Construction Business Owner, February 2013
These trucks offer the right mix of muscle and versatility for many contractors.
When you have a frozen half-inch nut, you hit it with a little penetrating oil and grab your trusty half-inch wrench or socket. You don’t use a five-eighths wrench or a seven-sixteenths socket; you use the right tool for the job. The same is true when it comes to work trucks. You should select a...
Evaluating a phone service option: voice over Internet protocol
Construction businesses may save money and improve customer service with voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). VoIP is a technology that allows calls to be placed over the Internet and IP networks by digitizing voice signals and sending them through the same networking channels as your data. While...
Take a close look at your daily operations to best select this equipment.
Tire-related downtime and maintenance represents a significant portion of construction equipment operating costs. In order to reduce these costs, consider all of your needs and ask the right questions when selecting a tire handler. Also, find a manufacturer that will provide not only a great...
Maximize filter performance to minimize construction vehicle maintenance costs.
To maximize fleet efficiency and avoid downtime, many construction businesses have thorough preventive maintenance programs that include equipment management plans and life-cycle analysis. However, one of the most important elements to protect is the heart of heavy-duty vehicles: the engine. To...
Know the facts to make the right insurance decisions for your fleet.
When it comes to commercial auto insurance, there are some common misconceptions that could cost your business time and money. To empower you to make the best insurance decision possible, here are some of the more common myths, along with suggestions of what to consider when buying a policy...
Data is great, but without a plan to leverage it, it will just be noise.
Telematics is becoming a popular buzzword in the construction industry, as companies look to improve fleet management with GPS units that communicate data over wireless networks. Several factors are driving the growth of telematics, including strong anecdotal evidence of the benefits, equipment...
Five steps to implement a GPS-based fleet management solution
To gain control over their fleets, businesses are implementing GPS-based fleet management solutions. These devices collect and transmit data about each vehicle to a web-based interface. From there, business owners and managers can view the data collected, including engine start-up and shut-down,...
Prevent costly mistakes by hammering out the details before breaking ground.
Nearly 30 years after it opened as the State of Illinois Center, the renamed James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago remains a marvel to postmodern architecture fans worldwide. But, the glass-enclosed structure also serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of a poorly negotiated commercial...
Build a loyal network of subs and navigate conflicts.
As a general contractor, one of the first things you learn is that no matter how efficient your inner workings are or how dedicated your people are to a project, a large portion of your success, and ultimately the quality of the work, hinges on the successes of your project partners. From the owner...
Root cause investigations—performed properly—can not only prevent recurrence, they may also reveal subrogation claims.
The scopes of work involved in the construction industry present potential hazards that can result in various types of accidents—employee injuries, subcontractor and supplier injuries, heavy equipment and machinery incidents, property damage and bodily injury to third parties. When an accident...
Satisfied customers are your best vehicle for marketing.
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a six-part series titled “The Project Manager’s MBA,” which analyzes six key components of leading business practice and applies them to the construction industry. One of the greatest misconceptions in the construction world is that project managers and...
Still using time cards? Design them so they earn money for you.
The purpose of construction field crew time cards is to keep track of employee hours so you can pay them properly, right? Not entirely. If you also want to know your job costs, your time card can become an important business tool to help you make more money. You may opt to use software applications...
Try these strategies to boost your marketing efforts.
Many construction companies are good at what they do, yet they have trouble building awareness of their brand. This month, we received this question in our Construction Business Owner LinkedIn group:We are a general contracting/construction company. How can we best market ourselves and get our name...