Construction Business Owner, October 2014
Plan for every phase of fleet management with a well-defined strategy
Heavy equipment often carries a hefty price tag, so it is important for organizations to select the best equipment for their needs, properly care for the machinery and understand how to sell with ease. By developing an easy-to-follow fleet management strategy that focuses on equipment procurement,...
5 steps to help you evaluate and select the best type of loader for your operation
Not too long ago, loader options started at shovel and ended at a very large loader, with little in between. Today, a vast selection of innovative skid-steer, all-wheel steer, mini track and compact track loaders can add efficiency and versatility to construction projects. Whether you’re planning a...
Face to face with funding challenges
For contractors, financing is a key step to securing the equipment needed to keep their businesses running. As we finally begin moving past the recession, many companies are starting to see business growth in certain areas of the country, increasing workloads and the need to purchase additional...
What you don't know about new health care insurance laws could cost you
It’s time for employers to begin the process of implementing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which apply to them. Large employers that average 100 or more full-time equivalent employees during 2014 (50 or more during 2015) are required to begin offering health insurance to their...
Who is ultimately responsible for the consequences?
Design and construction services on projects are more integrated now than ever before. As construction and design firms are using BIM software and other resources to improve construction efficiency, that integration is only going to increase. Owners, contractors and designers must understand their...
Engaging in daily safety practices can help employees feel more involved in the entire job process
Safe work practices ensure that all employees have a common level of knowledge and are able to perform tasks in the same way. For a contractor, ensuring safety at a worksite is the most crucial aspect of getting a job done. When everyone follows safe practices, not only will crews experience fewer...
Consider these 5 criteria when buying a GPS tracking solution
Making the wrong decision is an expensive, stressful and binding mistake that should be avoided always. During the buying process, there are five key criteria to keep in mind: highest ROI, customer service quality, reporting capabilities, customizations and integration capabilities. By measuring...
How developing a comprehensive management structure strengthened and advanced the Pentagon Renovation Program
When I became its program manager in the fall of 1997, The Pentagon Renovation Program, still early in its development, was already significantly over budget, far behind schedule and producing an unsatisfactory product. The task from my boss, Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. John Hamre, was simple:...
Defining the "black list" trade contractors and why black means gray
For general contractors all over North America, there exists a proverbial black list of trade partners that do nothing but disappoint and wreak havoc on their world. Just as there are great subcontractors and many strong general contractors and construction managers, on the other end of the...
Proper planning and scheduling can help mitigate delays and keep a project on track
Keeping projects and programs on schedule has always been a challenge for both owners and contractors. Delays are very costly and should be avoided if at all possible. Timely performance is commonly impacted by numerous factors, such as abnormal weather, funding, regulatory changes, public...
By improving your level of commitment, both sides of the partnership can benefit
The ultimate goal for a contractor is to develop a base of customers who will get proposals and bids only from your company, won’t shop your price, will award you negotiated contracts, and will give you work based on your trusted relationship with them. These are loyal clients who trust you and...
Coming to terms with technology can foster a new era of success
It’s in our nature to resist change. The smallest changes can often meet with vehement opposition. Even if the change is ultimately accepted, humans will sometimes take their time adapting. Effective project management, however, does not always have the luxury of time. In my work, I run across...