August, 2018

Developing the PHC Workforce

Constructor Magazine

Resources to help recruit, hire and train new workers

The Financial Effects Of A Safe Workplace

FDR Safety

In my 35+ years of working in the safety industry, I have had one goal each day: Help individuals safely return home to their families. There is no greater benefit of safety than this. This doesn’t mean that it is the only benefit.

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Voice of Blockchain Event

Collaborative Construction

I'll be presenting at the Voice of Blockchain event in Chicago at the Navy Pier this Saturday. Anyone interested in learning more about how blockchain connects the digital world to the built environment need to attend. Follow the link below to learn more. Voice of Blockchain James James L.

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Mission Critical at the Department of Defense now includes Climate

Green Building Law Update

On August 13 the President signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The $716 billion H.R.

2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

What's on tap for construction's economic fortunes in 2017?

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Types of Joints in Concrete Water Tank Structures and their Spacings

The Constructor

Joints in liquid retaining concrete structures are important part of its design as joints are required as per size and position of structure. Structural Design Structural Engineering Water Tank Design Contraction Joints Expansion joints Joints in Concrete Liquid Retaining Structure Water Tanks

Safety Around Powerlines – Part II

FDR Safety

Working around energized equipment can be very hazardous, it is good to know these helpful tips to prevent yourself from becoming the path to ground electricity is always searching for.

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Brickschain Pilot Project

Collaborative Construction

The ENR article linked below details the results of a very interesting pilot project in Minnesota in which a forward thinking general contracting firm, Gardner Builders partnered with an innovative startup firm, Brickschain , to deliver a robust building information model (BIM) on a functional blockchain platform.

SEC Assessment of Climate Change Risks Still Mandated

Green Building Law Update

While I was on the Baltoro glacier making my way down from K2 in Pakistan earlier this month the Securities and Exchange Commission informed Exxon Mobil Corp. that it closed its investigation into whether the company had misled investors about the risks that climate change posed to its business.

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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.

3 cost-free ways to handle late payments

Construction Dive

With 3.3 percent of total project costs attributed to handling late payments, subcontractors look to improve their cash-flow management

Free Form Rebar Aligned Distribution in Revit 2019.1

BIM & Beam

Building on Autodesk’s strategy to make Revit a robust model authoring tool for designing and detailing, the Revit 2019.1 release includes an important update for concrete detailers and engineers that will help to increase modeling versatility, accuracy, and productivity.

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McKinsey: When it comes to AI adoption, construction should look to other industries for lessons


Tip of the spear. Cutting edge. Vanguard. These are not words anyone would associate with the construction industry. And when it comes to the nascent technology of artificial intelligence, the construction industry is right near the bottom for both current and future AI adoption

Devens: Winning The Battle For Business

Business Facilities Blog

Where troops in full battle gear once lined in formation, high-tech execs squint to take aim at targets today—this time with new patents and breakthroughs in their sights. Read: Devens: Winning The Battle For Business at

Construction Health Indicator (We're keeping score.)

The Construction Health Indicator is a daily pulse of the construction industry.

What is Podium Slab, Its Functions, Advantages and Disadvantages?

The Constructor

What is podium slab? Podium slabs are special type of floor system that transfers loads from a steel or wood frame structure above the slab to walls. Building Building Technology Guide Concrete Flooring Precast Concrete Construction

Jury Awards Millions in Sustainable Hog Case

Green Building Law Update

Last week a jury in federal court awarded more than $470 million to six people who live from one-third of a mile to one mile away from a hog farm, run by Murphy Brown and affiliate of Smithfield Foods, in a rural patch of Pender County, North Carolina. The lawsuit is the third to go to verdict of more than two dozen cases pending in North Carolina. In April another federal jury award ten families in Bladen County $50 Million.

Guam amid U.S. military-driven $8.7B construction boom

Construction Dive

When the approximately 60 projects are complete, around 4,100 U.S. Marines based in Japan will be able to relocate to the U.S. island territory

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BIM for Reinforced Concrete – From Design to Detailing in One Model

BIM & Beam

This is the third blog post in a series that discusses the advantages of working on concrete projects in a BIM process for structural engineers.

Improving the Construction Value Chain

Job Order Contracting

Improving the Construction Value Chain is possible for any real property with requisite levels of leadership, competency, and organizational support. Despite the hype, technology, i.e. BIM, IWMS, etc., is not the solution.

Will A Skilled Workers Shortage Impede Manufacturing Innovation?

Business Facilities Blog

Workforce investments, not downsizing, are manufacturers' priority as plans for automation increase, according to new L.E.K. Consulting survey. Read: Will A Skilled Workers Shortage Impede Manufacturing Innovation? at

Types of High-Rise Buildings Structural Systems

The Constructor

A multistory building higher than 21m or 21 to 29 floor buildings with unknown height described as high-rise structure. Various structural systems. High rise structures High-rise structural systems Structural Engineering Structures Structural Structural Design

11 Areas of Cyber Insurance You Should Know More About

Construction Business Owner

Twenty years ago, no one had heard of cyber insurance, and a hacker was someone with a cough. As recently as 10 years ago, many people still did not know how exposed they were to clandestine attacks on their data

Business Toolbox: When should contractors say no to new business?

Construction Dive

Construction companies are often reluctant to turn down work, but seasoned contractors and accountants say there are some good reasons to walk away

Bjarke Ingels Group’s new Shenzhen tower includes a folded building envelope


Pleats may be out when it comes to pants, but Bjarke Ingels Group seems to think they look pretty good on skyscrapers


LEAN OpenJOC(TM) Job Order Contracting for Sustainable Facilities Repair, Renovation, and Minor New Construction

Job Order Contracting

LEAN OpenJOC(TM) Job Order Contracting has a number of distinct advantages for repetitive repair, renovation, minor new construction and maintenance projects.

Palmer Manufacturing To Invest $16M In Kansas

Business Facilities Blog

The steel and fiberglass tank manufacturer will increase its workforce to 201 people at its Garden City, KS facility. Read: Palmer Manufacturing To Invest $16M In Kansas at

Deterioration of Concrete by Cation-Exchange Reactions

The Constructor

Concrete exposed to aggressive chemical solutions will result in some deleterious reactions which is carried out by cation-exchange. The reaction. Concrete

Principles and principals: Linking values, leadership and effective marketing

Construction Marketing Ideas

Almost inevitably, when you look at a business or AEC practice’s marketing success, you can see almost into the eyes of the organization’s principals — the shareholders/partners and key stakeholders who lead the enterprise.

Industry could be overspending $177B per year, study finds

Construction Dive

Lack of effective communication and low adoption of available tech tools have managers wasting up to 14 hours weekly finding documents, doing revisions and resolving conflicts, according to a PlanGrid/FMI Corp. report

Virginia Contractor Plants New Seeds

ENR Construction

MidAtlantic Contractor of the Year W.M. Jordan Co. announces leadership changes in its 60th year


Job Order Contracting

LEAN Job Order Contracting, JOC, is a proven efficient, transparent, best value construction procurement and delivery method. It assures consistent delivery of on-demand, on-time, on-budget, quality repair, renovation, and minor new construction projects.

The World Is Coming To Tennessee

Business Facilities Blog

Tennessee’s red-hot financial sector, which has added more than 24,000 jobs in this decade, continues to attract foreign direct investment from global asset management leaders. Read: The World Is Coming To Tennessee at