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Is it Time To Scale Your Construction Business?

Scalability is more important than ever because technology is changing the playing field quicker and more completely than any change agent that’s come before.

Now, your customers can know more about construction and more about you then they’ve ever been able to know.…

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Australia

Mega Projects 2020

When it comes to exciting new projects, New South Wales is definitely the State to keep an eye on in 2020. Let’s take a look at a few up and coming developments getting ready to kick off this year.

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Australia

How to Move from Residential to Commercial Construction

With the slowdown in residential construction, many firms might be looking to expand across into commercial projects. Here’s how to make it work.

New codes, new supply chains, new staging, new products and highly competitive tendering are just some of the challenges a residential builder faces when they move into commercial construction.

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Business

Moving Living Spaces are Changing How We Build

Homeowner trends and tastes change, and highly customized living spaces is a frequent demand of many buyers today. This presents a challenge for developers, who must cater to those very specific demands while also creating homes whose layouts will appeal to a diverse range of homebuyers in the coming years and decades, when current trends end and new ones begin.…

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Tech

The Rising Tide of Software Integration

In the Dark Ages, when software came in a box and was sold at big stores, programmers were in direct – and devilish – competition. Some software even deleted competing software or made things run more slowly if competitors were near.…

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Business

Working on Live Construction Sites And What It Can Teach You

Two minutes browsing on Google and chances are you’ll find thousands of residential contractors across Canada, willing and able to renovate your home.

It might be relatively easy (or not) to vacate your property for a few weeks or months while your general contractor nips n’ tucks at every wall, floor, and ceiling in your house.

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Canada

5 Construction Tech Trends Making an Impact in 2020

Construction’s sluggish start to widespread tech adoption has given way to surging growth, with the construction technology market projected to reach more than $2.7 billion by 2023. This sudden spike in demand can be contributed to companies clamoring to adopt technology like cloud-based construction management, project management software, and other systems designed to help manage and make better use of their data.

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Australia

Australian Construction Forecast for 2020

Despite a recent slow down in major residential construction, the latest Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) market forecasts show there is still cause for optimism in 2020.

Engineering and Infrastructure Booming

ACIF currently has 6,848 active projects in its Major Projects Database, with a combined value of $1,072 billion.

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Canada

How Smart Systems are Shaping the Future of Building Design

If you’re a gardener, you know that every plant has its optimal growing conditions. A set of variables that maximize the plants’ potential for growth. As amateur gardeners, we try to achieve these growing conditions as much as we can, but it takes a high-tech solution to maintain them over time in order to constantly achieve high yields.

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Australia

Getting on Top of Fraud in the Construction Industry

Falsifying payment applications, covering up the purchase of personal items, diverting money to a phantom company, taking material from the work site for personal use, or using lower-grade material are just some issues plaguing the construction industry when it comes to fraud.…

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Australia

Why We Need Great Mentors – And How To Be One

For the construction industry to continue to thrive, evolve and grow, encouraging and inspiring the next generation of construction professionals requires more than just excellent leaders. It requires great mentors.

Mentors are those that share their knowledge and experience and encourage a mentee to grow professionally and personally.…

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Canada

Real Time Location Sensors Gives Managers the Whole Picture

Construction projects have a lot of moving parts. Everything from materials being hauled around, to the trucks doing the hauling, to the workers driving the trucks are frequently in motion. Multiply that by the number of active jobsites, and the sheer volume of assets needing to be kept track of soars to dizzying heights.…

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Australia

Preparing Homes for Bushfire Risk

There is more to constructing buildings able to withstand the impacts of bushfire than just adding extra features at the finishing stage. Thinking about fire risk needs to happen at the earliest planning stages, according to Chris Wyborn, the general manager of Education and Bushfire Services at Fire Protection Association of Australia.…

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Business

Staff Up By Retraining Existing Workforce

When the Associated General Contractors of America surveyed contractors about their labor woes, 80 percent admitted to having trouble finding hourly craftworkers across 20 specific crafts, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist for AGC speaking at ConstructConnect’s annual construction economics webinar.…

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Business

Get on the Fast Track to Better Quality Control

Poor quality control is killing contractor bottom lines. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Use these tactics to get the quality both you and the client want.

Build Quality Into the Design

You have a lot of influence over design decisions that affect quality when you work on a design-build or other collaborative delivery project.…

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Australia

How to Speak Safety in a Diverse Industry

Some of the most vulnerable workers on any construction site are those from culturally diverse backgrounds, according to SafeWork NSW.

Both new migrant workers and those whose first language is not English are reportedly concentrated in high-risk work environments including construction.

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Australia

Drones to Deliver Safer Worksites

When it comes to safety, using technology is worth the investment. And with drones, they can save lives on the construction site.

The increased use of drones, along with advances in technology, can provide a contractor with diverse capabilities that can improve safety on the job site.

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Business

Top Four Things Your Client Needs to Understand

If only smooth and easy client communications was a project tool you could pull out and use at a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, that’s hardly the case. For contractors serving owners, there is often a breakdown in communication that leads to disputes and bad feelings.…

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Australia

Can Age be a Factor in Job Site Safety?

We all know that Australia’s construction industry is a victim of the ageing population. With people remaining in the workforce longer, we ponder what this may mean for the construction worker and workplace safety.

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Australia

Top Tips for Successful Tendering

With hundreds of new tenders released each week, more and more businesses are considering whether to jump onboard with the bidding process.

A quick look at TenderLink, one of Australia’s leading procurement websites, and you can see there is close to 1,000 tender opportunities currently open in the construction industry alone, with hundreds more in other categories such as engineering, landscaping, government, water and sewage plus pipe supply, just to name a few.…

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