January, 2024

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Keep Your Hands Safe in the Workplace This Winter

Construction Business Owner

Keep Your Hands Safe in the Workplace This Winter ccapoccia Thu, 01/04/2024 - 12:11 Hand injuries accounted for 102,350 days away from work in 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Safety Council. Even minor scrapes and lacerations can prevent construction laborers from completing their work, leading to significant delays and costly medical care.

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Top 5 Construction Software Trends of 2024

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Annual recurring revenue is that sweet, sweet, repeatable profit to even out the peaks and valleys of project-based work. What are other 2024 trends?

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Plastering Concrete Surfaces – Methods and Procedure

The Constructor

Plastering concrete surfaces is a critical component of construction that involves the application of lean mortar to enhance not only the visual aesthetics but also the durability and structural integrity of the surface. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the intricacies of plastering concrete surfaces, encompassing various methods applicable to different types of concrete […] The post Plastering Concrete Surfaces – Methods and Procedure appeared first on The Constructor.

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Construction misclassifies up to 20% of workers, researcher says

Construction Dive

Paying workers off the books robs them of their benefits and hurts contractors who follow the rules by making them less competitive, said a Century Foundation researcher.

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decision-makers who know that forecasting is a complex process, also realize that this is not feasible by using out-of-date systems.

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Make It Resilient 2024 Student Contest Encourages New Ways to Build for Extreme Environments

Autodesk Construction Cloud

From the moon to Mars, we’re getting closer to the reality of expanding humanity’s habitat beyond our planet. But, here on Earth, extreme weather and a changing climate are also creating new challenges—from wildfires to coastal flooding, severe heat waves, and more. With its latest annual Make It Real program, Autodesk is challenging high school students to imagine how to design and build a habitat for an extreme environment.

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Effective Construction Management Tool for Increased Reporting

Construction Business Owner

Effective Construction Management Tool for Increased Reporting Increase & Enhance Reporting Directly from the Jobsite with Rugged Mobility Solutions [Find Out How] mhodges Wed, 01/03/2024 - 10:00 Increase your team's productivity and reporting with Kyocera's Total Mobility Solution – explore how rugged devices, innovative partner productivity applications, specialized accessory solution ecosystem, and best-in-class support work together to help increase worker reporting directly from the field,

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4 Ways to Track Equipment Easier—and Allocate Tools Back to the Job

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Viewpoint enables contractors to better manage their projects, processes and people, using the data gathered to lower risk and improve margins.

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Mastering Tone For Construction Company Connections

Contractor Bookkeeping

Mastering the right tone is critical when connecting and communicating with people in the construction business. Whether you're writing an email, making a phone call, or meeting in person, how you present yourself can make all the difference in building strong relationships with clients, colleagues, and partners. Research suggests that as much as 93% of communication is non-verbal , so it's unsurprising that the tone and meaning of emails and messages are misinterpreted as much as half the time.

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TSMC reaches deal with Arizona union on $40B chip factory project

Construction Dive

The semiconductor giant’s plan to import workers from Taiwan sparked strong opposition from the Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council.

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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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Behind the Build: Interview with Mostafa Saber, BIM & Design Manager at Diamond Developers

Autodesk Construction Cloud

Digital technology tools today have changed the face of what it means to be in construction by enabling cloud collaboration, improving workforce productivity and making sustainable practices easy to achieve. Diamond Developers , a subsidiary of SEE Holding are driving the digital agenda across the entire lifecycle of a construction project. The company uses adaptive thinking to achieve their greater purpose—sustainable living for all.

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Specifying fiber-reinforced polymer technology in new curtain wall technology

Construction Specifier

Photos courtesy Deceuninck North America. By Greg Koch As energy codes and sustainability standards continue to drive industry innovation, specifiers can now choose curtain wall systems that waste significantly less energy than their predecessors. Some manufacturers are using fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) technology to create curtain wall components, reinforcements, and pressure plates that can be incorporated into the hollow chambers of aluminum frames to significantly bolster the system’s ove

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How to Equip Your Fleet for Rugged Terrain

Construction Business Owner

How to Equip Your Fleet for Rugged Terrain ccapoccia Tue, 01/30/2024 - 13:41 Rubber track conversions are gaining popularity as an easy-to-install solution for commercial construction and other types of businesses that frequently need to travel over rugged and unpredictable terrain. Built initially for lighter-duty trucks, advancements in rubber track conversion systems are now a smart option for contractors and construction companies that are driven to complete projects on time.

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5 ways mass timber will reshape the design of life sciences facilities

BD+C

5 ways mass timber will reshape the design of life sciences facilities Here are five reasons why it has become increasingly evident that mass timber is ready to shape the future of laboratory spaces. rcassidy Tue, 01/02/2024 - 14:16 John Sullivan, AIA A new study by a collaboration of design, engineering, and construction firms describes cost-effective strategies for building laboratories and science+technology facilities using mass timber.

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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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Practical Tax Season Tips For Construction Business Owners

Contractor Bookkeeping

Tax season can be a bit overwhelming for construction business owners, especially with many things to keep track of in our industry. But don't worry; we're here to help! We know that construction businesses have unique tax considerations that can be tricky to navigate, such as complex accounting and bookkeeping challenges and issues related to payroll and sales taxes.

