December, 2023

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9 Money-Saving Tips for Contractors

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Typical construction profit margins are slim, but going into the new year there are a few ways you can bump up those profit margins. Read more.

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Growing From the Ground Up & Cultivating a Lasting Team

Construction Business Owner

Growing From the Ground Up & Cultivating a Lasting Team ccapoccia Thu, 12/07/2023 - 14:36 Giorgio Carera’s life was shaped around equipment — his father worked for a tractor manufacturer, and his grandfathers were a farmer and a builder, respectively. His first job was with an Italian equipment manufacturer, and he was based in Bangkok, Thailand. He covered the Southeast Asian Pacific Rim, including Australia and New Zealand.

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Prefab Steel vs. Traditional Construction: Which Is Right For You?

Construction Marketing

Prefab steel construction is transforming the building landscape with its innovative approach. This method utilizes prefabricated components, offering a modern alternative to traditional building practices. Choosing between prefab steel and traditional construction involves matching the method to your project’s needs. This guide will clarify these options, providing a balanced view to inform your decision.

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Specific Gravity and Water Absorption Tests on Aggregates

The Constructor

When it comes to evaluating the properties of construction materials, specific gravity and water absorption tests on aggregates play a pivotal role. These tests offer valuable insights into the strength, quality, and water-holding capacity of the materials, which are crucial considerations in various construction projects. The Specific Gravity Test: A Measure of Strength and Quality […] The post Specific Gravity and Water Absorption Tests on Aggregates appeared first on The Constructor.

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Forecasting With Confidence: How Contractors Can Solve Four Common Challenges

At the highest level, contractors understand the importance of accurately predicting and preparing for variances in costs or schedules when delivering a construction project. In fact, leaders know it is essential to the profitability, cash flow and potential viability of projects. For that reason, forward-thinking decision-makers who know that forecasting is a complex process, also realize that this is not feasible by using out-of-date systems.

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Non Residential / Commerical Construction Stats 2023

Job Order Contracting

Non Residential / Commerical Construction Stats 2023 Via 4bt.us – Objective, verifiable, local market construction cost data and integrated project delivery solutions. [contact-form] The post Non Residential / Commerical Construction Stats 2023 appeared first on 4BT.

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Construction Industry Trends: November 2023 Roundup

Viewpoint Construction Technology

November might be marked by the return of cool weather, but the news in the construction industry was red hot. Read on for the biggest headlines.

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CBO Recognizes 2024's Sustainability VIPs

Construction Business Owner

CBO Recognizes 2024's Sustainability VIPs Recognizing the leaders of sustainable practices & programs Elizabeth Manning Fri, 12/08/2023 - 10:25 Construction Business Owner (CBO) Magazine’s Sustainability VIP recognizes the efforts and ingenuity of those building a better future. Qualifying nominees for Sustainability VIP 2024 include all construction industry professionals — general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, etc. — who have developed programs or launched initiatives

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Three Easy Steps to Building a Commercial Building

Wolgast Corporation

Any commercial building can be built in three easy steps. Whether it is a healthcare practice, manufacturing facility, office building, auto dealership, or restaurant, or if it is new construction or a remodel, we use the steps or phases of Design-Build construction to break down the commercial construction process most efficiently for our clients. The approach is easier on building owners so they can concentrate on their business instead of construction – we take care of it all from concept to

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The Benefits Of Outsourcing For Construction Company Owners

Contractor Bookkeeping

Outsourcing can offer a range of advantages for small construction businesses in today's competitive market. Not only does it reduce costs and free up valuable time for owners to focus on growing their business, but it also provides access to skills and expertise that may be unavailable in-house. Small construction businesses can streamline operations, increase productivity, and scale faster than ever by working with external professionals or firms who work in certain areas.

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Leading the Way in Construction EHS Software

The Verdantix Green Quadrant: EHS Software 2023 is an independent third-party analysis of 23 EHS software vendors (including Intelex) that provides an in-depth look at the technical capabilities, application breadth, innovation focus, and momentum of key environmental, health, and safety management software market players. The guide is essential reading for EHS software benchmarking, especially for understanding unique vendor strengths and capabilities.

