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Job Order Contracting – The Legal Side

Building Information Management

This is an example of Job Order Contracting from a legal perspective and that of a school district in Texas. This is NOT intended as ANY form of legal advice or counsel, but simply to share information relative to efficient construction project delivery methods. source: [link]. Magnolia ISD 170906. FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION CVF JOB ORDER CONTRACTS (LEGAL) DATE ISSUED: 10/9/2013 1 of 3 UPDATE 98 CVF(LEGAL)-P.

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4 Safety Tips Every Construction Worker Should Know

Construction Marketing

Worried about your safety at work? Construction sites are full of potential hazards and sometime accidents are unavoidable. More often, though, incidents can be prevented with clear thinking and precautionary measures. The best way to avoid injury is to follow these important safety tips that every construction worker should know. Know Where the First Aid Kit Is. Accidents can happen at any time, typically when you least expect them to.

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Commercial Construction Trends and Predictions for 2016

Commercial Construction

A continuing construction labor shortage will result in higher pricing and scheduling challenges in 2016. As we close in on the finish line for 2015, we’re happy to report it’s been a terrific year at Englewood Construction and for many others in the commercial construction industry.

The Greatest Challenge Facing the Construction Industry

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Overall growth in the construction industry indicates now is the time for contractors to take advantage of an improving economy to expand their business. Whether their market is retail, warehouse or lodging–where growth is expected to be strong–or in a segment that relies on federal funding like marine or direct federal construction–where forecasts are less optimistic–finding and retaining qualified people can be a challenge.

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

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

The Good NEWs: 6 Emerging Trends That Are Actually Good for the Construction Industry

Constructonomics

There was a time — and it wasn’t too long ago — when what it meant to build something changed little over the course of hundreds of years. There were artisans, tradesmen, skilled laborers, and a certain finite set of tools that craftspeople relied upon to make everything from the local palace to the local mill. Of course, the Industrial Revolution and the ensuing Technological Revolution has changed all that.

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Vicki Worden on the New Green Globes and Her Commitment to the Mission

Green Building Law Update

I had an opportunity some days ago to speak at length with Vicki Worden, the Executive Director of Green Building Initiative. Readers of this blog will be interested in what this thought leader in the green building movement has to say. We spoke after the public comment period commenced on the GBI’s revision to its Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings that forms the basis for the current version of Green Globes for New Construction.

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Safety off the job for July 4th

FDR Safety

July 4th is a good time to remember that safety for employees shouldn’t end when the work day is over. Fireworks are potentially hazardous, and anyone who intends to use them this weekend should be very aware of safety. The Consumer Products Safety Commission offers the following tips for using fireworks. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them and be sure to purchase your devices from a licensed distributor.

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A Little More Deming

Collaborative Construction

Deming contended fixing the SYSTEM fixes the PROBLEM. And construction, like mfg when Deming was doing his work, needs a SYSTEM fix. A couple of examples. When conducting a forensic analysis of project files in preparation for litigation it''s easy to identify the date the project went off the rails. It''s the day the trade contractors job diary entries began referring to the problems they encountered instead of the work they completed.

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Aloha Ken Wagner

Cassell Construction Estimating

The Cassell Team is sad to announce the retirement of our Senior P6 Consultant, Ken Wagner. He has been our Senior Oracle Primavera Technical Consultant and Oracle certified Enterprise Portfolio Implementation Specialist for the implementation of P6 Project Management, Ken has over thirty plus years of executive level experience in program and project management, working in state and federal government, defense and commercial industries.

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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.

Free Document Management App For Contractors

Contractor Bookkeeping

Everybody hates tax time because of all the paperwork and receipts that need to be gathered and sorted. Problem solved! If you can take a picture and talk, you can capture all of your expenses in the cloud on the Amazon Backbone and retrieve them anytime you need them

3 Golden Rules Of Proposal Design

Help Everybody Everyday

Proposal design is a challenging topic. Everybody seems to have their own opinion about what your proposals should look like. As someone trying to get a proposal out the door, dealing with proposal design can be frustrating. Especially if the people with those opinions don’t have any graphic design training. While you understand their opinions are important, they can feel arbitrary or baseless. So, today I’m going to give you the three golden rules of proposal design.

