August, 2017

Empowering Today’s Service Teams

John Chaney

Some managers believe that the best methods for empowering employees are training and mentoring. No doubt this has an impact, but outside of all that extra wisdom managers are imparting to their teams, how else can employees be empowered?

The Mathematical Corporation

Collaborative Construction

Just read an excerpt from a new book, The Mathematical Corporation , written by two VPs at Booz Allen Hamilton that grapples with the complexity of knowledge in the context of a BIG DATA and what it means to leadership in the future. Very interesting stuff. James L. Salmon, Esq.

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Green Globes to be Approved in Maryland

Green Building Law Update

Last week the Maryland Green Building Council voted unanimously to recommend that Green Globes, at the two Green Globes level, be approved by the Maryland Secretaries of Budget and Management and General Services as a “high performance building” as defined in Maryland law.

What is Punching Shear? Punching Shear in Slabs and Foundations

The Constructor

Punching shear is a failure mechanism in structural members like slabs and foundation by shear under the action of concentrated loads. Calculations. Structural Design Structural Engineering Foundation Slabs Structural

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

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

10 Reasons to upgrade to Sage SQL Estimating 17.11

Cassell Construction Estimating Blog

No more corrupted or misplaced estimate files- all estimates are stored in the faster, more stable Microsoft SQL database. Virtual Licensing eliminates the need for physical USB devices and product activation codes. No more passwords with more robust, granular, Estimating Security Groups Shared report and screen layouts created by administrators can’t be accidentally overwritten, while still [ ] The post 10 Reasons to upgrade to Sage SQL Estimating 17.11

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Top 5 features your construction CRM should deliver

John Chaney

Recently, Viewpoint’s Henry Ferguson teamed with CRM partner Cosential to tackle the notion of what a CRM does and how CRMs deliver positive ROI in Construction.

What is a smart contract on the blockchain?

Collaborative Construction

Smart Contracts written on the blockchain are Turing enabled blockchains, or distributed ledgers that utilize logic loops and forks, support automated identification of participants in self-enforcing “smart contracts” that leverage data traditionally left in silos on the web.

You Should Not Contract With Your Environmental Consultant

Green Building Law Update

In an effort to mitigate risk you should not contract directly with an environmental consultant, but rather your attorney should contract with that consultant.

Types of Pile Driving Equipments -Applications, Advantages and Details

The Constructor

There are several machines and equipment which are employed for pile driving during construction. These machines and tools are discussed. Read More. Foundation Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Foundation Structural

My Internship at PC

PC Construction Blog

This summer I had the opportunity to intern with PC Construction on the Village Townhomes at Spruce Peak project. This project includes the construction of 18 townhome units within six buildings at Stowe Mountain Resort. All Our Crew

Denyo Manufacturing Plans $8.7M Kentucky Expansion

Business Facilities Blog

Denyo Manufacturing Corporation (DMC) is planning a major expansion to its facilities and operations in Danville, KY. The company will invest $8.7 million for construction of an additional building and purchase of new equipment, adding up to 90 new jobs. . Photo: Denyo Manufacturing Corp.

5 Ways BIM Can Help You Reach LEED Certification

John Chaney

We understand the importance of designing and building with the environment in mind. Our Portland, Oregon, headquarters is a LEED Gold certified building , and we’re committed to helping our customers reach LEED certification on projects as well. The U.S.

Delaware Approves Blockchain for Stoc

Collaborative Construction

The State of Delaware continues to lead the way on the adoption and use of blockchain technologies in the US.

Solar Panel Tariff Fight Makes Strange Bedfellows

Green Building Law Update

The U.S. International Trade Commission held a nearly 10 hour initial public hearing this past Tuesday on a petition seeking tariffs and price minimums on low cost imported solar panels.

Methods of Bridge Column Casing -Properties, Details and Uses

The Constructor

Purpose of providing bridge column casing is to improve its ductility, shear and flexural capacity. Methods of column casing, details and uses are.

Floating Micro Cabin

Jetson Green

I don’t know about you, but living in a floating home has always appealed to me. And this floating tiny cabin prototype recently built by the Russian firm BIO Architects would fit the bill perfectly.

