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5 Success Factors for Construction Firms

Construction Marketing

Since the economy’s slow improvement, the construction industry has seen growth as well. The issue, however, is the growth is mixed. Some companies are benefitting from the economic environment, while others are still being trampled by the lasting effects of the recession. Raken, a construction reporting app, shares success factors for construction firms in a recent whitepaper. Following is a summary of the 5 factors for successful construction firms. Operations Visibility.

Commercial Construction 2017 Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

Rounding the corner into the final weeks of 2016, it’s time for our annual post predicting the commercial construction trends that will influence the industry in the coming year.

The Future was on Display at Greenbuild

Green Building Law Update

Nearly 20,000 people attended the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild 2016 convention in Los Angeles last week with more than 600 exhibiters from the green building industrial complex showcasing innovations and new products on the expo floor. Regular readers of this blog will know that I blogged from Greenbuild last week, including Top 10 Products from the Greenbuild Expo and Junk Science And Heat Island Effect Revealed at Greenbuild.

How to Use Safety Signs So That They’re Effective

Constructonomics

If you own or run a business and it carries any kind of hazard or risk to employees, visitors or passing members of the public then you need to use safety signs to let people know about the potential dangers. Using safety signs is a very rapid and cheap way of alerting the public and your workers about hazards in certain areas or around particular machines.

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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.

New OSHA recordkeeping rule: Urgent need for employer review

FDR Safety

Thanks to a new OSHA recordkeeping rule, employers urgently need to take a close look at their employee handbooks, safety policies and procedures, safety incentive programs, and drug testing policies. The rule , which was issued late last week and goes into effect within 90 days, provides new means for employees to pursue claims that they have suffered retaliation for reporting safety concerns.

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Nanotechnology Update - 100 Times Easier to Filter Salt out of Water?

Collaborative Construction

Looks like Lockheed Martin may be on the verge of an incredible breakthrough that would exponentially increase the supply of clean drinking water world wide. Getting the Salt Out! Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance 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

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4 Reasons to Consider a Single Provider

Viewpoint Construction Technology

While stand-alone solutions can offer compelling functionality, they also carry increased complexity

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Functional Requirements of Floors in Building Construction

The Constructor

Floors in buildings provide strong level surface to support occupants, furnitures, and other equipments. There are various functional requirements of. Building Technology Building Tips Structural Detailing Structural Engineering Buildings Structural

Official Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium construction time-lapse

Contractor Magazine

The just-released time-lapse showcases 32-months of progress with high-definition imagery. read more. Video

Huh? Ugh! LOL: The Top Tensions of Construction Law and Contracts

Speaker: Matthew DeVries, Construction Law Attorney and National Blogger

The construction environment changed more in 2020 than any prior year—whether the parties were faced with government shutdowns, new health and safety restrictions, or overall financial strains. Yet, many projects remained on target and successfully reached the finish line this year. The rights and responsibilities of parties involved in a construction project are mainly dependent upon the contract or agreement between them, and there is no better time than to review your contractual obligations to identify risk pitfalls and ensure success. Join construction law attorney and national blogger Matthew DeVries as he discusses the top tensions on a construction project and how to avoid disputes.

Top Five Sustainable Building Trends

Business Facilities

If you’re considering building a new facility for your company’s relocation or expansion project, the option of sustainable or “green” building has probably been a topic of discussion. Sustainable building practices are becoming more common, but are still seen as cost-prohibitive by many building and real estate leaders, according to a recent study by construction management firm Structure Tone. Source: Structure Tone).

Technology Trends In Construction Improving Job Site Safety

Construction Marketing

A series of innovative ideas in construction have been used to bring a remarkable difference in the industry.There is no shortage of tech gadgets for commercial projects as there are a number on offer for various projects. More enticing are the low costs of the tools that lower the barrier for adopting these tech gadgets on site.

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Commercial Construction Trends: Why More Clients Are Choosing the Design-Assist Model

Commercial Construction

Working with a client on a design-assist or design-build basis, as Englewood Construction is with the reimagining of Stratford Square Mall, allows the commercial contractor to provide valuable input during the initial planning stages. Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably already knows I’m a huge proponent of client partnerships that bring the general contractor into the commercial construction planning process as early as possible.

Is California Going to Ban Cows in the Name of Climate Change?

Green Building Law Update

The California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board has issued a “Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy” that includes the penultimate statement, California’s dairy and livestock industries account for roughly half of the State’s total methane emissions and about five percent of the State’s overall GHG emissions. About half of the emissions from the State’s 5.5

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.

The Challenge of Climate Change for the Construction Industry

Constructonomics

The changes we are experiencing in our climate are affecting all of our lives. Every industry is being affected by what is happening, but is having an especially big impact on the construction sector. Governments across the world are waking up to the fact that extremes of weather are rapidly becoming the norm. In many countries, they are gradually changing construction legislation to take account of this fact.

OSHA’s Use of General Duty Clause in a Way Never Intended

FDR Safety

Throughout its 46-year history, OSHA has had the authority to utilize Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, commonly known as the General Duty Clause, to address “recognized hazards which are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees,” and where there are measures that are “feasible, available and likely to correct the hazard.”

