Fri.Mar 20, 2020

How A Business Dashboard Can Help You Drive Your Construction Company

Contractor Bookkeeping

(Note: We are tracking the latest construction industry news and online resources for contractors in time of COVID-19). Business dashboards are a valuable business intelligence tool, offering an "at-a-glance" big picture view of a company's performance.

Bechtel reports 14.5% dip in total revenue in 2019

Construction Dive

The multinational energy contracting giant, considered the largest U.S. construction firm in terms of revenue, also reported decreases in backlog and new projects, while it's also experienced coronavirus-related setbacks in 2020

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What Is Plaster | Plaster Ratio | History of Plastering | Requirements of Good Plaster


What Is Plaster? Plastering is the process of covering uneven surfaces and rough walls in the construction of houses and other structures with a plastic material known as Plaster, which is a mixture of cement or lime concrete and sand along with the required quantity of water.

Azimuths and Bearings in Surveying-Difference & Determination

The Constructor

Azimuths and bearings are horizontal angles measured to represent or locate a line with respect to a meridian. Here, the important features of.


You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Governors Request $150B In Federal Aid To Combat COVID-19

Business Facilities

In response to COVID-19, governors are requesting $150 billion in immediate direct aid to states, and an increase in the federal share of Medicaid funding for states. Read: Governors Request $150B In Federal Aid To Combat COVID-19 at

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Pandemic has halted or delayed projects for 28% of contractors


Surface Treatments for Walls, Roofs, and Floors: Types and Purposes

The Constructor

Many types of surface treatment systems are available for the treatment of horizontal surface such as roofs and vertical surfaces for instance wall. How To Guide Repair/Protection Guide floor surface surface treatments Walls


ARA Survey Cites Losses from COVID-19

Construction Equipment

The effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are significantly impacting the equipment rental industry. According to a survey taken the week of March 16 of the American Rental Association (ARA) membership, rental revenues are declining and are projected to significantly deteriorate in the coming

Complimentary E-Book: Best Practices for Contractors to Address COVID-19

Best Practices Construction Law

I am not going to even attempt to describe what has occurred over the past week. You’ve read it online. You’ve watched the daily news reports. You’ve listened to the radio. And you’ve even had to adjust your own schedule to accommodate school closings.

BD+C research: The AEC industry braces for tough sledding in the coming months amid COVID-19 outbreak


Nearly one-half of AEC firms expect the outbreak of COVID-19 to have a sizable impact on their businesses. The same percentage anticipates that projects they have been working on would be postponed in the wake of the pandemic

Caterpillar Releases Automation Technology

Construction Equipment

Caterpillar Cat Command for Compaction is an operator-assisted technology that automates the soil-compaction process and assists in achieving compaction quality. The new system is available for use on select Cat vibratory soil compactors as a dealer installed kit on both new and existing B-Series


Feds prod use of eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes


The federal government is giving local officials nationwide an ultimatum : Either use eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes, or forfeit the chance for federal money to combat climate change. This move is an effort by the Army Corps of Engineers to protect people from disasters.

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Methods of Repairing Cracks in Concrete

Construction Cost Estimating

It is generally determined that concrete structures face cracking hassle in the course of its lifestyles. This crack ought to be given extreme and careful attention and repair on proper time. Repairing cracked concrete involves quite a few time and value constraints.

Extending care capacity as COVID-19 grows


Hospitals across the U.S. are already heavily burdened during flu season, with some operating at 110% capacity during its peak. COVID-19 adds stress to an already taxed system, threatening bed shortages and staffing issues.

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New York Times Article about Lloyd Kahn

Natural Building

The New York Times recently published a fine article about Lloyd Kahn , the builder and publisher of numerous books related to natural building through his Shelter Publications.

BOMAG 2500/75 Cold Planer

Construction Equipment

BOMAG BM 2500/75 cold planer is the company’s largest. The 771-horsepower BM 2500/75 is a four-track unit that incorporates a mechanical drum drive for the 98.4-inch-wide (half-lane) cutter. Tracks are 76.8 inches long tracks and all steer, including crab steering. The new machine is capable of


AIA implores Congress to provide relief to business owners and employees


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2020 President Jane Frederick, FAIA, and EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, are urging Congress to address the critical needs of business owners and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AGC Urges Congress to Protect Construction Jobs, Markets

Construction Equipment

With COVID-19 taking its toll on construction, AGC has urged businesses to request congress take immediate action to: Enact policies and programs that ensure all construction employers’ cash flows so they can pay workers and maintain their essential operations. Ensure public construction markets

Documenting Architecture


So you're sitting at your desk, you’ve got your project up on the monitor and you are in the zone and crushing it, but what does that even look like? The process of preparing drawings has evolved from “What do we need to do?” to “What can’t we do?”

Invisible Job Site Hazard is a Silent Killer

Construction Equipment

Hydrogen Sulfide—or sour gas—is the second most common cause of workplace fatalities following carbon monoxide, with the effects of being exposed including shock, convulsions, rapid unconsciousness, or even worse, death. Failure to protect employees from exposure can not only result in life

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Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor skydeck opens


On March 11, Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor skydeck, officially opened at 30 Hudson Yards in New York City.

Kansas OKs $10 Billion Transportation Program as Economic Stimulus

ENR Construction

New package has safeguards to protect project funds from budget raids that siphoned billions in the existing program; Kentucky $4B funding bill also set to pass

Pa. Contractors Rush To Respond to Construction Stop Order

ENR Construction

Pennsylvania-based contractors are scrambling to shut down construction sites a day after the state ordered a halt to all projects in an effort to curb COVID-19

What Effects From the Coronavirus Pandemic Are You Seeing on Your Work, and What Do You Want to Know?

ENR Construction


Canada Provinces Are Not Shutting Projects, But Some Owners Scale Them Back

ENR Construction

Officials don't want COVID-19 to sidetrack a key economic driver, but western megaproject sites are sending workers home. Confirmed cases rose on March 22 to 1,302 from 1,099 a day earlier

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Latest New England Updates on the Coronavirus Pandemic

ENR Construction

Tracking developing industry impacts as COVID-19 forces closures and interrupts business across the New England region

Construction Firms Navigate New California Lockdown Mandate

ENR Construction

Companies are still deciphering which projects will proceed under Gov. Gavin Newsom's order and which ones must be shut down

Companies Offer Alternative Solutions for COVID-19 Beds

ENR Construction

Contractors, designers, health care providers and agencies are working on ways to speed hospital beds for COVID-19 patients, including fast-track fit-outs of existing spaces, temporary tents, mobile combat hospitals and modular solutions

Construction Firms Navigate New California Lockdown Mandate

ENR Construction

Companies are still deciphering which types of projects will proceed under Gov. Gavin Newsom's order and which ones must be shut down

Already More Than 100 Entries in ENR Midwest's 2020 Top Design Firms

ENR Construction

More than 100 architects and engineers have already entered ENR Midwest's 2020 Top Design Firms and there's still time to fill out the survey

Construction Companies Navigate New California Lockdown Orders

ENR Construction

Firms in the state are still deciphering which types of projects will proceed, and which ones will be shuttered

Army Corps of Engineers Launches Multistate Push To Add Hospital Capacity

ENR Construction

Corps is working with at least 13 states to convert hotels, college dorms into "ICU-like" space, Semonite says

New Orleans Issues 'Stay Home' Mandate, Construction Exempt

ENR Construction

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a "stay home mandate" Friday afternoon, but construction was included on a list of "essential" activites