers, Alan Greenspan is pointing a finger of blame in construction’s direction. We would like to thank Equipment World for this informative article on the Construction Industry’s Recovery.

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Planning for Success: Three Commercial Construction Industry Tips for 2016

Commercial Construction

Here are three key points we consider every year, which can apply to any company in the commercial real estate industry in planning for the future: 1. In the commercial construction industry, new opportunities often reflect changing market conditions and what’s going on in the sectors where we do business. Happy New Year to all of our Hard Hat Chat readers! Chuck Taylor. Questions?

The Built Industry's Backwards Bicycle

Collaborative Construction

Tanner Clark , the Director of BIM/VDC Construction Services for Stuart Olson out of Canada recently asked me, "Why is the uptake of BIM and IPD so slow in the Built Industry?" That's a frequent question, especially from sophisticated BIM users like Tanner who instinctively see the value inherent in IPD and experience immense frustration leading change efforts in the Built Industry.

State of the Industry

Construction Business Owner

All things relative, 2017 finds the construction industry doing quite well. The industry has largely recovered from the Great Recession and is moving forward. The tech bubble and the associated recession of 2001 were not felt by most industry enterprises Construction in the United States has historically been considered a highly cyclical activity.

BYOD and the Construction Industry

John Chaney

Not too long ago, our marketing director lost his iPad after leaving it in a rental car while traveling. For many, this would be a near catastrophic event, given the amount of personal (and often business) data that is often kept on any mobile device. Fortunately, he had installed an app that cleared all of his personal information and locked down the iPad. Construction Management with John Chane

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2015 Commercial Construction Industry Highs and Lows

Commercial Construction

Writing our annual “Highs and Lows” commercial construction blog post was a bit more difficult this year because, on the whole, 2015 was pretty great for Englewood Construction and many others in the construction industry. Yet despite all its positives, 2015 wasn’t without its commercial construction challenges. High – A Banner Year for Englewood Construction. Bill Di Santo. President.

2015 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

It’s always good to see this much dirt moving in the commercial construction industry and this activity should gain velocity in 2015. It has been another whirlwind year at Englewood Construction and we are happy to report that our predicted 2014 commercial construction trends came true, which has meant a lot of new projects on our end. Ground up construction project are on the rise.

Implications of IoT on the MEP industry

Constructor Magazine

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the new hype that is quickly transforming many industries, and building design and construction is no exception. By Sudhi Sinha, VP of Product Development, Johnson Controls Inc. read more.

Top 20 Influencers in the Construction Industry


At Procore, we strive to provide our industry with the tools they need to succeed–whether it''s project management software, educational material, or thought leadership pieces. This list reflects a group of leaders with the same values. construction technology mobile construction app construction education

Construction Entrepreneurs Outnumber Those from Other Industries


The construction sector has a long history of entrepreneurial activity. According to the Wall Street Journal , entrepreneurship in construction surged in 2011 accounting for 24% of all U.S. entrepreneurial activity that year. But construction’s long history of entrepreneurship goes far beyond this statistic alone. construction professionals construction jobs

Murphy appoints Tim Barton VP, Industrial Business Development

Constructor Magazine

Barton as vice president, industrial business development. Murphy Company has appointed Timothy H. read more. Management

Construction Robotics Heating Up the Industry


Recent international news highlights the increasing global interest in construction robotics. Skanska UK. snagged a grant from the UK government to develop robots for onsite and offsite construction activities. Going a step farther, MX3D, a 3D printing and robotics company, set plans in motion to marry robotics with 3D printing by printing a bridge over a canal in the Netherlands.

The Good NEWs: 6 Emerging Trends That Are Actually Good for the Construction Industry


Of course, the Industrial Revolution and the ensuing Technological Revolution has changed all that. Here are six emerging trends that look like good news for the construction industry and the broader world. With climate change looming as one of the most significant challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, the need for every industry to move away from fossil fuels and toward greater energy sustainability is ever-pressing. Technology’s effects on the construction industry are far from being fully known or over. New Materials. Energy Efficiency. Less Paper.

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Market Research In The Construction Industry

Construction Marketing Blog

Research is increasingly important in the construction market where economic trends influence the outlook for the industry as a whole and poor decisions are costly. Niche markets within the construction industry likely do not have available secondary research, thus requiring primary research. Why is Market Research so Important? Types of Research. eSurveysPro.

Procore Unveils Industry-Leading Drawing Management Solution


the world’s number one most widely used construction management software, today announced their industry-leading drawing management solution now offers optical character recognition (OCR), the ability to manage drawings by area, advanced mark up capabilities, Real Time As-Builts®, and hyperlinking to documents, submittals, RFIs, and punch items.

The Value of Construction Industry Associations

John Chaney

If you’re like me, you barely have enough time to do the things you need to do, let alone the things you want to do. Things that don’t fall into the “need to” category get added to a growing list that for me includes things such as learning another language and helicopter skiing. Construction Management with John Chaney

The Challenge of Climate Change for the Construction Industry


Every industry is being affected by what is happening, but is having an especially big impact on the construction sector. The insurance industry believes that the cost could be even higher than that. However, the construction industry, along with the environmental lobby, is urging the government to put together a comprehensive water management strategy. Many in the industry are suggesting that installing new land drainage pipe in existing developments, and including state of the art waste water systems in new housing estates and commercial buildings is the way to go.

Industry Focus: Aerospace Moving Onward And Upward

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Industry Focus: Aerospace Moving Onward And Upward appeared first on Business Facilities (BF) Magazine. Aerospace And Defense Archives Articles By Industry Articles By Location Articles By Topic Business Clusters/Corridors Education Featured Post Florida Industry Focus Kansas Magazine Magazine Highlights Massachusetts Michigan Mississippi U.S. Great Lakes U.S. - Plains U.S.

