April 2019
The path to an effective e-discovery process
In the construction industry, legal disputes are not uncommon. In fact, there are thousands of construction-related disputes filed every year. Design and consultancy firm Arcadis’s 2018 Global Construction Disputes Report found that the top causes for disputes in 2017 were the result of:...
AIA Architectural Billings Index, Annual Value Update & more
The Construction Business Owner team compiles statistics each month from several sources, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Census Bureau, to give you a better understanding of the current state of affairs for the construction industry. The statistics...
Advice from successful, unbiased professionals can help your company's growth & hedge against stagnation
Imagine yourself stranded in a jungle, trying to determine how to quickly and safely get back to civilization before you run out of food and water. Without the help of an experienced survival expert, it would be difficult to decide your next steps for surviving and finding your way back to safety...
What value does your company provide that has influenced you to continue working there?
Karly O'Brien Estimator Structure Tone, New York For starters, I work with amazing people. We all constantly feed off one another, and everyone is always willing to help. There’s always someone to learn from, too, no matter what his/her position is in the company. There is a constant focus...
How to land the right equipment under the right contract
Negotiating agreements for professional responsibility and legal requirements is a top priority. And insurance is a major component, as you do not want to be responsible for any damage to machinery during construction. Crane usage limitations and maintenance restrictions are typically based on...
Outsource administrative tasks to save time & be more competitive
In the crowded construction industry, competition for projects can be intense, and even the slightest edge can make all the difference. But with profit margins shrinking (thanks to rising material costs and the lack of skilled workers) it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. While it...
The path to better performance & the competitive advantage
Every minute a piece of equipment sits idle on your jobsite, it’s robbing you of time and money. Excavators, dozers and other machines are the workhorses of construction sites, and they cost—whether they’re working hard or sitting idle. That’s why it is essential to optimize the use of your...
Create a better project environment by engaging teams & stakeholders
Commercial construction has traditionally been challenged by seemingly intractable issues in regard to cost, schedule, quality and safety. If you’ve ever posited that having construction projects run into roadblocks, blow past deadlines, squander resources and come in over budget is just “the cost...
How to fix the recurring problems plaguing your projects
In 2012, Navigant Construction Forum of Navigant Consulting Inc. reviewed 15 studies—homing in on 19 projects discussed in those studies—to quantify the true price of rework in construction. The report defines rework as “activities that have to be done more than once in the field, or activities...
New solutions shouldn’t have to halt productivity to prove their effectiveness
It’s a popular belief that disruption is good for any industry. Innovation breeds competition, which, in turn, provides smart new services, increases consumer choice and drives sector growth. However, while disruptive innovations have influenced changes in some aspects of the industry, there has...
Growth & Development Expert Blake Cavignac on making the most of Generation Y
Millennials. Everyone has an opinion on them, and many of those opinions aren’t favorable. But are millennials just getting an unfairly bad rap? Where are the lines dividing assumption, opinion and fact to be drawn? As you attempt to make a decision, consider the following statistics from an...
Avoid project delays & machine instability with these best practices
Lifting freely suspended objects with compact excavators demands preparation, special care and proper operator training. If correct lifting practices are not routinely followed, it may cause project delays and create machine instability, due to the additional stress being placed on the machine....
What the women from Hard Hatted Woman have to say about inclusivity in the workforce & how you can help
According to a report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 939,000 women are employed in the construction industry, meaning women make up only 9.1% of the construction workforce. And most of those jobs are in a back-office. Only 1.2% of tradespeople in the industry are female...