April 2016
How soft skills influence people and affect your project
According to a recent report published by project management researchers at Brandeis University, technical skills alone do not determine a project manager's success. In fact, some of the most common reasons for project failure include a lack of clear expectations, poor leadership and misalignment...
Understand requirements & options to protect your company from risk
The work that contractors perform carries with it inherent risks that, if unaccounted for, have the potential to result in significant financial and physical harm to both the contractor and the party for whom the contractor is working. Therefore, many regulatory agencies require that contractors...
Linking mental health & suicide prevention with a culture of safety
Over the past decade, the construction industry has made strong strides in improving safety management. Safety is now broadly defined as a core value throughout the industry. There is an increasing focus on changing safety culture, attaining zero incidents and monitoring key safety performance...
Know the benefits & pitfalls of each in-cab control technology
The popular pilot controls commonly offered in hydraulic excavators have not historically been offered on backhoe loaders. However, as technology continues to play a greater role in our day-to-day lives, equipment manufacturers are identifying and catering to new trends. One such trend is the...
3 steps to make the most of your reach when buying or selling equipment
Online marketplaces are changing the way fleet operators and asset managers do business globally. Used heavy equipment auctions, both online and on-site, are much more than just equipment disposition or purchase. Rather, the right mix of online marketplaces and asset management tools are making...
Tips for handling the history that may lie beneath your project
The recent discovery of long-buried crypts during a routine water main replacement project in New York City's Washington Square Park should serve as a reminder to developers and contractors that a review of archaeological records should be an important part of their due diligence prior to beginning...
7 to-do list items to prevent & minimize risk & loss on a project
Any experienced contractor knows that even carefully planned projects can result in devastating losses and unanticipated budget overruns due to a number of factors. That's often when legal disputes often arise. If litigation ensues, the success of your claim or position will depend largely upon key...
Enhance productivity & create a safer environment for everyone on the jobsite
One common thread on any jobsite is an emphasis on crew safety, no matter the crew size, scope of work or site environment. Many companies strive to foster a safety culture with a zero-accident policy, since even a minor incident could cause a long-term injury and a significant expense. With more...
How equipment financing plays an essential part in creating a smart approach to procurement
The outlook is bright for nonresidential construction in 2016, with a number of economic and regulatory factors contributing to a favorable market environment. After years of spending cuts and budget uncertainty, state and local governments appear to be on more secure financial footing and poised...
Ask the Experts: Jobsite Safety
Rob Sweeney Rob Sweeney Founder...
How to correct the ineffectiveness of this company mainstay
Some have a beautiful, linear fluidity, as if prepared by a genealogist. Others look more like a complicated offensive play, drafted on a chalkboard by some diabolical coach. Organizational charts are one of the most mismanaged items in construction firms. How can a piece of paper create so much...
Learn how to defend against social engineering attacks
Recently, a firm owner said, “We aren’t a target for cybercriminals. We don’t have medical records or credit card numbers. We use a cloud solution for human resources, so we don’t even have our employees’ social security numbers on-site.” When I asked about his pricing structure, proposals,...
What's old can become new again
Any construction manager or planner will tell you that when all is said and done, the most important question is always the same: How much will this cost? The planning and design that goes into a typical large construction project can be mind boggling. Blueprints, computer projections and manpower...
Learn what mobile applications best fit your company’s needs
Over the past decade, mobile apps have become prevalent in construction. It’s important that construction businesses have a mobile strategy that provides a solid return on investment. Doing so requires making sense of the multitude of mobile apps—what processes can leverage mobile applications,...
6 advantages of renting compact equipment in any economic condition
Not long ago, the United States economy experienced a severe recession that not only devastated the housing market in many areas, but also heavily impacted construction business owners and their equipment fleets. Because purchasing a compact track loader, skid-steer loader or compact excavator...
How to determine the best direction for purchasing used equipment
When it’s time to grow your fleet of access equipment, it doesn’t always make sense to purchase new equipment. The used equipment market is a viable alternative to buying new, giving companies the opportunity to minimize investments and stretch budget dollars further. It also provides buyers with...
Work to increase value now to set up ownership for a strong finish
Every business owner will exit their company someday. Most owners don’t like to think about ending, closing or selling their business until they see their work life coming to a close. And by then, it’s generally too late to make the necessary changes to create a valuable company that is strong...