2017 Construction Marketing STAR Awards – Winners Announced

Construction Marketing

Winners of the 2017 CMA STAR Awards and CONSTRUCTION MARKETER OF THE YEAR Awards are announced by the program sponsor, the Construction Marketing Association (CMA). The STAR awards recognize excellence in 16 marketing categories and 80 sub-categories. SUPERSTAR and STAR (first place/second place respectively) are awarded for each category or sub-category. CONSTRUCTION MARKETER OF THE YEAR recognizes top brands or companies by region.

Commercial Construction Labor Trends & Hiring Strategies: Why Young Hires are Good Business for General Contractors

Commercial Construction

If you’re like me, your social media feed this month is filled with photos of happy graduates celebrating commencement and getting ready to begin the next chapter of their lives. Hopefully, we’ll see some of those fresh young graduates heading toward a career in commercial construction. Part of the reason I say this is the current hiring situation in the construction industry.

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Passive House is “In” in 2017

Green Building Law Update

As you consider what’s “in” and what’s “out” in 2017, within the realm of green building, Passive House is in. It is not controversial to accept that a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings at low cost, while also improving occupant comfort, is to improve the thermal performance of the building envelope.

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Construction

Viewpoint Construction Technology

With more than 450,000 global users in 17 countries, we understand not all projects are the same or require the same solutions. When one side of the world is focusing on heat safety, the other is ramping up for cold weather worker exposure. At Viewpoint, we ensure you’re always on top of what’s happening in your area. With cold, winter weather upon us, it’s critical to keep workers comfortable and safe on the job.

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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.

Common Construction Industry Myths – Debunked


The construction industry has been the subject of jokes, myths and rumours for decades and, while some jokes are funny, the misconceptions have actually harmed the industry. Getting the wrong idea about the construction industry has led to lots of talented, creative people – of all stripes – choosing to work in other sectors, leaving construction short of good workers.

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Oracle buys Aconex

Collaborative Construction

Interesting development in the construction technology space with Oracle buying Aconex. The link below is to the Oracle press release. I've been a fan of Aconex for a long time. This should serve as a wake up call to the built industry generally. Oracle buys Aconex James L. Salmon, Esq. Collaborative Construction 300 Pike Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Office 513-721-5672 Fax 513-562-4388 Cell 512-630-4446 JamesLSalmon @ gmail dot com Our affiliates and their specialties Need Smart IPD?

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10 Reasons to upgrade to Sage SQL Estimating 17.11

Cassell Construction Estimating

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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Complaining Customers Aren’t Looking for Excuses


The other night, I was out with some friends. We were at a well-known place, listening to music and relaxing. One of my friends said she wanted something chocolate, so she ordered a piece of chocolate cake. A few minutes later it arrived, and she took her first bite. You could tell by looking at her facial expression that she was not happy. She said it tasted very dry. Not what she expected. So, I tried a bite. She wasn’t kidding. It was worse than dry. It tasted like chocolate flavored sawdust.

25 HR Compliance Terms to Know for 2018

ClearCompany HRM

In addition to the holiday parties and secret santa gift exchanges, the end of the year also brings organizational compliance processes as your HR department gets ready to wrap things up. If you’re not an expert in this area, or even if you are, there’s never a bad time for a terminology brush-up. Take a look at the 25 HR compliance terms you need to know as a manager: Affirmative Action Plan (AAP): A written set of specific, results-oriented procedures to be followed.

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.

Segmentation of Precast Walls in Revit

Branch Mesenger

In this post of the Structural Precast series I would like to touch upon the topic of segmentation of precast walls. Segmentation of precast walls can be done automatically or manually. Before we run the automatic segmentation we should check and adjust the Configuration Settings. The Configuration settings can be imported or exported via XML files to easily share the rules across several users, working on the same or different projects.

