January 2018
Why 2018 is the year of the connected crew
Data, collaboration and communication. While they may not be new concepts to the construction business owner, they are taking new forms throughout the industry. Watching trends in technology and keeping an eye on the construction industry’s existing challenges, CBO spoke with construction industry...
5 factors that could influence employee engagement & productivity
We have all come across bad apples. There are those employees who show up late and leave early, or those whose attitudes cause conflict with other employees and make it impossible to get anything done. If you have more than a few bad apples on your team, though, there might be something wrong with...
3 methods for improving the complex relationship between the office & the field
The Hatfields and the McCoys. The Earps and the Clanton Gang. The Yankees and the Red Sox. The Republicans and the Democrats. Adversaries make for the greatest plot lines. But what about the office and the field? A group that should be as cohesive as peanut butter and jelly often ends up as...
Decrease the odds of stolen construction equipment
Despite ongoing efforts by construction firms and law enforcement, the number of heavy equipment theft reports in the United States continues to grow. In 2016, more than 11,574 pieces of heavy equipment were reported as stolen through the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC)....
Key insights into U.S. market activity from Dodge Data & Analytics’ 2018 Construction Report
The United States construction industry has entered a mature stage of expansion following half a decade of rapid growth. After rising 11 to 13 percent per year from 2012 through 2015, total construction starts grew by 5 percent in 2016. This subdued pace continued into 2017, with construction...
How to convert your company’s IT from a cost to a revenue generator
The construction industry has historically lagged behind most other major industries in its adoption of technology. Contractors tend to be pragmatic in what they spend money on and what they feel provides value. Compared to a backhoe or service van, a computer server has less of a clear connection...
A clear view of a contractor's day-to-day operations
Jeff Hart Regional Operations Manager Brasfield...
Gain control with a connected workflow
According to a 2017 telematics benchmarking survey of global construction, which examined best practices, trends and current issues influencing organizations in the United States, respondents found that managing costs (46 percent), growing revenue (30 percent) and business expansion (26 percent)...
One company's step toward a better workforce and how it can help your company
One of my longtime clients, Tim Rosengarten, president and CEO of Armcorp Construction Inc. of Celina, Ohio, is dedicated to building a culture of honor, gratitude and respect for his employees, customers, subcontractors and community. He has a passion for doing the right thing and giving back to...
Opening the door to machine learning in your company
Imagine a jobsite tool that only improves with time. Imagine a tool that records each and every change order, every bit of rework and every safety incident. Not only does that tool record it, but it also files it away for future projects. Imagine a tool that learns from the past to improve your...
Understanding changes to existing business systems, processes & internal controls
With the first key effective date of Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606 quickly approaching, the time to understand the impact to your business and what you need to do about it is now. Most contractors earn the majority of their revenues from contracts with customers. Therefore, they will...
AIA Architectural Billings Index, Annual Value Update & more
Each month, the Construction Business Owner team compiles industry statistics from several different 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....
Exploring Schuster Concrete Construction’s use of 3-D modeling & methods for improving efficiency & quality
In the concrete business, once slabs are poured, changes can be costly. For this reason, concrete contractors stand to benefit considerably from implementing a building information modeling (BIM) solution in their companies. One such contractor, Schuster Concrete Construction, is a full-service,...
5 steps in the inspection process to focus on when preparing your team
Whether an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection of your workplace is triggered by a workplace injury, a formal complaint or a programmed, wall-to-wall inspection, being prepared for it will help limit exposure and defend against any citations that may be issued. A basic...
Weighing your options when considering automatic speech recognition software
Anyone in the construction, engineering or architecture industries understands the importance of maintaining top-notch documentation throughout every step of a construction project. These industries are rife with potential for litigation, and airtight records are often your first—and sometimes only...