November, 2019

5 Ways to Minimize Jobsite Distractions

Construction Business Owner

Experiencing distractions while operating construction equipment, such as excavators or wheel loaders, may not be as prevalent as while driving a car or truck, but they are something that every company needs to address with its employees. Operator distractions are everywhere.

The Complexity Of OSHA’s PSM Standard

FDR Safety

FDRsafety continues to encounter situations where worker training is incomplete or lacking, especially in safety. Unfortunately, we find that much of this training has no foundation… Let me explain. I recently attended the 2 nd Annual Process Safety Summit in Washington DC on Oct 15-16, 2019.

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3 retractable roof projects open up special construction considerations

Construction Dive

Globe Life Field, New York City's The Shed and Hokkaido Ballpark in Japan are the latest venues to sport sliding roof sections. Here's how they were built

3 Dangers to Coverage Hidden in Many Standard Construction Insurance Policies

Construction Business Owner

Many contractors, subcontractors and developers often do not realize that there are perhaps dozens of exclusions buried in the hundreds of pages of these CGL insurance policies that allow an insurance company to deny coverage for these claims. Find out more here.

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

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

Give Your Machine a Second Life with a Rebuild

Construction Equipment

Even the best built machines will eventually need repairs, and you have several options when your machine breaks down – repair, replace, or rebuild. Opting to rebuild your machine can significantly extend the useful life of your equipment for a lower price than purchasing a brand-new piece of

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Will Robots Replace Humans in Construction?

Construction Business Owner

Construction has continued to evolve and attempt to replicate many of the successes that have aided manufacturing (e.g., prefabrication, modularization, automation, autonomous equipment and robotics have all become the zeitgeists). So, what does this mean for the construction company of tomorrow?

Building over a building: A radical project from the archives

The Korte Company

Ralph Korte was fed up. He’d been in the factory at the corner of 6 th and Zschokke streets in Highland, Illinois many times to talk about problems with the building. On every visit, the factory’s managers complained about the state of the structure: It was flimsy. Its roof leaked.

Increase Your Environmental Compliance through Smarter Systems and Software Solutions


Australian contractors are facing increased environmental compliance pressure, but the right planning and software can turn challenge into opportunity. Construction Best Practices

Greenbuild was Proof Positive that LEED is Thriving

Green Building Law Update

The just completed 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Atlanta is absolute proof that the LEED green building rating system, with more than 100,000 projects registered and certified, is thriving.

Trade Show Marketing Checklist for Construction

Construction Marketing

With the busy trade show season upon us, there is no question that in the construction industry, trade shows remain a key marketing strategy for many brands. That said, trade shows are typically expensive to participate in, and can be difficult to measure return on marketing investment (ROMI).

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What are the Four Virtues of Earthquake Resistant Buildings?

The Constructor

There are four virtues that any earthquake resistant buildings should have to a certain extent in order to withstand designated seismic forces. Earthquake Engineering Earthquake Design

Boston-based firm completes largest 3D-printed building in world in Dubai

Construction Dive

The walls of the cement-based building were created on-site in uncontrolled weather conditions, in a process that is expected to be available in the U.S. next year

Polk County – Florida’s Best Place For Business

Business Facilities

Polk County, Florida located along the heart of the I4 corridor is a multifaceted economic engine centered on innovation, technological advances, manufacturing, logistics and so much more. Read: Polk County – Florida’s Best Place For Business at

Overcoming the Odds


A look at why Caldwell Marine and ECI Drilling won the 2019 Viewpoint Construction Award for ‘Most Challenging Project’. Client Spotlight

PFOA Contamination is Found in 49 States

Green Building Law Update

Rose McMurray, FDRSafety Senior Advisor, Appointed to National Safety Council Board Of Directors

FDR Safety

On November 12th the National Safety Council announced the appointments of 11 new members to the National Safety Council Board of Directors, including FDRsafety’s own Rose McMurray. McMurray joins as a NSC Division Representative, bringing her vast knowledge and experience in Transportation Safety policies and practices to the Council. Leading FDRsafety’s Transportation Safety Division, she provides clients with insight into how to obtain good ratings in CSA 2010 measurements.

