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.

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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.

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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.

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The Greatest Challenge Facing the Construction Industry


Overall growth in the construction industry indicates now is the time for contractors to take advantage of an improving economy to expand their business.

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

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

Bluebeam Tip: Adding a Responsibility Column with a Choice to your Worklist

Carol Hagen

The Punch and Back Check, Design and Constructability Reviews and Estimating Take-off are all top construction workflow that Bluebeam Revu improves for the general contractor and specialty trade alike.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Manufacturing Faces Two Million Worker Shortage In The Next Decade

Business Facilities

Business Facilities (BF) Magazine. Study from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute indicates nine in 10 Americans surveyed believe manufacturing essential to U.S. economy, while only one in three parents would encourage their children to pursue a career in manufacturing.

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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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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.

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.

Back and in the Black


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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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.

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


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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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. Too many of those clients continue to ignore the impact of these new tools and processes and too many of them are ceding their seat at the table with the owners to general contractors. Why architects refuse to embrace these new tools and processes has vexed me, but I continue to work with stakeholders in the built industry - including architects - who are prepared to move forward and improve the built industry as a whole. The article excerpted and linked below addresses the insular mindset of modern architecture and provides insights into the angst felt in the profession. The clash between the architect''s vision, the owners needs and the contractors ability to build what the architect designs speaks to the need for additional collaboration on the front end of projects. Anyone interested in forming an integrated team to pursue their next project should give me a call. Meanwhile, the article excerpted and linked below may be of interest to stakeholders in the built industry who wonder why architects continue to resist the practical nuts and bolts effect of virtual planning, design, construction, costing, scheduling, operations and maintenance empowered by the effective use of BIM tools in an integrated project delivery (IPD) environment. Architecture is suffering a crisis of confidence. More and more mainstream figures in the field are admitting that the profession has lost its way. As I previously mentioned , Frank Gehry, the world’s most famous architect, recently said that “ 98% of everything that is built and designed today is pure sh*t. There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else.” Architectural thought-leaders seconded and thirded him. And he’s since been fourthed by another. Last year, recognizing general public’s low opinion of architects, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the trade organization for the profession, launched an effort to “reposition” the industry by hiring marketing and brand-identity firms. (You can find a PDF of one of the Institute’s public opinion polls here.) And now The New York Times , the ultimate arbiter of elite opinion, recently published an op-ed that declared, “For too long, our profession [architecture] has flatly dismissed the general public’s take on our work, even as we talk about making that work more relevant with worthy ideas like sustainability, smart growth and ‘resilience planning.’” The authors are not kooks on the fringe but architect Steven Bingler and Martin C. Pedersen, former executive editor of Metropolis magazine, both of them very much in the establishment. Read the whole thing. Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution! James L. Salmon, Esq. Collaborative Construction 300 Pike Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Summary of Services and James L. Salmon''s CV Office 513-721-5672 Fax 513-562-4388 Cell 512-630-4446 JamesLSalmon@gmailcom Collaborative Construction Website No Silos Website'

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.

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How To Write A Company Overview That Rocks

Help Everybody Everyday

One of the worst, most boring, things in the world you’ll ever have to read is a company overview. Am I right!?! “Since 19__, we’ve been an engineering firm. Blah, blah, blah services we provide. Blah, blah, blah how many people and offices we have.

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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Feature Story: 2014 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

Business Facilities

Business Facilities (BF) Magazine. Nevada wins the most hotly contested economic development prize in years by bagging Tesla''s lithium battery plant near Reno. Washington successfully pulled out all the stops to keep Boeing from leaving the state.

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The Constructor

Quantities of materials for the production of required quantity of concrete of given mix proportions can be calculated by absolute volume method. Concrete Calculator Concrete Technology How To Guide Material Estimation Concrete Mix Design Quantity Estimation Sand

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.

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.

Business is Booming, But How is Your Business?


It’s certainly been a busy start to 2015. The economy is growing. Construction business is booming again and everyone in our industry – from owners to contractors to vendors – is scrambling to try and keep up with significantly greater workloads.

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Making Interactive Plan Sets (Auto Mark and Batch Link)

Carol Hagen

Today’s Tip will help everyone working on the project by making Interactive (Navigable) Plan Sets. Using vector based plans is key to making interactive plan sets so the sheet index is hyperlinked to each page.

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Finding the Right Location for Your Headquarters


If you are involved in the construction industry, image is important, especially if you are chasing large contracts. The people who make the big decisions need to have confidence in you and your firm, which is why you need to give the appearance of being a competent and professional company.

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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?"

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.

Driving Rebar Fabrication and Field Activities with BIM

BIM & Beam

Watch benefits of extracting BIM data to drive fabrication and field activities for the rebar supply chain, and how the rebar industry connects BIM to fabrication and the field to make the process more efficient

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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Feature Story: 3D Printing Is Shaping Up

Business Facilities

Business Facilities (BF) Magazine. Additive manufacturing is the hottest new growth sector, promising to revolutionize how just about anything you can imagine gets made. Feature Story: 3D Printing Is Shaping Up appeared first on Business Facilities (BF) Magazine.

2015 Award Winning Project: Halifax Central Library

SAB Magazine

An extraordinary building that is most successful in its drama of architectural form and its public space. Building Case Studies Canadian Green Building Awards Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd.