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Technology Trends in 2017 that Will Transform the Way You Work

Will your company’s productivity out work the labor shortage? Are legacy systems finally on their last gasp? Will AEC move fully into the cloud? Those are some of the questions that may be answered when new technologies and trends enter the mainstream in 2017. 

One thing is certain, as we move towards these trends, our industry will be one step closer to turning the construction trailer and the jobsite into a more automated and smooth factory floor.…

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The Latest: Pipeline Foes Ride Out Storm in Shelters, Casino

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

Some opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline who have been protesting for months in a rural camp in southern North Dakota rode out an overnight blizzard at shelters in two local towns and at a tribal casino.…

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Nonresidential Construction Inches Higher in December

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.8 per cent in December, totaling $720.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis. This means the pace of nonresidential spending has been increasing for the last five months.…

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Are Millennials onto Something?

I went into Home Depot the other day to get a few things. A live wire hanging from the ceiling had fallen near my home office desk, and was now resting in a position dangerously close to where my head would be while working.…

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CFMA Live – Q&A: WIP Best Practices for Construction Financial Managers

Jobsite recently sat down with Brian Cooney, former Executive VP of Finance and Administration of Barriere Construction at the recent Construction Financial Management Association’s (CFMA) conference in Miami. Cooney, shared his insights about best practices for the WIP process, KPIs, and strategies for using project data to drive profits. 

Jobsite: Let’s start with the basics.

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Forced Labor Case Raises New Doubts on ‘Gilded Cage’ Jailing

NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Zhong's two-story home in Livingston, New Jersey, is unremarkable by suburban standards, but the businessman's lawyers have told a judge he is willing to pay $144,000 per month to turn the place into a private jail where he can comfortably await trial on charges he exploited immigrant Chinese laborers.…

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California Big Tunnels Win Early Approval. Questions Remain

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials Monday for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California's north-south water system, advancing his plan to build two giant tunnels to carry Northern California water to the south even though much about the project remains undetermined.…

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City Razing Partially Collapsed Building; Woman Hospitalized

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who was trapped for more than nine hours when her dilapidated apartment building partially collapsed is recovering after surgery.

Matthew Angelone says his 38-year-old sister, Megan Angelone, had surgery at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh after crews pulled her from the building that collapsed early Wednesday in Washington, Pennsylvania.…

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Super Bowl Ad Winners: Bud Light, Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — This year some of the Super Bowl ads that grabbed the greatest buzz were surprises, like Bud Light's "Game of Thrones" teaser. Other crowd-pleasers focused on humor, like Amazon's take on celebrity product testers.…

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Stocks dip as Investors Fear a Weakening Global Economy

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks across the world are down Tuesday as investors again grow concerned about signs the global economy is weakening. The International Monetary Fund trimmed its economic forecasts for 2019 and 2020 and pointed to risks including trade tensions and rising interest rates.…

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Microsoft Pledges $500M to Tackle Seattle Housing Crisis

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area.

As the tech industry Microsoft brought to the region has boomed with the expansion of Amazon and other companies, the cost of housing has soared.…

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We’re techy, too! Deere, Tide maker head to CES gadget show

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The companies founded by blacksmith John Deere and candle-and-soap-making duo Procter & Gamble may not be the hip purveyors of new technology they were in 1837.

But they're first-time exhibitors at this year's CES gadget show, along with other unlikely newcomers such as missile-maker Raytheon, outdoorsy retailer The North Face and the 115-year-old motorcycling icon Harley-Davidson.…

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White House says Tax Refunds will go out on Time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):

5 p.m.

A Trump administration official says income tax refunds for 2018 will go out on time during the partial government shutdown because rules will be changed to make funding available to pay them.…

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Expect 2019 to be Quiet in Congress for Small Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming 116th Congress, advocates for companies have low expectations.

Even after lawmakers deal with the partial government shutdown, a Democratic House, a Republican Senate and ongoing investigations of the Trump White House and campaign are expected to be obstacles to much small business-related work getting done.…

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Pipeline Company to Pay $122K for Environmental Violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A company building a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia has agreed to pay $122,350 for environmental violations.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail cited a consent order made public Monday in reporting that Columbia Gas Transmission agreed to pay the amount to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for 16 violations while building the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline.…

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Apple’s Stock Sours, Microsoft’s Soars. Say what?!

Wall Street investors are enamored with a newly emergent tech company.

It has nothing to do with posting selfies or finding a soul mate. The company is instead making billions of dollars selling cloud-computing and other technical services to offices around the world.…

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Virtual Groundbreak 2018

This year, Groundbreak returns to the Austin Convention Center on November 13-15.  Groundbreak is sold out but you don't have to miss out on the top keynotes and sessions. You can click here to signup for virtual Groundbreak where you can catch the livestream and watch key sessions from your home or office.…

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As Midterms Near, Trump Gambles on his Hardline Trade Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers worry about falling crop prices and lost sales overseas. Manufacturers fear rising costs and new foreign taxes on their exports. American allies overseas are furious.

By any conventional gauge, President Donald Trump's uncompromising stance toward tariffs and the pain they've begun to cause U.S.…

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The Latest: Unclear How Many are Missing in Bridge Collapse

GENOA, Italy (AP) — The Latest developments following the deadly collapse of a highway bridge in Italy (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says the search is continuing for people under the rubble of the collapsed bridge in Genoa, but he has declined to say how many people are feared missing.…

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Trump’s China Trade War Pulls Consumer Tech into Crossfire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The prices of headphones, speakers, high-tech lighting and internet service could all go up if the U.S. trade war with China continues.

The Trump administration's hit list of Chinese products facing import taxes includes key components used in gadgets that can be wirelessly operated through a smartphone or another device.…

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Lawmakers Warn Trump Tariffs Threaten Local Newspapers

WASHINGTON (AP) — About a dozen members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of reducing news coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if the United States maintains recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint.…

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Rework

It’s no news to you that outdated drawings and specs can wreak havoc on your bottom line––mainly due to rework. But, did you know the problem starts long before construction even kicks off as many pre-bid documents are outdated before they are even placed into the bid packages?…

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Canada to Buy Major Pipeline to Ensure it Gets Built

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's federal government said Tuesday it is buying a controversial pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast to ensure it gets built.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government plans to spend $4.5 billion Canadian (US$3.4 billion) to purchase Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline.…

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