2015 Construction Marketing Survey Results

Construction Marketing

To further understand current marketing plans and priorities in the construction industry, the Construction Marketing Association conducted a national survey of construction professionals. The following questions were asked: 1. In 2015, will you increase or decrease overall marketing activities and budgets? What traditional marketing tactics will you increase or decrease in 2015? What Internet marketing tactics will you increase or decrease in 2015?

Trends in Construction: 3 Ways Technology is Changing Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction

The use of technology and apps for daily construction reporting, sharing photos and scheduling look-aheads has become common practice on today’s commercial construction job sites. A few days ago as I grabbed my smartphone before heading to the office, I thought back to the time when I would leave the house each morning with a pager and a roll of quarters in my pocket.

Back and in the Black

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Greetings folks. It has been a while since I’ve sat down and put thoughts to keyboard in this blog. So to paraphrase that song from AC/DC, I’ve been too long and I’m glad to be back. Construction Management with John Chaney

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Smartphones and tablets are coming to the job-site. Now what?

Constructonomics

This is a guest post by Yves Frinault, CEO of Fieldwire. A field-first construction management app. There was a time when mobile devices, particularly smartphones, were dainty, sacred idols too expensive to risk destroying out in the field. Certainly not something to put in the hands of a gruff hammer-swinging-craftsman. But times change. Smartphones are everywhere and construction workers are no exception. Foremen now have access to powerful phones and tablets on-site.

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Bluebeam Shortcut: Snap, Sync, and Reuse with the Construction Profile

Carol Hagen

The popularity of the Construction Profile in Bluebeam Revu often leads to a bit of confusion for newer Bluebeamers. The Status Bar is hidden by default in the profile and so I frequently see people changing the profile they’re using to Takeoff or Advanced so they have the options to Snap to Content , Snap to Markup , Sync side-by-side views or Reuse markups. Let’s save you some time and instead share the shortcut, F8. This will toggle the Status Bar Off/On in all Revu profiles.

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Harvard Business Review Adds Environmental Performance to Ranking CEOs

Green Building Law Update

It is significant when the Harvard Business Review alters its methodology in ranking the best performing CEOs in the world to now take into account a company’s environmental performance. Increasingly CEOs are coming to appreciate it is okay to make a profit while saving the planet. Harvard Business Review’s self described mission is “to improve the practice of management in a changing world.” The business journal is highly regarded and widely read by business leaders across the globe.

U.S. appeals court rules against OSHA on machine guards

FDR Safety

A federal appeals court has ruled against OSHA in a case stemming from a fatal accident involving a lathe at a manufacturing plant, saying that the agency’s interpretation of its regulations on machine guards “strains a common sense reading.”. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that regulations were designed to protect workers from “point of contact risks and risks associated with the routine operation of lathes, such as flakes and sparks.” The accident at a Loren Cook Co.

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A Harsh Assessment of Architecture

Collaborative Construction

I''ve been pleading with my architect clients for years to pay attention to the emergence of new virtual planning and design tools and, more importantly, the way those tools are being used to increase efficiency and productivity in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities and infrastructure over time.

DD# 83: Publishing a Project Web Site

Cassell Construction Estimating

If you are limited on your IT budget for P6 licenses and still want to allow stakeholders to view project data you can use the non-licensing publishing feature in Primavera P6. You can select designated project information from Activity Layouts, Reports from the reports library, and Tracking Layouts to be published a share drive where you can allow access to designated stakeholders. This is also an easy way to disseminate information to owners and subcontractors.

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Business school on path to becoming Largest Net-Zero Energy Building in Southeastern U.S.

Contractor Magazine

Darla Moore School of Business showcases the university’s commitment to efficient energy usage as it is anticipated to become the first net-zero energy higher education facility of its kind. read more. Commercial Plumbing

Are You A Contractor Who Babysits Your Bookkeeping Department?

Contractor Bookkeeping

Did You Hire A Bookkeeper For Your Construction Company And. Now You Feel Like You Have An Adult Day Care Center? Is efficient bookkeeping difficult to achieve? Is your construction company under utilizing software? Do you have lack of confidence in your QuickBooks financial and Job Costing Reports? Are you babysitting your bookkeeper who is supposed to be saving you time and money, not causing you to multitask instead of focusing on things that make you money?

