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Safe Work Australia’s Guide to Preventing Jobsite Accidents

There are a number of direct and indirect costs borne to both the employer and the employee as a result of accidents in the construction industry. Compensation payouts, loss of productivity, long-term pain on the part of the worker, and legal conundrums are just a few examples of the detrimental effects of accidents on Australian jobsites.…

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Canada

Technology: The Third Era of Construction

Do more with less. It’s a common mantra in almost every industry. On the surface, one might think it implies more work and longer hours for employees. Perhaps a more apropos (and palatable) adage for busy employees is, “work smarter, not harder.” Athena Chiera, VP Business Development, Athena Engineering, and Mike Winters, EVP & CIO, Modern Niagra, believe we can achieve this through technology. 

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Australia

BIM? BAM! But Always Start with the Model

There’s an old joke. “What gives us the ability to look through walls?” (audience rustles uncomfortably, throats clear). “Windows.”

Yes, it’s one of those old-school comic throwaways more likely to produce a nod of assent than genuine laughter.

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Canada

BIM? BAM! But Start with the Model.

There’s an old joke. “What gives us the ability to look through walls?” (audience rustles uncomfortably, throats clear). “Windows.”

Yes, it’s one of those old-school comic throwaways more likely to produce a nod of assent than genuine laughter.

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Business

Integration and Automation for the Future

Two sessions at Groundbreak 2019 highlight the future of our industry—and it is all about integration. 

Mark Fly of ConstructConnect presented his top five bid management practices that construction companies need to modify or abandon completely.

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Canada

Largest Construction Companies in Canada

Construction activity continues to fuel housing demands and needs for highly-modernized civic and commercial spaces. Construction companies in Canada have hit fresh heights in response, making success in this highly competitive space as elusive as ever. 

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Canada

The Best Advice Ever Given by a Superintendent

If you are new to supervising construction, and you really want to get an idea of what’s required to excel at construction management, you should talk to a superintendent. They occupy a unique place in the construction hierarchy because they are the ones who blend project management with project execution.…

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Canada

Cementing a Cure for a Healthier Planet

Concrete is everywhere—and it will outlive people on the planet. But while many people might connote concrete with a stale, ubiquitous material, it turns out that making the common building item involves massive carbon emissions.…

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Australia

Ancient Profession Moves into the Future

When Jobsite covered the story back in March of a breakthrough construction technology – a bricklaying robot called Hadrian X – it was still in the development stage. Fast forward eight months: the world’s only fully-automated, bricklaying solution is now on the cusp of becoming commercially available, according to its developer Fastbrick Robotics Limited,(ASX:FBR).…

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Business

Communication Failures on the Jobsite

When the jobsite feels chaotic and disorganized, you can probably pin the blame on this likely culprit––miscommunication.

Failure to communicate can ultimately lead to serious jobsite accidents, project rework, and employee problems.…

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Australia

Could BIM Be the Key To Better Project Outcomes?

Building Information Modelling and digitised documentation could hold the key to delivering better outcomes not only for project teams but also the end customers—the asset owners, facilities managers and occupants, according to digital engineering experts.…

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Australia

Six Steps to Having Positive Outcomes with Angry Customers

Construction has many opportunities to make customers angry. Changes, budget issues, and on-time issues rank as the top three, but there are plenty of other reasons clients get upset. The best way to deal with angry or unhappy customers is not to have situations that cause them in the first place.…

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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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Australia

Making the Built Environment Come Alive

Beyond the augmented reality of the Pokemon Go craze, where animated creatures were superimposed on the real world using a camera, and beyond virtual reality roller coasters and shark swims, where users wear a headset, these two technologies are finding practical and cost-effective applications in the business world.…

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Australia

How AI Will Supercharge the Construction Industry

The global market for Artificial Intelligence in Construction is expected to grow at an average of more than 38 per cent annually between now and 2024, according to recent research. US-based firm Zion Market Research pinpointed technologies including natural language processing, machine learning and deep learning to be among the AI’s leading applications.

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Australia

How to Locate Skill Gaps and then Solve Them

Alarm bells are ringing about the future availability of various construction professionals ranging from trades and skilled labour to civil engineers, project managers and site managers. The latest Hays Salary Guide report found that 47 per cent of construction businesses intend to increase their staffing levels in 2019-2020, with infrastructure projects and construction for health and education projects driving particularly high demands for talent.

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Australia

How to Protect your Smart Buildings from Cyber Threats

With the emergence of smart buildings leveraging the Internet of Things and other digital technologies has come a whole new set of risks, according to cyber security experts.

The same system that allows for remote monitoring of HVAC, for example, can also provide a gateway for cyber criminals to hack into sensitive systems or information and hold the occupants or the entire company “hostage” until a ransom is paid.…

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Canada

Why Excel is Dangerous for Your Business

Forbes suggests that Excel might be “the most dangerous software on the planet” and Fortune accuses Excel of “ruining the world.” If it’s so popular, why the harsh criticism? Click through to get your facts straight and find out why Excel is really not helping your business excel.…

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BIM is a Collaboration Marvel for Construction Teams

Until recently, collaboration on construction projects meant huddling over a blueprint, marking structural changes, design elements and measurements with paper and pencil. This decidedly low-tech solution left much to be desired when it came to teamwork and precision.…

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Business

The Cost of Employee Turnover

Every construction business owner and manager understands the high cost of keeping people who can’t do the job on board, and then having to pay out to replace them. But have you ever wondered what employee turnover costs you when you lose people who can do the job?…

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Australia

Building the Foundation for Education through Smart Classroom Design

Australia is redesigning classrooms to emphasize openness, flexibility and collaboration. However, the built environment of our schools is currently up for debate. While some believe the old design is no longer conducive, others have found that the popular, open learning environments are not working as well as previously imagined. 

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Canada

5 Ways to Improve Jobsite Tech Adoption

Of the original Fortune 500 Company ranking in 1955, less than 70 of those businesses are around today. One of the top reasons experts say they failed was due to lack of innovation, most notably failing to update technology and change with the times.

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