May, 2019

Construction Marketing Strategies That Won’t Demolish Your Budget

Construction Marketing

If you hope to expand the client base for your construction company, excellent marketing is essential. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Several time-tested strategies won’t strain your budget. Here are seven smart, cost-effective ideas for maximizing your marketing reach. Leverage Search Engine Optimization. In today’s world, people turn to the internet when they want information. That makes an appealing, user-friendly website is vital.

Attracting the next-generation workforce, and no, we don’t mean Millennials

BD+C

Gen Tech. Gen Wii. Net Gen. Digital Natives. Homeland Generation. Plurals. iGeneration. If these descriptions of the next generation of our workforce sound like a foreign language to you, you’ll want to pay close attention. Millennials are no longer “the next generation.” 1 In fact, Generation Z has claimed the title as this next wave of individuals enters the workforce. Born between 1995 and 2010, Generation Z comprises 25 percent of the U.S. population

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4 Moves Toward a Project-Planning Method That Does More Than Check Boxes

Construction Business Owner

The first question a leader should ask is: Do we have an operational standard for preconstruction being used by every project manager, estimator and superintendent/foreman? If the answer is no, you have your first obstacle to overcome.

Top 10 Contractor Mistakes

Viewpoint Construction Technology

The most common contractor errors and how to avoid them to keep your construction projects safe, productive and profitable. The savvy contractor knows they can’t possibly avoid every jobsite mistake. But they also know that working smart helps limit issues. Staying proactive during projects by recognizing pitfalls and taking appropriate steps to avoid them limits accidents, ensures budgets and timelines remain on schedule and creates a more positive work environment.

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

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

Video game-like tech draws younger, more skeptical workforce to construction

Construction Dive

The modern jobsite's move to simulators, controllers, VR headsets and more is bucking the perspective that careers in the industry are all grunt work

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How to Assess Your Water Heater to Determine if it Needs a Repair

Construction Marketing

You probably never put much thought into it, but a water heater is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. You use it to heat the shower, cooking water, hand washing and a lot more. These are things that are easy to ignore, until you can’t have them. To avoid a situation where you wake up one morning and your shower just can’t heat up, ensure that your water heater is taken care of, at all times.

HVAC Technician Training Resources

Contractor Magazine

Take a look at these accredited institutions to enroll in as an industry first-timer or to gain additional certifications as an industry veteran

Recycled Restaurant Waste Cooking Oil Can Trigger Insurance Pollution Exclusion

Green Building Law Update

In a case having broad implications given the wide mandatory recycling of restaurant waste cooking oil across the country, in a decision filed on April 29, 2019, a federal appeals court held that contaminated recycled fat could trigger the “pollution exclusion” in an insurance policy. In Restaurant Recycling, LLC v.

Dollar Saving Tips for Contractors

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Sometimes, staying in the green can be difficult with large budgets and complex projects that have many details and variables. From designing effectively to reducing waste, we have come up with seven tips and best practices that can help contractors stay above water. Design Effectively. Start off with a cost effective design and an architect who has cost efficiency in mind. Changes made at the beginning of a design process tend to be less expensive compared to changes made during a build.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

More than 7K robots to take on construction work by 2025

Construction Dive

Midsize and major contractors are beginning to integrate intelligent machines to pair with BIM and building automation and to help with worker shortages and other productivity issues, a new report found

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No More Overlooking Work Zone Accidents

FDR Safety

Last week we published a blog highlighting the dangers faced by teenagers while driving , specifically carpooling. An appropriate topic given that it was Memorial Day Weekend and the kick-off to what we in the safety industry know as the 100 Deadliest Days. Thanks to overwhelming media coverage this phrase and the associated 3+ month time period have become a nationally recognized issue.

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Choosing the Right Size Dumpster For Your Next Project

Construction Marketing

Every construction project results in waste that has to be eliminated to create space for free movement of people and things. The trash is usually created when certain structures are demolished. If such waste is left on the site, it can make your project to lose its appeal and attract pests such as rats and crickets. In fact, heaps of trash usually creates an impression that a project is not yet complete. Besides that, such trash can trigger certain accidents when work is in progress.

6 stages of a project in construction

Lets Build

For every stage of a construction project, from the simplest to the most complex, there are certain steps and processes that need to be followed to ensure a successful outcome. Projects in construction may vary based on their size, the number of stakeholders involved, budget and delivery date. Regardless of the case, though, a construction. Construction management building projects construction process construction project stages

Maryland Appellate Court Upholds Local Government Pesticide Ban

Green Building Law Update

Last week the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state’s intermediate appellate court, overturned an earlier circuit court decision, reinstating a Montgomery County ordinance significantly restricting pesticide use throughout the County. In October 2015, the Montgomery County Council enacted Bill No. 52-14 becoming the first major jurisdiction in the country to enact such a ban.