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How to Successfully Use Email Marketing to Drive Conversion

Construction Marketing

Don’t be so quick to blame email marketing for your woes. It may not be email itself, but rather, how you send email. Email open-rates may be underwhelming, but email has a ROI of 3800% , higher than any other digital form of marketing. So clearly, email can be very successful. What’s important is what you do with it. Your first step is to identify who your audience is. Identify Your Target Audience. In order for your campaigns to be successful, they need to be clearly targeted.

Commercial Construction Project Management: Managing What You Don’t Control

Commercial Construction

I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a control freak, but as a national general contractor, it’s part of the job description to be the one calling the shots and telling everyone what to do on a complex commercial construction project. However, from time to time, we have to manage things that are out of our direct control – particularly when a project specifies owner furnished items (OFIs) or an owner vendor.

LEED Commercial Interiors can Save the Planet

Green Building Law Update

By Katie Stanford and Stuart Kaplow. LEED Commercial Interiors projects present the best single opportunity for greening buildings. The proof is in the numbers. There are more than 5.6 million existing commercial buildings in the United States today. And despite the wildly successful U.S.

The Most Common Reasons Construction Projects Are Delayed

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Delays can be caused by anything: the client, the crew, equipment malfunctions , weather … the list goes on. But no matter how large or small a project, delays are never a good thing. When a job is behind schedule, it impacts everybody on the project, and likely the next scheduled project or build. Estimates get thrown off, rush fees ensue, and general disdain for the job can surface. Thankfully, all of this can be avoided.

Top 8 Construction Trends for 2018

Lets Build

The construction industry has been growing at a steady pace since 2011. According to PRNewswire, the global construction industry is projected to grow from US$7.4 trillion in 2010 to US$10.3 trillion in 2020 (when measured at constant US prices). On a similar note, Turner and Townsend mentioned that the GDP. Future of Construction 2018 BIM construction data Drones green construction project management technology

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April 2017 Newsletter – A “New, New OSHA” Emerges

FDR Safety

By Jim Stanley. President, FDRsafety. What a difference a few months can make, as can be seen with changes at OSHA. A review of recent issues of OSHA’s “Quick Takes” newsletter highlighting important agency news paints a different picture of OSHA than newsletters from last fall. Then, the publication was full of news about companies being cited and fined. The new penalties had kicked in and the fines were reaching record levels.

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Title Coin on the Blockchain

Collaborative Construction

For the past year I've been using the term Title Coin to describe digital title to a particular parcel of land. When I use the term Title Coin I am thinking of a token generated by the software protocol that underpins a blockchain. A Title Coin could be a colored coin in the Bitcoin world, a token or even a miniature Distributed Autonomous Organization (DAO) in the Ethereum world.

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Digital Dryshack # 93: GASP ! (10 Generally-Accepted-Scheduling-Practices)

Cassell Construction Estimating

Most of our work lately has been P6 training, and I find myself during that training to be referring often to Generally-Accepted-Scheduling-Practices. However, I don’t know if a written set of such practices exists – yet. So the purpose of this blog is an attempt to do just that, condensing my 30 years of construction [ ] The post Digital Dryshack # 93: GASP ! (10 10 Generally-Accepted-Scheduling-Practices) appeared first on Cassell Consulting - Construction Operations Consulting.

Uses of Cement


There are different uses of cement such as to make cement mortar, cement concrete which are used in various types of masonry and concrete structures. Building Materials Building Technology Guide Buildings Cement

What are Types of Bracing Systems Used in Multi-Storey Steel Structures?

The Constructor

There are different types of bracing systems commonly used in multi-storey steel structures between orthogonally arranged beams and columns to. Steel Design Steel Structures Structural Engineering Structural Structural Design

Rethink Your Grading Practices

Catlin Tucker

This year I have posted several blogs about grading and assessment. I encouraged teachers to stop taking grading home for two simple reasons: Grading in isolation robs us of the opportunity to have conversations with students as we assess their work and, ultimately, makes feedback one-sided and less effective. Grading at home robs us of precious time with our families, time to relax, and time to create dynamic learning experiences for students.