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I.S Codes on Earthquake Resistant Building Design

The Constructor

Earthquake resistant building design guidelines are provided by set of Indian Standard codes (IS Codes). After observing Indian earthquakes for. Earthquake Engineering Earthquake Design

Study finds maternity benefits for construction tradeswomen financially feasible

Construction Dive

“This benefit is long overdue," said a union rep who has seen a leave program be successful. "We want to equip our members with what they need to both work in the construction industry and to raise a family "

D3 Engineering Expanding Operations In Upstate New York

Business Facilities

The embedded product development company is expanding operations and will create up to 50 new jobs at a new location in Monroe County, NY. Read: D3 Engineering Expanding Operations In Upstate New York at

Four Themes around Construction in the Cloud


A look at four findings from contractors surveyed on the cloud from the Dodge Data & Analytics report, "Improving Performance with Project Data" Construction Technology/News

What You Can Say about RECs is Regulated by the FTC

Green Building Law Update

Businesses who generate renewable energy, say, by using solar panels, but sell the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for the renewable energy they generate shouldn’t claim they “use” renewable energy. The Federal Trade Commissions has advised that such a claim would be deceptive.

Efficient Business Systems And The Value Of Documenting Your Processes

Contractor Bookkeeping

Too many construction businesses fall over because the owner has not established efficient business systems. This typically happens because the construction company owner is so caught up in the day-to-day operations that the fundamentals of proper business management get forgotten.

Alternative Project Delivery for Construction – Benefits, Tools, and Resources

Job Order Contracting

Smarter, faster, better…. Alternative Project Delivery (APD) offers the opportunity delivers significant added value versus traditional design-bid-build, design-build, Construction Management at Risk (CMAR), Agency?CM CM , and other “traditional” methods.

Hensel Phelps sics Boston Dynamic robot dog on documenting its construction jobsite progress

Construction Dive

The contractor tested HoloBuilder’s reality capture app using the Spot robot on its $1.2 billion San Francisco International Airport project

Growing New Orleans Biotech Companies To Create Over 275 Jobs

Business Facilities

The expansions by three biotech firms will create 135 new direct jobs at the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center. Read: Growing New Orleans Biotech Companies To Create Over 275 Jobs at

Turning Service Technicians into Service Managers


Technology like Spectrum's Service Tech solution is enabling service technicians to be their own managers in the field

An HREC is Not a REC in a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Green Building Law Update

I review a large number of Phase I environmental site assessments, and year in, year out, the largest number of questions I field are about Historical Recognized Environmental Conditions.

What is the Global Information System (GIS)?

The Constructor

GIS is a computer-based information system that performs the activities of capturing, storing, manipulating, analyzing and displaying both spatial. Surveying Applications of GIS Components of GIS Global Information System (GIS)? Purpose of GIS


DBE: How To Grow Your Disadvantaged Business Enterprise The Smart Way

Help Everybody Everyday

I recently met someone desperately trying to grow their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) engineering firm. But they were going about it in a way I thought was a bit crazy. So, what I’m going to do today is provide a complete, soup to nuts , guide on how to grow your DBE firm the smart way.

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How the FIU tragedy could change bridge construction projects

Construction Dive

Lessons learned from the deadly Miami bridge collapse could affect the design, safety protocols and contract language of similar future projects

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Life Sciences: A Data-Driven Diagnosis For Success

Business Facilities

Digital transformation is driving innovation in the life sciences sector, making transparency a top priority and heralding an era of “relationship-driven partnerships among all of the sector’s stakeholders. Read: Life Sciences: A Data-Driven Diagnosis For Success at

‘Tis the Season to Give Thanks


The holiday season is upon us again, and while gratitude should be expressed year-round, this season serves as a helpful reminder. Viewpoint News

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Counting progress with simple marketing strategies

Construction Marketing Ideas

We’re continuing our marketing to develop Ontario Construction News. The primary customer-building tool continues to be direct mail, (about 80 per cent) followed by Google Ads, association and joint venture partnership relationships, and a smattering of referral inquiries.