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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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

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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

What is Base Isolation System in Building Construction?

The Constructor

A base isolation system is a popular system implemented in a structure to protect it from the action of seismic forces. This system as base isolation. Earthquake Engineering base isolation base isolattion system seismic base isolation

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

PFOA Contamination is Found in 49 States

Green Building Law Update

Two weeks ago, New York Attorney General Letitia James commenced a civil suit against the nation’s largest chemical manufacturers and several firefighting foam makers for what the complaint alleges is contamination of water supplies across the state with PFOAs, averring strict liability for public nuisance, strict products liability for defective products, strict products liability for failure to warn, and seeking restitution. That lawsuit is in addition to the hundreds of PFOA suits pending across the country, including three class actions certified last month. And many more people are expected to seek judicial redress in the coming years. Adverse health impacts from PFOA are being policed by the marketplace and enforced by the rule of law through these common law state tort liability suits. Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a group of more than 4,000 man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFOAs have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s and have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. PFOAs are very persistent in the environment and in the human body, meaning they don’t break down, accumulating over time, and as such have been referred to ‘forever chemicals’ making them an emergent environmental priority. The EPA reports, “there is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health outcomes. studies indicate that PFOA can cause reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological effects in laboratory animals, and have caused tumors in animal studies.”. A peer reviewed study cited approvingly by the EPA describes 99.7% of Americans have a detectable PFOA in their blood! Significantly, concentrations of PFOA in the U.S. population’s blood have declined since 1999 by 25%, from an average of about 4 parts per billion, in large measure in response to litigation, including a widely publicized 2000 court ruling that forced the major U.S. producer to for the first time share all documentation related to PFOA. Manufactures began exiting the marketplace and with EPA’s 2010 PFOA Stewardship Program where eight participating companies agreed to gradually phase out the manufacturing of the chemicals by 2015, new production of PFOA in the U.S. has been cut dramatically. But make no mistake that while new production has been greatly reduced, PFOA products exist widely from fire fighting foam on boats, including U.S. Navy vessels to stain and water repellent fabrics as well as a variety of construction materials. Troubling to some is that green building programs, including LEED’s Materials & Resources credits do not track or even take into account PFOA. Some suggest the U.S. government is complicit in the wrongdoing, including when the principal sources of PFOA pollution in groundwater are military bases and civilian airports where the federal government specified fire fighting foam containing PFOA. But possibly the larger issue is that the federal government and the states failed to regulate this space, at all, including never determining PFOA to be a hazardous substance, when regulation could have provided protections for the public and the environment while providing predictability to the manufacturers. But this is not a U.S. problem alone. Populations in nearly all industrialized nations have a PFOA blood level of at least 2 parts per billion and PFOAs are still being produced in many countries. In the U.S. there are no federal drinking water nor other regulatory standards for PFOA; although there are more than two dozen bills pending in Congress that portent to regulate this space. Earlier this year the EPA issued “ Draft Interim Recommendations ” to address groundwater contaminated with PFOA, including articulating EPA’s lifetime health advisory standard for PFOA of 70 parts per trillion. Activated carbon and reverse osmosis are both used to treat PFOA in drinking water (. and you should filter your drinking water), but arguably neither remove the harmful chemicals, rather relocating or diluting the PFOA; hence the term forever chemicals. But last week, the U.S. Air Force together with partners Clarkson University and GSI Environmental conducted a test using an “enhanced contact plasma reactor, a closed system utilizing water, electricity and argon gas to degrade PFOS and PFOA in minutes.” This technology may in the future make treatability and actually removing PFOA from the environment realistic. If we are going to be good ancestors, our lofty responsibility to humanity as observed by Jonas Salk, it is critical that there be more and better science about PFOAs including methodologies to minimize adverse health effects, as these forever chemicals accumulate in human beings across the planet. Today, adverse health impacts from PFOAs can most efficiently be recognized by the marketplace and enforced by tort law in state courts, redistributing resources from those who engage in risky business activities manufactured dangerous products to those who are damaged; in lieu of some new, after the fact, one size fits all top-down government regulation in this class of chemistry, like the flawed EU measures to ban more than 4,000 chemicals in the PFOA class beginning July 4, 2020. Adverse health impacts from PFOA should be policed by the marketplace and enforced by existing tort law. Environmental Legal Kaplow LEED PFA PFOA PFOS polyfluoroalkyl Stuart Kaplow

Employee Owners of Vermont Efforts a Success

PC Construction

We officially closed down our month-long employee ownership celebration with great success. Throughout the month of October, we banded together with a team of Vermont employee-owned companies to give back to the community. The 20-company. All Community

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 "

GlaxoSmithKline To Create 150 New Jobs In Virginia

Business Facilities

The global healthcare company will invest $16.7 million investment to expand its research and development operation in Richmond, VA. Read: GlaxoSmithKline To Create 150 New Jobs In Virginia at

What is Bridge Pier? Types of Bridge Piers

The Constructor

A bridge pier is a type of structure that extend to the ground below or into the water. It is used to support bridge superstructure and transfer the. Bridges Foundation Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Structures Bridge Bridge Piers Pier

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

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.

Multifamily construction market remains strong heading into 2020


Multifamily housing will remain a robust market for A/E/C companies heading into 2020, according to the most recent results of PSMJ’s Quarterly Market Forecast (QMF) survey.

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

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

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

Overcoming the Odds


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

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.

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.

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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Solomon Group Creating 86 Jobs With Louisiana Expansion

Business Facilities

The New Orleans event and exhibits company will tap into the state’s Entertainment Job Creation Program. Read: Solomon Group Creating 86 Jobs With Louisiana Expansion at

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

‘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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Skanska designs personal protective equipment tailor-made for the female workforce


The number of women in the construction industry is growing. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, between 2017 and 2018 alone the number of women working in construction trades increased by 17.6%.