Why Are Weather Delays Such a Big Issue in the Construction Industry?

Construction Marketing

This year has seen some of the most brutal natural disasters in recent history. Hurricanes and beyond have ripped apart all kinds of construction and infrastructure and plenty of areas in the US face rebuilding: Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico. The reconstruction of these regions will be difficult. An added obstacle? Ordinary weather delays. A hurricane will completely destroy whatever was built, but simple rain or snow and other weather conditions can adversely affect a project as well.

How to Avoid 3 Common Commercial Construction Scheduling Delays

Commercial Construction

Compared with a few short years ago, commercial construction moves at an incredibly fast pace today. Due to a variety of factors – from smaller profit margins following the economic downturn, to the sense of immediacy that’s so pervasive in the modern business world – everyone from our clients on down to our subcontractors are being squeezed for time and asked to deliver commercial construction projects on tighter schedules than ever before.

LEED v4.1 Announced by USGBC at Greenbuild

Green Building Law Update

The announcement of the upcoming release of the new LEED version 4.1 by the U.S. Green Building Council was no doubt the biggest story at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston last week. And that is saying a lot because Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building and there was much to be excited about in the aisles of the expo floor. But when USGBC announces a new version of the most widely used green building rating system in the world, that certifies 2.2

6 Tips to Successfully Lead Construction Teams

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Construction sites are a sort of controlled chaos. Projects and builds are often made successful in large part by the leaders guiding the job from start to finish. With the right leadership, workers can increase performance and efficiency. Different styles of leadership on a construction site have a direct impact on how the project can turn out, with great leaders influencing high performance and respect from crews and subcontractors.

5D BIM: How It Will Help the Construction Industry

Lets Build

Earlier this year we explored BIM, Building Information Modeling, and explained why it is the future of construction. BIM is currently broken down into three levels but can more levels be added? We took a deeper look into 5D & the new revelations for this industry changing information sharing system. Construction Software 5D BIM construction construction software technology

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OSHA proposes delaying recordkeeping rule, and may change it

FDR Safety

OSHA has proposed delaying the start of a new electronic recordkeeping rule until Dec. 1, and intends to make a separate proposal to reconsider, revise or remove some of those requirements. The recordkeeping rule , put in place in May 2016 with an effective date of July 1 of this year, requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness forms to OSHA, which the agency said it would then publish on a searchable website open to the public.

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An Excellent Blockchain Article on Property Rights

Collaborative Construction

The article excerpted below deserves your full attention if you have any interest the future of real estate. The blockchain today performs the same function that a record of ownership provided in the 11th century BC. It confirms that this is mine and that is yours, and thus makes possible a greater degree of peaceful trade and wealth creation. When you think of it this way, you realize that the blockchain is a new technology that provides for an ancient need.

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10 Reasons to be thankful for the plumbing profession

Contractor Magazine

This is the time of the year when it’s appropriate to look around and give thanks. Here are 10 reasons to be thankful for the plumbing profession


Texas Named Business Facilities’ State Of The Year

Business Facilities

The Lone Star State wins BF's top annual honor for the third time. Read Texas Named Business Facilities’ State Of The Year on Business Facilities - Area Economic Development, Site Selection & Workforce Solutions.

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What are Common Fire Protection Systems for Steel Structures?

The Constructor

Steel structure fire protection systems are designated to protect the structure from fire for a specified amount of time. Various fire protection. Steel Design Steel Structures Structural Design Structural Engineering Structural

How Axiom Bank Modernized Recruiting with ClearCompany

ClearCompany HRM

“After a review of 14 systems, we noticed that ClearCompany was the only one that checked all of the boxes.”. Axiom Bank is one of the fastest growing banks in the state of Florida, and as a nationally-chartered community bank, they aim to serve all the financial needs of their customers through a wide range of services.