October 2018
Choosing profits & people over politics
On paper, Brian was a rock star. In person, Brian was a costly mistake. His team recognized his disdain for real work, and they were appalled by his self-serving demands on those under his leadership. Sure, Brian flashed plenty of smiles. He slapped high-fives out on the jobsite and offered up...
Equipment association leaders on what you can do to prepare your business
There’s no question that the Trump administration’s recent tariffs on steel and aluminum have been met with mixed reviews. As the effects of the tariffs begin to trickle down throughout the industry, a group of associations and businesses, called the Americans for Free Trade coalition, have joined...
Using technology as the key accelerator for the future success of your fleet
Construction contractors and materials companies have been some of the slowest industries to adopt business-enhancing technologies. While some larger firms have put in place computer systems to automate processes and improve information flow, many small and midsize companies continue to rely on...
4 ways a mixed-cloud environment can fuel flexibility & growth
The cloud continues to play an increasingly larger role in the construction industry, but many construction business owners aren’t ready to overhaul their systems and go all in on the cloud just yet. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Many are turning to a hybrid-cloud...
How this equipment can bring muscle to your jobsite
In an industry faced with an increasingly high labor shortage, many construction companies are turning to technology and equipment to help fill in the gaps and improve efficiency. For contractors working in congested areas, a mini track loader offers a small frame size with big versatility. The...
Estimating is not about winning work
All the time, effort and energy invested in winning a good construction contract or building a loyal customer relationship, which allows you to negotiate on a project, is wasted with an inaccurate or incomplete estimate. When this happens, firing the estimator will likely do your construction...
4 areas that hold the largest potential for savings & strategic value
In today’s complex, high-stakes construction environment, information about equipment—its cost, whereabouts, utilization and operating condition—can be just as important as the equipment itself when determining project success. Business leaders in the infrastructure space understand the value of...
Using artificial intelligence to maximize data, improve safety & drive productivity
Today, it seems as though everything is under construction. Be it downtown or beyond the county line, a walk outside unencumbered by a sleek looking building or bridge being built is almost a rarity. Although these projects are being built to the specs of the most modern designs and often...
Autonomous equipment is coming in hot & why that could be good for business
Autonomous cars will soon be a regular feature of American highways. The nation’s farmers, suffering from years of agricultural labor shortages, are banking on manufacturers developing robot swarms to make planting and harvesting cheaper and more efficient. Mining companies have already been...
A guide to crafting your expansion strategy
A strong market brings more customers, which often leaves business owners wondering if they should expand. Creating a strategy for entering a new market is a popular and attractive component of many business plans. Expansion is often an excellent growth engine, allowing a firm to grow, obtain and...
Experts discuss AR and other technologies changing the industry.
Keith Boyer Managing Partner KMRD Partners Inc. Pairing two of the most exciting technology-forward trends in construction—augmented reality (AR) and wearables—brings innumerable benefits and some risk. Wearable technology can monitor physical status and environmental conditions, issuing...
3 steps for building an effective drug detection & rehabilitation program
In 2017, the United States Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, and the construction industry certainly isn’t immune. According to a recent national study, an estimated 15 percent of construction workers have a substance abuse disorder—...
Align values & recruiting processes to help your company stand out
To be brutally honest: Prospective employees don’t need you. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts construction jobs will grow 12 percent by 2026, the nation’s unemployment rate continues to hover around 4 percent or less. And you’ve likely heard stories about new employees not showing up...