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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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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

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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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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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

Victoria Cuts Red Tape to Save Small Builders Millions

The latest reforms announced in Victoria aim to facilitate understanding and meeting regulatory obligations for small businesses. The reforms are expected to save the sector millions of dollars each year.

Improving Effectiveness Through Regulation

Improving engagement is a big part of the new reforms.

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Australia

Landfills as the Last Resort

The Australian building industry produces a staggering 20.4 million tons of waste each year through construction and demolition works. Close to a third of this waste goes into landfills across the country while the remaining two-thirds end up being recycled, illegally dumped, reused, reprocessed or stockpiled.

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Business

Subcontractors: Find Your Dream GC

It’s not uncommon to hear about contractors getting ripped off by subcontractors, but it goes the other way too. In fact, once subcontractors navigate the muddy waters of contract clauses and insurance requirements that are stacked against them, they still sometimes find themselves filing liens and going to court to get paid.…

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