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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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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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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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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

Flynn Group of CompaniesConstruction 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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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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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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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

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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