February, 2023

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What Are the Things Every Construction and Tradie Business Needs To Succeed?

Construction Marketing

If you’re the owner of a construction or trade business, chances are you’ve asked yourself what it takes to be successful in this field. The good news is that there is no single formula for building success. But there are some key elements every construction business should have in place to ensure they stay on track and continue growing.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Cement Waterproofing

The Constructor

Cement waterproofing is a cost-effective and durable solution to protect surfaces from moisture and water damage. This comprehensive guide covers the basics of what cement waterproofing is, the advantages of using it, and the different available types. It also explains the steps for applying cement waterproofing, such as preparing the surface, applying primer and sealant, […] The post A Comprehensive Guide to Cement Waterproofing appeared first on The Constructor.

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Biggest Construction Industry Trends, Pitfalls, and Hotspots of 2023

Viewpoint Construction Technology

What will be the biggest construction industry trends of 2023? Customers from our Network told us what will be the biggest industry hot spots.

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What we know about Buy America guidance (so far)

Construction Dive

There is still time to weigh in on the proposed requirements, which apply to all federally funded infrastructure projects.

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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decision-makers who know that forecasting is a complex process, also realize that this is not feasible by using out-of-date systems.

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How to survive and overcome inflation and rising construction costs

Lets Build

Arcadis recently released a report about international construction inflation and costs with some interesting findings: Construction companies in both developed and emerging economies are experiencing price increases of over 5%. Other than increasing material prices, workforce shortages are a significant driving factor which is likely to keep construction inflation at higher-than-normal levels.

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What’s WRONG with Federal Facilities Mangement?

Job Order Contracting

What’s wrong with federal facilities management? EVERTHING. FACT #1 – National security is negatively impacted by the lack of effective/efficient facilities lifecycle management. FACT #2 – Lack of a lifecycle total cost of ownership approach in support of federal agency/department missions. FACT #3 – No set of quantitive key performance indicators exists or is required with respect for federal facilities lifecycle management.

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10 Sustainable Building Materials for Eco-Friendly Construction

The Constructor

Sustainable building materials are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people focus on preserving the environment. As architects, construction workers, and homeowners look for ways to improve their practices, sustainable building materials provide an effective option for reducing their environmental impact. Various materials, from recycled wood to clay, can create energy-efficient buildings, reduce waste, […] The post 10 Sustainable Building Materials for Eco-Friendly Constructi

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What's Hot, What's Not (A Lot): Q3-Q4 2022 Construction Metrics Index

Viewpoint Construction Technology

How do construction project statistics, contract values, hiring metrics, and cash flows trends look on a quarterly basis?

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Construction worker sues employers for directing him to use ‘colored’ door

Construction Dive

After asking to enter a trailer to use the microwave, the Black worker said a superintendent told him he had to use a separate entrance from White staff.

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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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3 construction industry trends in 2023

Lets Build

New year, new trends, right? There are some unique construction trends in 2023, but we also have more of the same. The same issues plaguing the industry last year—labour shortages, supply chain disruptions, high material costs, lower profit margins, etc.—followed us into 2023. Between those lingering challenges, high inflation, and continuously rising interest rates, developers and contractors are competing more than ever for their supplies, workers, and business continuity.

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Construction Accounting Software Rankings

Construction Business Owner

Construction Accounting Software Rankings Which accounting/ERP system is best for your needs? See overall rankings plus category leaders. mhodges Wed, 02/01/2023 - 13:56 Software selection can be challenging. Identifying the best system for your business is crucial to justify the investment and the learning curve. This report, offered by CrewTracks, can help.

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Sustainable Public Sector Facilities Management – Unattainable?

Job Order Contracting

Sustainable Public Sector Facilities Management is unattainable if current practices are not fundamentally changed. The current mindset across all public sector organizations is not conducive to sustainable facilities management from either economic or environmental perspectives. Until this fundamental fact is altered, there is zero chance of significant improvement from the ‘status quo’ of rampant waste and mismanagement.

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Exploring the 5 Essential Types of Vertical Construction

The Constructor

The vertical construction of a building plays a critical role in the overall structure. A combination of different materials and building techniques is used to create vertical structures, making it one of the most important construction elements. Understanding these different types of vertical construction can help you make an informed decision when building a new […] The post Exploring the 5 Essential Types of Vertical Construction appeared first on The Constructor.

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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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The Connected Construction Professional Series: Construction BIM/Detailing Professionals

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Connected construction helps BIM/Detailing professionals move complex projects from design to construction with more accuracy and efficiency

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The Super Bowl’s most recent stadiums and how much it cost to build them

Construction Dive

SoFi Stadium was just two years old when it first hosted the Super Bowl last year, but Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium has hosted six times since 1987.