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Job Order Contracting Quick Facts

Job Order Contracting

Access hundreds of Job Order Contracting Quick Facts to see how your organization can… Improve contractor availability and relationships Improve cost visibility and cost management Achieve faster delivery times Ensure a higher level of service and support from senior professionals Attain all the above with the lowest JOC Program administration fee that doesn’t require a percentage of your construction volume!

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Construction input costs stabilizing but volatility ‘isn’t dead’

Construction Dive

Despite lower materials prices, the construction landscape remains complicated due to high interest rates and long lead times, according to AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

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Safety First, Bidding Next: How Safety & Compliance Wins Contracts

Safety Services Company

Consider this! Two contractors working for a construction firm bid for projects in the same city —we’ll call them Mark and Bob. Both contractors have operated with their firms for over 15 years, employ qualified workers, and boast high-level capability to take on major commercial jobs. Here’s where things change. Bob has entirely surpassed Mark’s business in recent years and consistently lands contract after contract.

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Reconstructing a Career

Construction Business Owner

Reconstructing a Career ccapoccia Fri, 12/08/2023 - 09:36 By now, business leaders are familiar with the labor shortage plaguing the construction industry. In addition, staffs have a gender imbalance: the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) reports that women constitute just 9.9% of the construction workforce. While organizations work to attract students to the industry, Suffolk Construction gained an asset from an unexpected place: the legal field.

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The Ultimate Procurement Software Buyer’s Guide

Choosing the right procurement software is a crucial step in ensuring third-party risk management, process governance, and bidding efficiency. With so many procurement solutions to choose from, it can be overwhelming without a frame of reference and a solid starting point. This free buyer’s guide will cover: Benefits of Procurement Software –– Why do you need it?

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What's next for affordable housing in 2024?

BD+C

What's next for affordable housing in 2024? 0 qpurcell Thu, 12/14/2023 - 15:40 Affordable Housing As 2023 draws to a close, GBBN’s Mary Jo Minerich and Amanda Markovic, AIA sat down to talk about the future. What’s next in terms of trends, technology, and construction of affordable housing? Mary Jo Minerich and Amanda Markovic, AIA MFPRO+ Blog Affordable Housing Designers Architects Legislation Adaptive Reuse What’s next with affordable housing?

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Rest And Reset For Construction Contractors And Business Owners

Contractor Bookkeeping

To be in business and to remain in business, become a business person! To run a business, you must be business-like. It's not sufficient just to be very good at what you do. Many people who are 'very good at what they do' have failed. The familiar cry: "I'm far too busy for that" is no excuse. Are you 'too busy' to be a competent businessperson? If so, your construction business won't last long.

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8 Must-Listen Digital Builder Podcasts to Wrap Up 2023

Autodesk Construction Cloud

Another year has flown by, and here at Autodesk, we're not slowing down—especially when it comes to the Digital Builder podcast. With over 35 episodes released in 2023, we explored the cutting edge of design and construction with some of the most inspiring minds in the industry. Before saying goodbye to 2023, we thought it'd be great to have a roundup of notable Digital Builder episodes this year.

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Job report signals no reprieve for construction

Construction Dive

As demand for workers in other economic sectors cools, construction still faces a wide margin between the number of available positions and the supply to fill them.

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Stop Making These Mistakes and Start Scaling Your Specialty Contractor Business

Anything that is built on a poor foundation will soon crumble from the ground up. This is literally the case in the construction stage of projects and it applies just the same during the pre-construction stage. This free eBook is your ultimate guide to scaling your business with customizable software as early as during the bidding stage.

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6 Essential Insights into Tackling Construction Shortages

Construction Today

The construction industry is currently facing significant challenges due to shortages in labor, materials, and equipment. These shortages not only impact project timelines and costs but also require a strategic approach to ensure successful project completion. Explore the various facets of construction shortages and offers insights into effectively managing these challenges.

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What Are Your Predictions for the Construction Market in 2024?

Construction Business Owner

What Are Your Predictions for the Construction Market in 2024? ccapoccia Tue, 12/05/2023 - 16:46 Allen Sanders General Manager SAS Construction Inc. The construction market in 2024 should be better due to the fact we have a residential election, and generally the market is a little better during election years.

