October 2017
Explore a new solution to prepping jobsites & roadways for winter weather
The process of fighting winter’s wrath has changed considerably over the years. Though the basic goal remains of removing snow after it has fallen and ice after it has formed, it is how this is accomplished that has become much more sophisticated. Consider the application of liquid brine. What...
3 takeaways to help guide rental decisions in your sector
The latest quarterly update to the 5-year forecast for equipment rental industry revenues released by the American Rental Association (ARA) continues to call for steady gains through 2021. How does the late July outlook—a quarterly update of the ARA Rental Market Monitor by IHS Markit, the business...
How S.T. Wooten Corporation redefined equipment management to improve fleet issues
For any heavy construction company, it is the synergy between people, processes and equipment that determine whether it will flourish or fade. Clearly, equipment maintenance and uptime are what determines that synergy. Consequently, lowering the major costs of equipment maintenance, while...
How one model cut costs & schedules for Hale Centre Theatre project owners
With augmented and virtual reality, drones and a host of other tech solutions becoming synonymous with the modern construction landscape, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with options. 3-D printing has been a buzzword in the industry for a while now, but a new use for the technology is taking the...
Reduce errors using real-time equipment data for scheduling repairs
Construction equipment fleets require diligent preventive maintenance to keep them in top condition, comply with warranty contracts, lengthen lifespan and increase resale value. Fleet managers have used various time-consuming methods throughout the years to keep track of utilization, from...
Ensure decisions are focused toward an outcome that matters
Making decisions is always difficult. It’s hard enough when the decision needs to be made by a group of like-minded peers; but the hardest types of decisions to make are those in which there are multiple generations involved in the process. So, what do you do? Bringing out the best in the...
We asked industry experts about risk in the construction industry.
Glenn Trout President...
How to protect & enhance your brand with telematics
Building a positive brand image is a crucial aspect of marketing for all businesses. It’s how customers recognize and remember your brand. As a mobile business, vehicles act as driving billboards. If drivers are reckless on the road or use company vehicles where and when they shouldn’t be used,...
How market growth is bringing a new set of challenges to the industry
While growth in the construction segment is a good sign, it comes with a new set of challenges that the industry needs to address. Managing costs and maintaining margins are increasingly more difficult to handle, especially with labor shortages, despite opportunities to grow revenue. The...
Tips for prioritizing the needs of your company’s top talent
Simply put, an employee’s direct manager or supervisor has the greatest impact on an individual’s engagement in the workplace. While organizational culture, competitive pay practices, inspiring mission statements and top leadership all have an influence, it is the daily interaction and the...
How to correct mistakes that make a bad impression
One of the most frustrating parts of being a contract surety bond underwriter is having to decline bonding capacity to a contractor that appears to possess the prerequisite experience, expertise, character and financial stability to accomplish his/her project. The review or prequalification process...
4 qualities of strong leaders & how you can best supervise them
Managing people does not come naturally to most construction business owners. Often, project managers, estimators, general superintendents, superintendents, foremen and engineers are not born managers either. Entrepreneurs who start or own companies are typically effective, visionary leaders who...
Know your equipment limitations
Lifting freely suspended objects with crawler and wheel excavators demands preparation, special care and proper operator training. If correct lifting practices are not routinely followed, it may cause project delays, create machine instability and put additional stress on the machine, potentially...
Noticing more than the negative
A superintendent was once asked about his projects with the aim of learning whether communication was flourishing in his firm. The superintendent was asked, “How do you know if you are not performing well on a project?” The superintendent answered, “Woo wee! My boss has a big SUV and he rolls...