Integrated components simplify the building process.
Despite the claims of ultra-caffeinated hipsters, brain scientists say multitasking is a myth—humans can really only do one thing at a time. So-called multitasking is just rapid switching between individual actions, none of which receives adequate attention.In the construction industry, though, a...
Take a proactive approach to understanding contractual obligations.
Even when everything seems to be in place, it is hard to anticipate problems that may arise with contracts in the construction industry. This problem is amplified when it comes to contracts’ laguage regarding change-order management. Rob Dolacki, construction manager of Stevens Engineering &...
A claim scenario based on actual experience demonstrates how costly a professional liability claim can be.
It was 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday, and Stan Appleman, a Southeast-based general contractor, sat in his office sorting through papers. He typically used this time for his weekly ritual to reflect on his business, a practice started after the financial crisis almost bankrupt his 25-year-old construction...
Map your processes to 
maximize productivity.
Project managers and superintendents often find comfort in operations management, the portion of the project life cycle dictated by process and procedure. However, attempts at defining elements of operations management at the project level often yield nebulous collections of tasks with poorly...
Understand how these machines perform to make the right choice.
With the legislative and economic uncertainties influencing the construction industry, it’s no secret that construction business owners have struggled to keep their companies profitable. Versatility and job diversification have become the goal of many contractors.According to Jamie Wright, product...
Examine your ongoing job needs to determine whether to rent or buy equipment.
There is a time to buy and a time to rent. Despite signs of improvement in the economy, some contractors are still hesitant to make a capital investment in equipment. Others are satisfied only with the flexibility and control that ownership affords.    Plotting the risk and...
With used equipment sales in demand, the Internet offers opportunities for contractors.
If you buy or sell equipment, you’ve likely noticed a resurgence in the used-equipment market. Those who attend auctions can attest to the waning availability of equipment—supply is low and demand is high—for just about every piece of machinery large fleet owners and contractors need. Economic...
Ask these 10 questions to arrive at the best decision.
You’ve been awarded a project and have determined that you need to acquire new equipment to get the job done. You have several options to consider: Do you want to purchase that piece of equipment, and if so, should you buy it new, or would a used machine get the job done? You’ve heard there is a...
Know the right questions to ask when you finance equipment.
Some signs of industry performance are encouraging. The American Institute of Architects’ recent “Consensus Construction Forecast,” for instance, shows increased spending in November 2012 for most commercial sectors and forecasts growth potential for nonresidential construction in 2013 and into...
Learn how to hit your target every time.
To achieve construction project goals, your field crew and team leaders must know what you want them to accomplish. Implementing a winning strategy starts with a scoreboard showing the targets you want them to hit. You must update it regularly and communicate results to every team member on an...