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Suffolk Construction establishes Suffolk Sustainability Group

BD+C

Suffolk Construction establishes Suffolk Sustainability Group Design veterans Steven Burke and Michael Swenson will lead the new sustainability initiative for Suffolk. rcassidy Thu, 12/14/2023 - 11:07 SUFFOLK CONSTRUCTION Steven Burke and Michael Swenson will lead the new initiative for Suffolk. Contractors Sustainability Sustainable Design and Construction Suffolk Construction, headquartered in Boston, has established the Suffolk Sustainability Group.

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Managing Work-Life Balance As A Construction Business Owner

Contractor Bookkeeping

Wellness is an important aspect of life for everyone, especially construction contractors like you. Given the physically demanding nature of the work, contractors must prioritize their physical and mental health. Proper nutrition, exercise, and adequate rest are all necessary for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Additionally, taking breaks and managing stress can help prevent burnout and promote well-being.

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The Specialty Contractor's Guide to Job Cost Accounting

Supply chain challenges and rising material costs are forcing specialty contractors to pay more for what they need to complete each job. Following a simple set of principles, this easy-to-follow guide can help you manage job costs, ease the pains of accounting, and run a more profitable businesses. If you are a Specialty Contractor or Self-performing GC, you do not want to miss out on this essential guide!

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BIM Dimensions 101: 3D, 4D, 5D,6D, 7D, 8D, & Beyond

Autodesk Construction Cloud

We don't always throw around the word "revolutionary," but building information modeling (BIM) has truly been that over the last few decades. At its core, BIM represents an all-encompassing strategy for creating and managing information about a built asset. It's a cloud-based model that brings together structured, multidisciplinary data to develop an intelligent model that represents an asset throughout its lifecycle.

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Construction had the most fatalities of any industry last year

Construction Dive

Both the number of deaths and fatality rate increased, as the same hazards continued to claim lives in a dangerous profession.

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These 5 essential traits in your team are the secret to a successful construction project

Fieldwire

There’s more to a successful construction project than enough resources, workforce and budget. It demands a team equipped with specific traits. As a subcontractor , you play a crucial role in the success of a construction project, making it essential for you to embody and instill these characteristics in your crew. Discover five vital traits that can help improve collaborations and elevate your business. 1.

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Exploring Modern Solutions That Can Increase Worker Safety

Construction Business Owner

Exploring Modern Solutions That Can Increase Worker Safety ccapoccia Tue, 12/05/2023 - 09:29 In construction today, the most important part of the job isn’t the project plans or even the equipment used. It’s the ability of business owners to keep their team members safe. It might seem contrarian, but companies must consider how they use new solutions to ensure safety in the context of the ongoing conversation about using technology such as drones, reality capture and machine control on jobsites.

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Report: Optimism for Construction Growth in the Next Year Remains High

Research reveals 96% of respondents are very or fairly optimistic about their organization’s growth prospects for the next year. The InEight Global Capital Projects Outlook also finds over half see digital technology as the greatest growth opportunity. But these are only some of the findings. Don't be kept in the dark when it comes to the future. Read the report today!

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4 key innovations and construction trends across airport design

BD+C

4 key innovations and construction trends across airport design 0 qpurcell Mon, 12/04/2023 - 10:04 Airports Here are some of the key trends Skanska is seeing in the aviation sector, from congestion solutions to sustainability. Airports Mass Timber New Project Portfolios Reconstruction & Renovation Sustainable Design and Construction The art of flight has captivated humans since the Wright Brothers made history with their first powered flight in 1903, changing our world forever.

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How To Avoid Year-End Construction Bookkeeping Chaos

Contractor Bookkeeping

As the year comes to a close, it's important to start thinking about your bookkeeping tasks to ensure a smooth transition into the new year. Deadlines are fast approaching, but it doesn't have to be stressful. Have you given your bookkeeper, wife, partner), accountant or tax accountant, what information is needed to complete your reports? Accountants need good information to create detailed reports and save money on your taxes.

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Brinkman Construction Transforms Project and Cost Management with Autodesk and CMiC Integration

Autodesk Construction Cloud

When it comes to construction projects, accounting and financial management are like the foundation of a building. These components are hidden behind the scenes but play a crucial role in a project's success. This is why many firms rely on enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to effectively connect tasks like job costing and project management.