Paper vs. Clunky Software vs. Integrated Construction Solution

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Place your bets. Who will win the construction heavyweight belt? Paper. It’s always there when you need it. It comes in various forms and is used for various reasons: sticky notes are used to outline construction processes , invoices are printed and mailed to clients, notepads are used for taking notes … the list goes on and on.

Autodesk machine learning tool ranks jobsite risks

Construction Dive

Construction IQ algorithms pore through thousands of safety and quality issues to steer project leads and executives toward those that are most urgent

Drones Gaining Ground on Construction Sites

Contractor Magazine

While the military remains unmanned technology's biggest customer, the latest AUVSI show in Chicago offered evidence that more contractors and subcontractors are finding increasing uses for it

What You Should Do If You Need Emergency Plumbing

Construction Marketing

A plumbing emergency is an inevitable crisis for every homeowner. You might leave the house clean and dry only to come back to a flooded house or wake up to a clogged sink just before you do your dishes. Either situation can be challenging to overcome alone. Typical emergencies include water and gas leaks, clogged drains, toilets or damaged fixtures. Once they occur, they cause inconveniences, and if not corrected on time, they can be disastrous.

What is Skirting in Construction? Purpose and Types

The Constructor

Skirting is basically a board that runs along the border between the interior wall and the floor. It covers the improper edges, avoids scratches from. Building Technology Guide continued skirting double layered skirting flush skirting Interior Design metal skirting pencil skirting skirting in construction wooden skirting

STEM Leaders: Moving To The Head Of The Class

Business Facilities

The battle for America’s future as a global technology leader is being waged in locations that have initiated innovative programs to increase the number of graduates with STEM skills. Read: STEM Leaders: Moving To The Head Of The Class at BusinessFacilities.com.

Living in a Materials World

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Effectively managing the materials on jobsites with modern software can have a significant impact on contractors bottom lines. Every built environment turns raw materials into polished projects. It’s the skill of the labor, the creativity of the design and the intricacy of the engineering that shifts steel, concrete, brick, glass and so many other materials into finished work.

Construction industry unemployment at record low

Construction Dive

The case for an economic downturn over the next 18 months is fading fast, said an ABC economist, citing 103 months of continuous job creation

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United Rentals Offering Trench Safety Training

Contractor Magazine

United Rentals trained more than 90,000 workers in trench safety operations since initial trench safety stand down in 2016

Onsite construction 101: How to deliver on time and budget

Lets Build

What is onsite construction? Onsite construction covers a wide spectrum of work on the field. As a rule, it lies in the center of every project and refers to all activities that should be completed on the job site such as onsite construction, maintenance and property management. But working on a construction project is never. Construction management collaboration in construction construction budget construction management construction process onsite construction

Load Bearing Masonry Construction – Features, Advantages

The Constructor

Load bearing masonry construction is one of the oldest and widespread construction techniques in the world. Every wall element in a load bearing. Masonry Construction Construction load bearing Mortar

The Commonwealth Of Virginia: A Location of Choice

Business Facilities

Home to the nation’s largest data center market, its third-largest port, the third-highest concentration of tech workers and the HQ of 37 Fortune 1000 companies, Virginia offers diverse opportunities for success. Read: The Commonwealth Of Virginia: A Location of Choice at BusinessFacilities.com.

How to Simplify Construction Data Collection from the Field

Viewpoint Construction Technology

4 Key Benefits that Digitized Data and Connected Mobile Solutions are Bringing to the Jobsite. It’s a special thing when you can see just how your construction organization is driving success — especially when you have a deep understanding into the activities that happen out in the field. However, pulling that data together in ways that are meaningful and timely has been a consistent challenge in the construction industry.

Top software firms: Contractors hungry for tech integration

Construction Dive

Interoperability, especially between tools seen as "cool," helps both small and large firms make the most out of limited resources

UMC Receives AGC Washington Grand Award for Safety Excellence

Contractor Magazine

The award comes on the heels of UMC winning the National 1st Place MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award in their category for the second year in a row

How digital technology is changing the construction industry

Lets Build

Since its emergence, digital technology has affected a great number of industries across the globe. While it’s more visible in certain areas, such as agriculture, manufacturing, and retail, it’s the construction industry that’s taking the biggest advantage of it now. The era of digitalisation has finally reached contractors and their businesses, and it’s about time. Guest posts digital technolog digital tools guest post

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What You Need To Know Before Hiring Subcontractors

Contractor Bookkeeping

In Construction, hiring Independent Contractors can get very expensive, very fast! The Internal Revenue has a defined set of rules on what is the difference between an "Independent Contractor" and "Employee". With all the documentation in place, a person could still be classified in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service as an "Employee.". When you hire 1099 contractors. You need to know that their state contractor's license, bond, and insurance are active.

Fairmont, Minnesota: Growing Side By Side

Business Facilities

Agribusiness, manufacturing and distribution are thriving shoulder-to-shoulder in Fairmont, a rural gem in south central Minnesota. Read: Fairmont, Minnesota: Growing Side By Side at BusinessFacilities.com.