May 2019
How to cut your losses & free the cultural misfits
Filling positions with the right people is a constant struggle. The wrong people disrupt and impede productive workflows, cause problems, complain, make excuses, disrespect others, repeat mistakes, resist personal growth, don’t follow rules, and can’t communicate well with employees or customers....
What lean contractor Southland Industries' Superintendent Henry Nutt III & the most recent SmartMarket Brief reveal about construction safety
With the ever-increasing focus on safety in the construction industry, it is important to consider safety from a broad perspective—including everything from specific practices adopted on-site to companywide process and cultural changes that impact the way projects are approached. A recent set of...
The sometimes-artificial comfort of artificial intelligence
Advancements in technology and the ongoing evolution of equipment are among the most widely discussed trends in the construction industry today. Topics like telematics, hybrid-powered equipment, electric power and autonomous operation usually get all of the attention and glory, but the safe...
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...
How to save your wallet & reputation from the damaging effects of failing to deliver the work you promised
Many states and cities require licensed construction contractors to procure a surety bond to help protect their customers against less-than-professional work. A surety bond works as a type of insurance by protecting the customer from the financial burden of bad business practices. When a customer...
4 moves toward a project-planning method that does more than check boxes
Most organizations are busy. Even in the deepest recessionary market, rarely are construction firms sitting idle. Often, the feeling of elation on a successful bid/award day is quickly replaced with anxiety about how the project will be completed within budget. Whether the time from award to...
New trailer designs, DEF & customizable features are increasing uptime for contractors
In recent years, the increase in sophistication of bulk fuel transportation solutions has played an important role in the bottom-line success of construction firms of all sizes across the country. New fuel-trailer designs, the addition of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) management capabilities and a...
3 tips to help you & other company stakeholders ace the transition of your business to new ownership
One of the most difficult processes that a privately held construction company will face in its lifetime is the transition of the business to new ownership. Family, key employees, competitors, financial investors and investment firms all play critical roles in its success. The following tips will...
Empowering employees to take ownership of their collective wellness & safety
Every activity in construction requires both attention to detail and spatial awareness. To maintain a safe working environment, every person on the job has to show up with their A-game. Impairment affects a worker’s ability to do that, whether it’s through diminished ability to function and...
The tech, fluids & maintenance required for achieving better air quality
Without question, the journey to achieve Tier 4 emission requirements in nonroad machines—specifically crawler excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks (ADTs)—wasn’t an easy one. In fact, it presented some significant challenges for equipment manufacturers to incorporate these new...
Our industry experts share their solutions to some of the biggest problems facing construction business owners & their teams.
Ryne DeBoer Vice President The Morey Corporation Wearables on the jobsite have drastically improved worker safety, and the most prominent example I’ve seen is through sensors. Continuous advancements in sensor development have made these devices smaller than ever—something a worker can...
How to operate an excavator on an incline without fear
Working on slopes can be a dangerous activity for excavator operators, as well as the machine itself, which is why it’s important for operators to always take extra care when working on an incline. The following are nine tips to help ensure the safety of your employees and machines on your next...