April, 2018

Safety Culture Exercise: Improving Attitudes Towards Safety

FDR Safety

Creating an effective Safety Culture is something we at FDRsafety preach daily to our clients, partners, friends, and family.

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The Last Straw for a Rational Environmental Policy?

Green Building Law Update

In the wake of the 48th anniversary of Earth Day yesterday, among the hottest environmental issues of the day appears to be criminalizing the plastic drinking straw. The import of the “war on drinking straws” must be true because this week there is a viral video viewed on YouTube more than 5.5 million times of a 2015 incident where a Texas A&M University research team in Costa Rica found a plastic straw stuck in the nose of a sea turtle.

The Carpenter Contractor Trust An Introduction

Construction Marketing Blog

It’s all marketing. Well, it isn’t, exactly. But the reason we hear that cliché so frequently is that it carries with it a ring of truth that resonates within all of us. The Carpenter Contractor Trust (www.CCTNetwork.org), or simply “The CCT,” is a labor management trust formed in 2001.

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ASA Event in Naples

Collaborative Construction

During the first week of April I presented in Naples, Florida to Southwest Chapter of the American Subcontractor's Association.

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2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

What's on tap for construction's economic fortunes in 2017?

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Two Tips For A Safer Project

FDR Safety

The United States is and has always been one of the fastest growing nations in the world. Not only are we constantly building, we are doing so at a rapid pace and massive scale.

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The World is being Forced to Rethink Recycling

Green Building Law Update

Maybe not since Plato wrote about the value of reusing waste in the fourth century BC has recycling undergone the wide fluctuation, good and bad, that we are seeing right now. Today, the world has been forced to rethink its approach to waste. China is driving the change in recycling. Most recently, China imposed a 25% tariff on U.S. scrap aluminum.

The Benefits of Using Steel in Construction

Construction Marketing Blog

The trade of steel is an important part of the global economy, with about five million people involved in making this metal worldwide and a further million people employed in service centers, galvanizing plants and trading. Every year the world produces about 1,600 million tons of crude steel – the equivalent weight of about 160,000 Eiffel Towers. It’s also of vital important to the US.

The Closing Experience Podcast

Collaborative Construction

During the first week of April I presented at two events in Florida. The first event was hosted by Cottrell Title out of Naples and focused on the potential transfer of title to real property on the blockchain. Sponsored by Cottrell Title, the event was held Tuesday April 3, at the Naples Area Board of Realtors facility. On Monday, the day before the event, James P. Schlimmer, the managing partner at Cottrell Title invited me to discuss blockchain on Cottrell Title's Closing Experience Podcast.

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

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

Dotted Line: Cultivating bid-winning relationships with public agencies

Construction Dive

Effective communication and trust are keys to productive relationships with local and federal officials

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Strategies to Protect Buildings Constructed on Brownfield Land

The Constructor

The term Brownfield land is used for a land that has been developed previously, i.e. buildings and associated infrastructures have been constructed. Construction Engineering & Management Construction

OSHA’s Repeat Violation Policy: How To Prepare.

FDR Safety

EHS Today : “A recent court decision extending the time limitation for OSHA to assess repeat violations has upped the ante for employers who until now chose not to contest more routine violations because of the cost of defending them.

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Green Globes 01-201X about to be Green Lighted

Green Building Law Update

There is an electric charge running through the green building industrial complex with the announcement last week that “Green Building Initiative Launches New Green Globes Pilot Program.” And while the breadth of the pilots among building type and geographic location is impressive, the press release buried the lede.

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Construction Health Indicator (We're keeping score.)

The Construction Health Indicator is a daily pulse of the construction industry.

5 Tips To Using A Steel Pipe Flange For The First Time

Construction Marketing Blog

A pipe flange is a mechanical device which serves the purpose of joining pipes together. It can be in the form of a welding neck where it’s welded to the flange collar or threaded where it’s screwed to the flange. Other methods include the use of a lap joint to make connections using a stub end, or a socket weld or a slip on. Here are 5 tips to use a steel pipe flange for the first time: 1. Use Slip-on Flanges In Low-Pressure Services.

Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage

Business Facilities Blog

As cyber threats multiply at an exponential rate, an emerging cybersecurity sector tries to keep pace, with government agencies forming close alliances with world-class institutions of higher education. Read: Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage at BusinessFacilities.com.

$13B Hudson River tunnel project misses environmental review deadline

Construction Dive

Without an environmental approval from the DOT, the project may not be built before the existing tunnel fails, crippling the Northeast Corridor

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Embedments in Concrete and When it is Used in Reinforced Concrete

The Constructor

What are embedments in concrete? Embedments are any items for instance pipes, ducts, sleeves, and conduits placed in concrete elements for different. Concrete Concrete Technology

10 futuristic technologies that are changing construction


It’s no secret that technology is revolutionising literally every aspect of modern day life. The construction industry, continually being updated and upgraded with the latest technology, is one such example of this.

Locals Laws Stop the Setting Sun on Solar Installations

Green Building Law Update

Two bills pending in the Montgomery County Council aim to increase the use of renewable energy in the suburban Maryland County. At a time when the number of households installing solar panels on their roofs declined last year, the first annual decline since 2000, and a decline by more than 15% when compared with the year before, following 5 years of growth that averaged nearly 50% a year, many believe that the growth of onsite renewable energy is not sustainable in the current environment.

How maintaining warehouse floors can reduce the risk of accidents

Construction Marketing Blog

Unemployment has dropped to below 5%, with positive employment figures showing that the economy added more than 230,000 new jobs in February. Yet, there has been much debate and concern over the state of industries – so how come? It’s not just here in the US either, over in the UK the unemployment is an identical rate of 4.7%. Yet we do need to realize that the face of employment has shifted massively. The job providing locations today aren’t so much factories but warehouses.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles To Invest Over $1B In Michigan

Business Facilities Blog

FCA will modernize its Warren Truck Assembly to produce Ram Heavy Duty trucks, relocating truck production from Mexico and adding 2,500 new jobs. Read: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles To Invest Over $1B In Michigan at BusinessFacilities.com.

How to recruit talented workers away from competitors

Construction Dive

In this tight labor market, contractors provide insights for luring capable field and office staff from local construction firms

Inspection Checklists for Construction of Urban Stormwater System

The Constructor

Checks that need to be carried at different stages of urban stormwater system construction includes checklist for excavation, trenching, pipes before. Construction Engineering & Management Construction

Seven Deadly Construction Accounting Mistakes Kill Profit And Growth

Contractor Bookkeeping

"Early To Bed, Early To Rise, Know Your Numbers And Advertise".

Weekly Product Gallery: Fire protection products

Constructor Magazine

AGC of Maine Bestows Highest Honor on The Hiawatha Project

PC Construction Blog

PC Construction was one of only five contractors statewide to be honored with a 2018 Build Maine Award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Maine. The award in the Building Division category recognized PC’s. All Awards Commercial Projects

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How I built that: The hell and heaven of house builders


House building projects are tough. The distance between hell and heaven in a project like that can be extremely short. This statement comes as no surprise to anyone who has some experience in the building sector.

Report: Construction costs continue to increase amid tariff uncertainty

Construction Dive

The industry is looking to May 1 when the Trump administration will issue a decision on which countries will be exempt from steel and aluminum tariffs

Methods to Check Verticality of Structure during Building Construction

The Constructor

Checking verticality works would encounter during building construction at several stages such as during installing vertical formworks of columns and. Construction Engineering & Management Construction

IRIS USA Creating 95 Jobs In Pennsylvania

Business Facilities Blog

The injection-molded plastic products manufacturer and distributor will expand operations into Pennsylvania and establish a manufacturing facility in Hazle Township. Read: IRIS USA Creating 95 Jobs In Pennsylvania at BusinessFacilities.com.

Advancing the application of renewable energy in architecture

SAB Magazine

This article outlines a two-tier design approach that can assist architects to achieve their goal of a Net Zero Energy building.