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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top Ways to Boost Project Collaboration

As construction projects become more complex, effective collaboration is increasingly becoming a key factor in completing projects on time and on budget while delivering a quality product to the client. Good collaboration leads to many benefits like innovation, time and cost-saving, added value for the client, reduced errors and unnecessary rework.…

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Cannabis Legalization in Canada: What it Means for the Industry

During the California gold rush, those who sold picks and shovels often did better than the gold seekers themselves. Now, during Canada’s green rush—with the legalization of cannabis growth, sales, and consumption—is it possible those who provide the infrastructure for marijuana cultivation and sales will do better than the growers and retailers?

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How Much Money are You Losing Today?

If you’re managing a construction project, or are a construction business owner, there are plenty of ways for you to lose money every hour, let alone every day. Construction projects are filled with risk; they require exacting coordination, and there are many physical assets to keep track of.
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