8 Best Practices to Decrease Your Accident Rate and Increase Your Approval Rate

Construction Marketing

In most workplaces, accidents are a nuisance for worker and a headache for HR. However, at construction sites, accidents are potentially industry-ruining. With every new story about environmental disasters, earth-shattering explosions, andtrapped laborers, construction sites become less and less appealing — even as the population grows and demands for new, updated structures increases.

3 Solutions to Help Solve the Commercial Construction Labor Shortage

Commercial Construction

Bill Di Santo, president of Englewood Construction (second from right), and the Englewood accounting team receiving recognition from the Chicago Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) for participating in their 2014 Accounting Intern Program. Activity is setting up nicely for commercial construction in 2015, but just as the industry seems to be back on its footing, the dreary recession of years past is giving us one last gasp of annoyance and pain.

Turning Your Project Managers into Business Managers

Viewpoint Construction Technology

A special guest blog by Tyler Pare of FMI. Project managers often control in excess of $1 MM, $5 MM, even $ 10 MM in annual contract revenue and risk. However, project managers often do not view themselves as business managers. They view themselves as middle management – cogs in the wheel of a great machine that churns through backlog year-in and year-out – leaving the business issues up to division managers and executives.

New Industrial Cleaning Method

Constructonomics

For many years sandblasting has been used in a variety of industries for its ability to clean, smooth, and remove surface finished quickly and efficiently. Recently, there has been some speculation over its effectiveness. It is very successful in fast removal of surface contaminants such as dirt, grit, paint and other coatings. Also, it is more eco-friendly than the use of acids or sodas that could also be used in these circumstances.

Bluebeam Revu: Site Planning 101

Carol Hagen

Site Planning just became easier with the Blubeeam Revu 2015 release thanks to the new Sketch Tools. Whether you want to place a crane, trailer or define a temporary parking lot you can now define dimensions and also create scalable tools to reuse with your common site plan items. Creating markups to scale are useful on shop drawings, floor plans, installation detail as well. Sketch Tools: The new markup sketch tools include a polygon, ellipse, polyline or rectangle.

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Government Ownership of Rain is Antithetical to Increased Potable Water

Green Building Law Update

Against a backdrop of California experiencing the worst drought in its history and the U.S. Supreme Court having before it an interstate water dispute, where Florida seeks an equitable apportionment of the waters of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers over the claims of upstream Georgia, the issue of “who owns the rain” is of national importance. Collecting rain and using it for a desired purpose on one’s own property should no longer violate laws.

New OSHA recordkeeping rules creating confusion

FDR Safety

New OSHA recordkeeping rules that went into effect this year are creating confusion among employers about the definition of an amputation and how to quickly determine if an incident that occurred after work hours is actually work-related, according to an article in Business Insurance magazine. The new rules, which went into effect Jan.

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The Built Industry's Backwards Bicycle

Collaborative Construction

Tanner Clark , the Director of BIM/VDC Construction Services for Stuart Olson out of Canada recently asked me, "Why is the uptake of BIM and IPD so slow in the Built Industry?" That's a frequent question, especially from sophisticated BIM users like Tanner who instinctively see the value inherent in IPD and experience immense frustration leading change efforts in the Built Industry.

Press Release: CCi’s Groundbreaking Integration Partnership with Procore

Cassell Construction Estimating

Partnership leads to an exciting software integration: Sage to Procore Interface. Vancouver, WA July 13, 2015: Cassell Consulting announces our Sage Estimating to Procore Interface will be released in August. The integration will create a new job in Procore, with the fully-developed Sage Estimate distributed into Procore’s project budget. Cassell Consulting is partnering with Procore in developing their generic public API, also scheduled for August release. Procore Technologies, Inc.

Business Facilities’ 11th Annual Rankings Report: Texas, Utah Top Flagship Business, Economic Categories

Business Facilities

Business Facilities (BF) Magazine. Our 11th annual rankings report is Business Facilities’ most comprehensive evaluation to date of state, metro and international leaders in more than 50 critical categories essential to site selection choices. Business Facilities’ 11th Annual Rankings Report: Texas, Utah Top Flagship Business, Economic Categories appeared first on Business Facilities (BF) Magazine.

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