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Construction starts jump 20% to close 2023

Construction Dive

December’s rebound after three down months signaled “the planning queue is stabilizing,” according to Dodge’s chief economist.

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Why You Should Make 4D Construction Sequencing ‘Business as Usual’ – and How To Do It

Autodesk Construction Cloud

Technology is increasingly driving almost every sector to new heights and efficiencies; the construction industry stands at a pivotal juncture. Incorporating 4D construction sequencing into everyday operations isn't just a technological upgrade; it's a business imperative for forward-thinking firms, especially in APAC. Most of the time, 4D BIM is seen as an early stakeholder engagement tool.

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Superior Construction is reinforcing the built environment across the Carolinas as we learn in our conversation with Richard Kirkman, PE 

Construction Today

There are many man-made marvels often taken for aesthetic value, rather than the ingenuity required to create them. However, in the case of the Ashley River Crossing pedestrian bridge, both are applicable. Located in Charleston, South Carolina, the bridge will be the first cable-stayed movable pedestrian structure in the country. Its hydraulic swing span components will allow the bridge to open… Source The post Superior Construction is reinforcing the built environment across the

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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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How the Opioid Crisis Impacts the Construction Industry

Construction Business Owner

How the Opioid Crisis Impacts the Construction Industry ccapoccia Mon, 01/15/2024 - 16:50 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. has more than doubled in the past five years. Over 105,000 Americans died from all overdoses in calendar year 2022, and approximately 70% of all overdose deaths in the U.S. are attributed to opioids.

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Tactical issues for renovating university research buildings

BD+C

Tactical issues for renovating university research buildings 0 qpurcell Thu, 01/25/2024 - 13:30 Laboratories Matthew Plecity, AIA, ASLA, Principal, GBBN, highlights the connection between the built environment and laboratory research, and weighs the benefits of renovation vs. new construction. Matthew Plecity, AIA, ASLA University Buildings Laboratories Designers Architects Reconstruction & Renovation It is an underappreciated fact that scientific work is closely connected to the built environme

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Becoming A Better Project Manager By Improving Communication Skills

Contractor Bookkeeping

In the construction industry, communication takes many forms, including written reports, drawings, emails, and face-to-face meetings. Each form of communication has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. For example, written reports and illustrations provide a permanent record of information, but they may not be as effective in conveying complex ideas as face-to-face interactions.

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Construction’s biggest staffing struggles for 2024

Construction Dive

A lack of experienced workers, far-flung jobsites and social issues will compound the industry’s labor shortage this year, experts say.

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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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40+ Fresh Product Releases You Should Know in January

Autodesk Construction Cloud

At Autodesk, our goal is to help your teams work faster and smarter all year long. This month, we have 40+ product releases across Autodesk Construction Cloud , including Autodesk Build, Autodesk BIM Collaborate, Autodesk Takeoff, BuildingConnected, and Assemble. And because your time is valuable, we don't need you to sweat the details. Click below to get the key info you need to know: Autodesk Construction Cloud Platform Autodesk Build Autodesk BIM Collaborate Autodesk Takeoff BuildingConnected

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Joel Hutchines breaks down AI’s transformational role in boosting productivity for construction 

Construction Today

The construction industry represents the bedrock of economic development and infrastructural growth across the globe. Known for its brick-and-mortar framework, it’s a high-stakes game where every decision, from project conception to execution, has the potential to change the course of events. The cost of poor decision-making is not just an abstract concept, it can translate into tangible financial… Source The post Joel Hutchines breaks down AI’s transformational r

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Stop Bidding & Start Negotiating

Construction Business Owner

Stop Bidding & Start Negotiating ccapoccia Mon, 01/29/2024 - 08:18 Every year, successful construction companies stop and look at their last 12 months, and then they make decisions and commitments to next year’s contract and sales goals. Does your company have a winning customer contract award strategy?

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Designing for personal technology is crucial for senior living facilities

BD+C

Designing for personal technology is crucial for senior living facilities 0 qpurcell Thu, 01/11/2024 - 16:00 Senior Living Design Today’s seniors are increasingly tech savvy. It isn’t enough to give senior living residents a pre-determined bundle of technology and assume that they’ll be satisfied. Jeff Carpenter, PE, RCDD MFPRO+ Blog Senior Living Design Designers Engineers Architects Smart Buildings Today’s seniors are increasingly tech savvy.

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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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Controversial Independent Contractor Rule is Finalized

ENR Construction

Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su says rule will prevent employers from misclassifying legitimate employees as independent contractors, but construction groups largely oppose it.

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What contractors need to know for 2024

Construction Dive

It’s anyone’s guess what will happen in the next 12 months, but these insights from construction pros can help bring the year into focus.

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The Rise of Women in Construction: Why It’s Critical, Especially in Field Leadership

Autodesk Construction Cloud

Women have made tremendous strides in making the construction industry more diverse. Despite progress, women are still severely underrepresented in leadership and project supervisory roles. Both have traditionally been the domain of men, and we must bring more women into these roles because it will help solve many significant challenges our industry faces.