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Entering Retail Space as a Non-Retailer

Wolgast Corporation

(Updated 2/20/23) Retail real estate has shrunk over the past three years according to CBRE’s report “ US Real Estate Market Outlook 2023 ”. With less retail construction happening, there is less opportunity for businesses to move into this type of space. Malls and retail centers that have been struggling in recent years are now finding opportunities by converting to mixed use.

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The Definitive Handbook on Selecting the Right Construction ERP Software

Construction Business Owner

The Definitive Handbook on Selecting the Right Construction ERP Software This handbook takes the guesswork out of choosing the best construction ERP software mhodges Mon, 02/27/2023 - 10:30 Sometimes, too many options cause confusion. That’s why construction businesses seeking the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) application to help them manage shifting construction needs and demands should focus on a single, industry-specific cloud ERP solution.

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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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Army Job Order Contracts FAIL to meet AFARS requirements MOST OF THE TIME

Job Order Contracting

Army Job Order Contracts fail to meet critical AFARS requirements most of the time. The J OCPB (JOC Price Book: reflects the current local costs in detail for construction tasks expected to be performed in the geographical area of the base contract with the primary use of developing a detailed line-item price. (AFARS) The above definition of a unit price book clearly notes the requirement that the JOC unit price book reflect both local and current costs for the work to be performed using JOC.

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Roof Vents: What You Need To Know

The Constructor

Proper roof ventilation is essential to maintain the integrity of your home. Roof vents not only help to improve air circulation but can also reduce energy costs and prolong the life of your roof. In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of roof vents, their benefits, and the tools and steps needed to install […] The post Roof Vents: What You Need To Know appeared first on The Constructor.

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Work-life Balance and Mental Health in Construction: Overheard in the Big Room  

Autodesk Construction Cloud

Working in construction can be incredibly rewarding. As a sector brimming with talent and innovation, the construction sector gives professionals numerous opportunities to build meaningful careers. That said, it can also be a stressful industry to work in and some construction professionals may struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance and prioritize their mental health.

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Contractors confident in the face of falling backlog

Construction Dive

Construction backlog dropped in January but remains one month higher than a year ago and around the same level as the month before the pandemic, according to the report.

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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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The Difference Between A Construction Accountant And A Tax Accountant

Contractor Bookkeeping

How often have you hired someone with the expectation that they know how construction works, and then you found out they did not know about it? You are a master in the construction industry, so you recognize what to look for in your particular field and quickly observe if someone has the skillsets, and you proceed accordingly. You know what happens when you send your best Rough Carpenter that you pay piece work for framing spec from the ground up in all kinds of weather and working conditions to

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2023 Fleet Management Buyers Guide

Construction Business Owner

2023 Fleet Management Buyers Guide Explore cutting-edge fleet tracking systems to improve your operations mhodges Mon, 02/27/2023 - 10:24 The best fleet managers know that finding the best tools is half the battle. A fleet manager’s goals include organizing and coordinating fleet vehicles so the business can improve efficiency, reduce costs and comply with government regulations.

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Value Generation in Public Sector Facilities Management

Job Order Contracting

Value generation in public sector facilities management will rapidly become a mandate. Traditionally elevated levels of economic and environmental waste are no longer supportable. Furthermore, the administrative burden required for sustainable facilities management must be reduced as staffing levels continue to fall. Fortunately, the challenges for generating value from the ongoing numerous repair, renovation, maintenance, and new construction projects can be significantly reduced through the

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Cement vs. Concrete: Which Building Material is Better?

The Constructor

Finding the right building material for your next project can be challenging. Cement and concrete are two of the most widely used building materials for construction and have many advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will look at the differences between cement and concrete, their advantages and disadvantages, and which is best suited for […] The post Cement vs.

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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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Digital Builder Ep 40: Construction Trends for 2023

Autodesk Construction Cloud

Many workers and leaders alike are feeling the pressure of so much exciting innovation happening across the different sectors of the construction industry. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities, the expenses, and the fear of the unknown effects new technology and trends may bring. In today’s first-ever Digital Builder podcast hosted live on LinkedIn, we have invited three powerhouse leaders and our newest 40 Under 40 construction champions, Andrew Cooper , VDC Engineer at AECO

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Construction job openings hit third highest on record

Construction Dive

As jobs go unfilled, a majority of U.S. construction firms say they intend to increase staffing levels over the next six months, according to Associated Builders and Contractors.

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Understanding Cultural Differences Within Your Company And Clients

Contractor Bookkeeping

We're in a dynamic, multicultural country with many different races of people from diverse origins, just within the domestic market; it's vital that you know who might be interested in your goods or services and how they could perceive particular messages. Whichever specialty your construction business is in, cultural differences can directly impact your profitability.