February 2016
Technology & collaboration with subs can bring your business new expertise
One of the consequences of the "do more with less" emphasis in construction is that everyone who participates in designing and building a project plays a more important role—subcontractors included. Building owners seek to satisfy customer demand for eco-friendly, ergonomic environments, all while...
Technical college & training company partner to alleviate labor strain facing Georgia contractors
CIS staff demonstrates how to turn a load, presenting concepts of load center of gravity and proper rigging techniques. West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) recently partnered with Crane Industry Services LLC (CIS) to offer crane operator and rigging training and certification through its...
5 ways your jobsites can benefit from a GPS tracking system
Employee safety on the jobsite is a crucial responsibility for fleet management. Construction businesses across the country are making it mandatory for their fleets to implement a GPS tracking system to enhance current safety procedures, create new safety procedures and meet regulations overall....
How will the new electronic logging device (ELD) mandate affect construction fleet owners?
RYAN DRISCOLL Marketing Director GPS Insight The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) published the final rule in December 2015, mandating fleets to install ELD in all vehicles that are currently required to keep record of duty status (RODS.) The mandate eliminates the...
Economic signs point toward a healthy, growing construction equipment rental industry
When the equipment rental industry converges on Atlanta this month for The Rental Show 2016, the mood will be celebratory and optimistic. Not only will the industry mark the 60th anniversary of the American Rental Association (ARA) at the annual trade show, but recent economic indicators also point...
Identifying what each part of the provision means and the risk assumed
In the typical construction contract, the least understood provisions are often those that require the contractor to indemnify the owner for losses or damages arising under the contract. Indemnity provisions are a powerful risk-shifting tool that often go overlooked during contract negotiations....
Select the correct trailer capacity to improve your bottom line
Selecting a trailer is more than comparing the price tag. There are several implications that need careful consideration before signing a check. The most important of these is safety. Safety has a tremendous impact on a trailer's return on investment because of unconsidered costs that can arise if...
Embrace change and leverage new workflows to drive your company's long-term focus
Walk into any contractor's office in the United States and you can see immediately that it is definitely not your father's construction business. On a recent trip to see a customer in Florida, the lobby had total stations, laser scanners, 3-D printers, drones and a hodgepodge of other "toys"...
How construction business owners can manage cash flow year-round
In many parts of the country, a number of construction businesses experience seasonal lows during the winter months. Destructive weather conditions, such as ice and snow, can strain business functions and hinder the progress of most construction projects. An extended harsh winter or a natural...
With the exception of health insurance, it's a good time to be a buyer
Like many businesses, the insurance industry is cyclical in nature. The insurance cycle is important to business owners because it directly impacts insurance premiums. As for insurance pricing today, Table 1 provides a historical picture of insurance industry rates calculated by MarketScout, with...
Explore the value that cloud-based options can bring to your business
Construction business owners and project managers alike know how tough it can be to manage a project, but some are reluctant to change processes to find an easier solution to management. Read below to explore the possibilities of productivity by using project management (PM) software. Scenario...
Technology report studies the software use of over 2,000 construction professionals
Which software solutions are builders depending on throughout the construction process? How do they stack up against the software you use daily? A 
recent construction technology survey conducted by JBKnowledge provides insight into the technology solutions of over 2,000 construction professionals...
3 categories of business pollutants & solutions to save your company
What would you do if a pollutant in your firm was killing $5,000 of profit? What would you do if every employee created that much pollution each year? Ineffective communication in your organization causes smog that prevents clear communication and kills profits. Low-level communication smog causes...
How to make this mindset work in your firm
It appears to be all the rage—we live in a world where everyone wins, as long as everyone is 10 or younger. Arguments abound regarding the pros and cons of celebrating a world of winners. On one hand, it helps create an environment of positive reinforcement and grows young minds to think more about...
106-year-old Sunset Coffee Building gets an industrial rehabilitation
In Houston, Texas, a city known for its teardown mentality, the long-vacant Sunset Coffee Building situated on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou would have typically met the wrecking ball long ago. Despite its location in a 100-year-old flood plain, where new construction is usually out of the...
6 advancements that increase productivity & profitability
Confined or tight work spaces are not a new challenge in the construction industry, and neither is finding qualified employees to perform the work. The good news is that today's excavators are much more sophisticated and attractive to employees, which can help you hire new workers and retain...
Robotic construction automation technology transforms the industry by enhancing safer operating environments
The construction industry historically represents a large chunk of the United States gross domestic product (GDP), and companies have started investing in construction automation and robotic technology to gain an advantage over the competition. This is welcome news, given that the construction...
Draft a successful, long-term blueprint for the future of your company
When you started your company, you probably had a dream of where you wanted the business to go and what the business would become over the next few years. Nothing is different today. Owners still have a vision of what they want the business to become. But most owners have stopped pursuing their...
Discover new methods for gaining the most value from your heavy equipment
Now that fleet managers have robust technology at their fingertips, the discussion around fleet disposals has shifted from selling the way it has always been done, to managing fleets over time to maximize equipment value. Regularly Value Your Fleet Regular estimates of your fleet's market...