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AGC Alaska Conference report

Cassell Construction Estimating

Our CEO Barry Cassell spoke at the 68th annual AGC Alaska conference in Anchorage last month. Barry’s session, “Construction Tech Today and Tomorrow” provided historical perspective and a look ahead at the progress of technology in our industry. Among topics covered, a recent survey by McKinsey Global Institute pegged Construction next-to-last of all major industries at technology adoption (only Agriculture does worse than we do!)

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3D Printed Casts

Collaborative Construction

The uses for 3D printers is, of course, limited only by our imagination. The image below, of a patient specific cast, is only the latest innovation in the arena. Use of 3D printers in the medical field is set to explode and we need to see more intelligent / innovative uses of this technology in medicine to reduce costs. Read the whole article and think about how the use of 3D printers might facilitate certain construction work.

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Integrated vs. Best of Breed Project Management Systems – What’s Right for Your Organization?

Viewpoint Construction Technology

Construction is a big market – 13% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product

TYPES OF BONDS IN BRICK MASONRY IN WALL CONSTRUCTION

The Constructor

Types of bonds in brick masonry wall construction are classified based on laying and bonding style of bricks in walls. The bonds in brick masonry is. Brick Masonry Building Technology bonds in brick masonry bricks BRICKWORK

Top ten list of countries using the most water

Contractor Magazine

According to published reports, here are the annual water "footprint" stats for the top ten water-using countries around the world. Water consumption is increasing all around the world. The impetus for this increase is due primarily to the following three reasons. read more. Green

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Keeping Up With Advanced Manufacturing

Business Facilities

By Jenny Vickers. From the September/October 2016 Issue. E arlier this year, the National Science and Technology Council sent the White House a report entitled A Snapshot of Priority Technology Areas Across the Federal Government. The report included a stark warning about the availability of skilled workers for one of the hottest growth sectors in the U.S.: advanced manufacturing. In August, ATC Automation announced it will invest $10.4

Top 10 Inbound Marketing Strategies for Construction

Construction Marketing

Inbound marketing contradicts the traditional outbound marketing strategies. Outbound marketing strategies typically includes trade shows, direct marketing, telemarketing, anything that ‘pushes’ the promotion onto the consumer. Inbound marketing does the opposite; it ‘pulls’ the customer in with resources that consumers are searching for. Long before purchase and immediately before purchase, consumers are seeking information.

Go for the Gold: 3 Keys to Finishing a Commercial Construction Project on Time

Commercial Construction

Leading up to the start of the Olympic Games earlier this month, one of the main story lines revolved around the question of “Will Rio be ready?” Before the 2016 Games opened, media coverage showed crews in Rio de Janeiro putting finishing touches on new-construction Olympic facilities, and reporters speculated whether venues and the athletes village would be completed in time to welcome participants and spectators.

False Advertising Claims over Net Zero and LEED Certified Homes

Green Building Law Update

Homebuyers are making claims of false advertising over “Net Zero LEED certified” houses in midtown Sacramento – that may be neither. The website for the architect on the project, today still says, “2500 R Street located on a two acre site along the R Street light rail corridor in Midtown Sacramento, this new single-family home community is designed to be rated LEED Silver for Homes and LEED Silver for Neighborhood Development.”.

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How To Find The Perfect Factory Floor

Constructonomics

As a factory manager, you have range of responsibilities under your belt, production management, streamlining processes, making sure health and safety guidelines are adhered to, and keeping employees productive and happy to name but a few.

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OSHA violations: Back door to higher penalties and criminal prosecution

FDR Safety

Employers cited for workplace safety or health violations could find themselves facing significantly higher penalties and possible felony prosecution under a new federal initiative to use alleged OSHA violations as a launching point to investigate whether companies are also violating environmental laws.

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We’re presenting Construction Tech at AGC Alaska 11/9 in Anchorage

Cassell Construction Estimating

Please come join us at AGC Alaska in Anchorage November 9-12. We’re presenting the session “Construction Tech: Today + Tomorrow” on Wednesday at 2:45. Our session takes a look at the current state of tech in our industry as well as what’s coming in the next few years. We’ll discuss Cloud, Mobile, Drones, 3-d printing and Robotics, to name a few.

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Oil Shale in the Green River Formation

Collaborative Construction

The microwave technologies described in the article linked below tie directly to the previous Energy Economy post and highlight the vastness of the oil and gas resources to which the US enjoys access. The oil and gas remaining in the Permian Basin, the Eagle Ford Shale, the Barnett Shale, (all in Texas) the Marcellus Shale, (in NY, PA, WV and Ohio) the Bakken Shale (North and South Dakota) and the 4.2

2016 CFMA Annual Conference - Building It Forward

Viewpoint Construction Technology

This year’s theme for the 2016 CFMA National Conference was Building It Forward and marked

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TYPES OF SOIL TESTS FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

The Constructor

Types of Soil tests for building construction works depend on properties of soil. Design of foundation is based on soil test report of construction. Geotechnical Engineering Soil Soil Investigation

National movement needed to attract, educate skilled tradespeople

Contractor Magazine

Michael Copp, Executive Vice President, PHCC—National Association. Whether we are trying to make America "Stronger Together" or "Make America Great Again," there exists a national catastrophe that requires nothing short of a national cultural pivot. read more. Training Opportunities