August, 2018

Smart Cities Take Many Forms

ENR Construction

The road to digital cities that know and meet your needs may appear inviting, but before you go there, be sure you know the way

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Will A Skilled Workers Shortage Impede Manufacturing Innovation?

Business Facilities Blog

Workforce investments, not downsizing, are manufacturers' priority as plans for automation increase, according to new L.E.K. Consulting survey. Read: Will A Skilled Workers Shortage Impede Manufacturing Innovation? at BusinessFacilities.com.

The Financial Effects Of A Safe Workplace

FDR Safety

In my 35+ years of working in the safety industry, I have had one goal each day: Help individuals safely return home to their families. There is no greater benefit of safety than this. This doesn’t mean that it is the only benefit.

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To Retain Construction Employees, Provide Career Paths

John Chaney

In this busy construction market, contractors are always looking for ways to find more skilled workers to fill important roles on their teams.

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

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

Commercial Construction Project Planning: 3 Warning Signs Your Budget Might Go Bust

Commercial Construction

Budget is always a major consideration for our commercial construction clients, and as a general contractor we devote significant time to the budgeting process.

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Green Globes New Multifamily Rating Systems Respond to the Market

Green Building Law Update

On July 11 the Green Building Initiative launched the Green Globes Multifamily for New Construction and Green Globes Multifamily for Existing Buildings.

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4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Construction Equipment

Constructonomics

The construction industry is comprised of numerous tools and equipment that are used for some heavy-duty work. Regular maintenance is necessary but you must also know when it is time to upgrade the equipment. Read on to know more. What Happens When Equipment Fails?

Dotted Line: How to conduct business in a world of discrimination and harassment claims

Construction Dive

Lawyers offer some practical advice for contractors to prevent and weather these claims, which they say for many companies are inevitable

Episode 5 – Building Towards a Safer Jobsite

John Chaney

A Viewpoint on Construction, Modern Takes on a Transforming Industry. Episode 5: Building Toward a Safer Jobsite. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three people out of every 100 are injured every day on the job in construction.

Making schools more secure is imperative, but how best to do that isn't settled yet

BD+C

Despite the constant drumbeat of news about the alarming frequency of school shootings around the country, many communities still view their schools as safe havens, and quite a few schools double as shelters from natural disasters. In Texas, E-class buildings must include a tornado shelter, according to Jon Moreau, Balfour Beatty Construction Services’ VP of Operations, in Houston. Some schools use underground parking garages, others use gyms or music halls.

Voice of Blockchain Event

Collaborative Construction

I'll be presenting at the Voice of Blockchain event in Chicago at the Navy Pier this Saturday. Anyone interested in learning more about how blockchain connects the digital world to the built environment need to attend. Follow the link below to learn more. Voice of Blockchain James James L.

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Mission Critical at the Department of Defense now includes Climate

Green Building Law Update

On August 13 the President signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The $716 billion H.R.

How To Set Out Your Building Foundation – Profiles

Construction Cost Estimating

The Design: In order to set out the foundation of any Pompeii over, the design should be arranged on paper. Then, it is required to make a proper plant and follow it. Small changes can occur in the plan in due course.

Unpacking BIM: How contractors can reap the rewards of a digital workflow

Construction Dive

BIM isn't a turnkey solution, a Yates executive says, but there's potential payoff for contractors that coordinate all the people, software and processes involved

State of the Construction Industry: August Roundup

John Chaney

As the end of the summer approaches, many contractors still find themselves busy with seasonal jobs and many face a backlog of work. We know it’s a hectic time for many of our customers.

Top 7 homebuilder trends

Geniebelt

Homebuilder trends in 2018 Certain trends stick around for what seems like forever, while others only last for a year or two, or sometimes even less. The homebuilding industry is at the moment under a significant paradigm shift, as new trends pop up in the sector on a constant basis.

Safety Around Powerlines – Part II

FDR Safety

Working around energized equipment can be very hazardous, it is good to know these helpful tips to prevent yourself from becoming the path to ground electricity is always searching for.

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SEC Assessment of Climate Change Risks Still Mandated

Green Building Law Update

While I was on the Baltoro glacier making my way down from K2 in Pakistan earlier this month the Securities and Exchange Commission informed Exxon Mobil Corp. that it closed its investigation into whether the company had misled investors about the risks that climate change posed to its business.

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11 Areas of Cyber Insurance You Should Know More About

Construction Business Owner

Twenty years ago, no one had heard of cyber insurance, and a hacker was someone with a cough. As recently as 10 years ago, many people still did not know how exposed they were to clandestine attacks on their data

Border wall prototypes not up to snuff, tests found

Construction Dive

Customs and Border Protection tests uncovered issues with the 2017 prototypes' constructability, engineering and aesthetics

A Guide to Selecting the Right Construction Software

John Chaney

Construction management is no easy task, as today’s contractors have a lot to juggle: job costs and budgets, progress reporting, overseeing subcontractors, field crews and schedules, materials and equipment, constantly moving timelines and much more.

Brickschain Pilot Project

Collaborative Construction

The ENR article linked below details the results of a very interesting pilot project in Minnesota in which a forward thinking general contracting firm, Gardner Builders partnered with an innovative startup firm, Brickschain , to deliver a robust building information model (BIM) on a functional blockchain platform.

McKinsey: When it comes to AI adoption, construction should look to other industries for lessons

BD+C

Tip of the spear. Cutting edge. Vanguard. These are not words anyone would associate with the construction industry. And when it comes to the nascent technology of artificial intelligence, the construction industry is right near the bottom for both current and future AI adoption

Jury Awards Millions in Sustainable Hog Case

Green Building Law Update

Last week a jury in federal court awarded more than $470 million to six people who live from one-third of a mile to one mile away from a hog farm, run by Murphy Brown and affiliate of Smithfield Foods, in a rural patch of Pender County, North Carolina. The lawsuit is the third to go to verdict of more than two dozen cases pending in North Carolina. In April another federal jury award ten families in Bladen County $50 Million.

How to Improve Your Marketing Skills in the Construction Industry

Construction Marketing Blog

Sometimes the summer season is a time of reflection, and self-improvement. So how can you improve your marketing skills in the construction industry?

How To Create Effective Safety Signage

FDR Safety

There is good safety signage, bad safety signage and those that don’t tell you anything. An example of a “bad safety signage” is shown to the right. Notice the horrible placement and lack of context on the sign itself.

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Data Analytics vs Gut Feeling – A Discussion

John Chaney

Editor’s Note: This is part three of a series highlighting real customer stories shared during our Digital Contractor Roadshow events. Data Analytics vs Gut Feeling – A Discussion. Data analytics is a buzzword in the construction industry today.

Workforce shortages – The commodity of skills

Construction Dive

With construction continuing to expand and the imminent retirement of baby boomers, the industry has to make changes now to fill the workforce for future projects

Free Form Rebar Aligned Distribution in Revit 2019.1

BIM & Beam

Building on Autodesk’s strategy to make Revit a robust model authoring tool for designing and detailing, the Revit 2019.1 release includes an important update for concrete detailers and engineers that will help to increase modeling versatility, accuracy, and productivity.

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Every Contractor Should be Paperless - And Here’s Why

Contractor Bookkeeping

Today's Guest Article Is From Anastasia Harold - Coolfront Affiliate Manager. Running a contracting company has countless challenges. Most of your time and energy is usually focused on customer satisfaction, rightfully so.

Bjarke Ingels Group’s new Shenzhen tower includes a folded building envelope

BD+C

Pleats may be out when it comes to pants, but Bjarke Ingels Group seems to think they look pretty good on skyscrapers

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Good Safety Signage

FDR Safety

There are good safety signs, bad safety signs and those that don’t tell you anything. An example of a “bad safety sign” is shown to the right. Notice the horrible placement and lack of context on the sign itself.

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Managing the Complexities of Construction Drawing Sets

John Chaney

Drawings are foundational to construction project management. Sheet counts in the approved construction set are often large to begin with and grow even larger as a project progresses.