Construction industry leads November jobs report

Constructor Magazine

Construction employment expanded by 46,000 net new jobs in November after adding 34,000 jobs in October (revised upward by 3,000), according to an analysis of today's employment release from the U.S. Department of Labor. read more. Business Development

Is our built industry culture (STUPID)X?

Collaborative Construction

Is the built industry infected with an incurable case of stupid? Sometimes I wonder. Do you? Hear''s a link to an older post that details the Return on Failure and expands on the concept of a Stupid Culture. Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution! James L. Salmon, Esq. Collaborative Construction 300 Pike Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Summary of Services and James L.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries HQ Moving To Texas

Buisness Facilities Contributed Content

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is relocating its U.S. MHI is one of the world’s leading industrial firms, providing services and products across a wide range of industries including energy, transportation, aerospace and aviation. Read Mitsubishi Heavy Industries HQ Moving To Texas on Business Facilities - Economic Development, Site Selection & Workforce Solutions.

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ABC, AIA and NAHB economists predict industry growth through 2017

Constructor Magazine

ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker and NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz predicted continued growth for the construction industry in 2017 during a joint economic forecast today. read more. Management


Industry Focus: Aerospace Sector Is Flying High Again

Buisness Facilities Contributed Content

A return to growth will be healthy for innovation, product development and game-changing technology creation—a cornerstone of this industry.”. No industry exemplifies this advantage more than Acadiana’s thriving and diverse aviation industry. As you can see, the aviation industry in Acadiana is booming with significant investments being made on a variety of fronts.

2014 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

We are coming into the final stretch of 2013, a year that has been rather good for the commercial construction industry. This year, I thought I’d take a look at our lengthy, active bid sheet in making 2014 commercial construction industry trends and predictions in the coming year. Englewood Construction recently completed a Season’s 52 on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Top Five Myths about SEO in the A/E Industry


Search engines are smarter and our understanding of SEO has evolved, especially for service firms like those of us in the A/E industry. In order to help clear up some confusion, we pulled together a Top Five Myths about SEO in the A/E Industry for you! Long ago, SEO had a mystique. It was new and technical and allowed anybody to take the lead in search results. Done, send me the bill.”

Reed Bill will reinstate and extend federal clean energy tax credits for several industries

Constructor Magazine

The geothermal heat pump industry and several other clean energy technology industries are a step closer to saving thousands of jobs with the reintroduction of tax credit legislation. read more. Green

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Information Chaos in the Construction Industry

Carol Hagen

Construction Industry - Software Document Imaging construction Document Management ECM Information Chaos Whether you still hold onto paper or not, more construction activity content is reaching you in a digital format. Email, electronic collaboration portals, file sharing, applications for payment, plan set revisions, etc all accumulate into a mountain of digital documents. How you manage your digital documents will determine your success in project management, effective communication, risk management and productivity. They directly affect your bottom line.

Industry Focus: Water Resources – Greater Memphis, 100 Trillion Gallons

Business Facilities Blog

Industry Focus: Water Resources – Greater Memphis, 100 Trillion Gallons appeared first on Business Facilities (BF) Magazine. Archives Articles By Industry Articles By Location Articles By Topic Featured Post Industry Focus Magazine Magazine Highlights Quality Of Life Tennessee U.S. Business Facilities (BF) Magazine. Greater Memphis has an abundant supply of pure, sweet water: the Memphis Sands Aquifer holds nearly 100 trillion gallons of this precious commodity, which is becoming an economic development priority.

Construction Junkie blog: An effective and comprehensive industry overview

Construction Marketing Ideas

The Construction Junkie blog takes on a big challenge — the overall construction industry — and assembles and reports on an incredible diversity of topics, worldwide. This makes it a useful overview tool; we can focus our day-to-day lives within our own specialities and communities (wise to do, of course), while catching a quick glimpse […]. Blogs Featured

CONTRACTOR's 2016 Industry Luminaries

Constructor Magazine

This marks the third year that CONTRACTOR has been assembling a list of Industry Luminaries. Some are practically household names — but some have been quietly working away with little notice or fanfare, just trying to make their own corner of the industry a better place to be. read more. Media Galleries Registered User

Wisconsin: Where Collaboration Drives Industry Advancement

Buisness Facilities Contributed Content

In Wisconsin, these strategies include industry cluster development rooted in unique technical knowledge and specialized supply-chain strengths. More than 200 companies with ties to the water industry call Wisconsin home, employing over 37,000 people and generating $5.7 The center plays a critical role in advancing the energy, power and control industry cluster. and in Europe.

First Tradeswoman Documentary Gets Industry Boost

ENR Construction

“Hard Hatted Woman,” the first feature-length documentary about construction tradeswomen on jobsites, is closer to completion, with recent donations of $25,000 each from contractors Turner Construction, Dragados USA Inc. and Structure Tone, says its director-producer Lorien Barlow

Virtual & Augmented Reality in the AEC Industry

Construction Business Owner

Twenty-five years ago, I was first turned on to the idea of virtual reality (VR) as the holy grail of design visualization in architecture while thumbing through inspirational musings and essays published in Cadence’s “Special Summer Reading Issue.” Indeed, VR took hold of many an imagination, as popular media glimpsed into bleeding-edge work by research labs like Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab and the Human Interface Technology Lab (HIT Lab) at the University of Washington

The Automation of the Construction Industry

Construction Business Owner

The construction industry historically represents a large chunk of the United States gross domestic product (GDP), and companies have started investing in automation and robotic technology to gain an advantage over the competition. This is welcome news, given that the construction industry is growing.'s Most-Read Construction Industry Stories of 2016

ENR Construction

What are the construction industry's major takeaways from a the election surprise and technological innovation