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Game Winner

Business Facilities Blog

Are you ready for some football? Loyal readers of this space know that we’ve occasionally taken a jaundiced view of economic development projects that are dependent on professional sports leagues and their migratory franchises.

Minimize risk with integrated software

John Chaney

Businesses succeed when good decisions are made. Good information leads to good decisions. The right integrated business software solution can provide you with that information and minimize your risk on a daily basis. Let’s say a subcontractor’s insurance has expired.

Advances in Batteries

Collaborative Construction

To truly leverage energy in a mobile environment we need better batteries. The article linked below describes a potential breakthrough in zinc-air batteries that may help. Promising Research into Zinc-Air Batteries James L. Salmon, Esq.

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Construction Complete on UVM Central Plant Expansion

PC Construction Blog

Yesterday the University of Vermont hosted an open house to celebrate the completion of their Central Plant Chiller Expansion project. The $9 million four-story chiller expansion includes a 1500-ton York chiller and associated chilled water. All Education & Campus Projects

Design of Curtain Walls for Wind Loads -Details and Calculations

The Constructor

Curtain walls are the first structural element that subjected to wind loads. Wind loads controls the structural design of curtain walls which are. Building Technology and Construction Guide Structural Design Structural Engineering Walls Buildings Structural

Solar Powered Concrete Home With a Green Roof

Jetson Green

While concrete may not be a very sustainable material to work with when building houses, the newly completed MeMo House makes up for it in other green features. It is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was designed by the local firm Arquitectura.

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Florida: A Warm Climate For Business Growth

Business Facilities Blog

By the BF Staff. From the July/August 2017 Issue . You can have peace-of-mind when you locate your business in Florida. The state’s favorable business tax structure, government policies and competitive costs make planning for future growth easy.

Such Great Heights: The 5 Tallest Buildings of the Year

John Chaney

We’re no strangers to massive projects and complicated jobs. Our software suite is designed to help businesses like yours operate seamlessly no matter how big or small a job.

Culture War Underway

Collaborative Construction

As an advocate of Smart Built Cultures it saddens me to see our country torn apart by warring factions on the right and the left operating under pretty dumb "cultures".

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The State Of Women In Construction

Geniebelt

Society has progressed and evolved in many ways. One significant change has been the increasing presence of women in the business world. Women have progressed in leadership and taken up challenges that were once considered too difficult for them to perform.

What is Guniting? Procedure, Applications and Advantages of Guniting

The Constructor

Guniting is a process used in construction for repair, rehabilitation and slope stabilization purpose. Procedure, applications and advantages of. Concrete Technology Guide For CIvil Engineer Special Concrete in Construction Concrete Technology special concrete

6 new technologies to incorporate on your job site

The Korte Company

The search for efficiency in terms of labor, materials and timelines has come with the territory in the construction industry from the moment someone first made a brick out of mud and then wondered if there was a better way. We’re way beyond that now, but the spirit remains the same.

LifeNet Health Investing $12.25M, Creating 321 Jobs In Virginia

Business Facilities Blog

LifeNet Health, a leading global regenerative medicine company, will invest $12.25 million to expand its global headquarters operation in Virginia Beach, VA.

Jobpac Connect Release Notes

John Chaney

Find out all about the New Features and Fixes included in the latest Jobpac Connect Updates. Click here to view the Release Notes for the recent Cumulative Patches. Software Jobpac Enhancements

Spider silk Kevlar bridge wires?

Collaborative Construction

Amazing advances in material science are on the horizon. When will these advances impact the built environment? Sooner than you think! Researchers in India weld spider silk to Kevlar James L. Salmon, Esq.

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The 50 Construction Blogs That Will Change How You See Our Industry

Geniebelt

We hereby bring you our list of 50 biggest construction blogs and places to get updates about the construction industry. A great list for you to check out in order to find influential companies in the industry, that talks about the newest trends and pulse of the industry. The list.

Orientation of Green Office Buildings for Efficiency and Functionality

The Constructor

The orientation of green buildings for efficiency and functionality is considered during construction. Read More at Orientation of Green Office. Building Technology and Construction Guide Buildings Green Buildings