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The Dow Jones Industrial, S&P 500 and NASDAQ stock market indices all set new record highs in November 2016. In Graphs 1 through 3, the ‘actual’ index results are shown along with fitted exponential trend lines. (Graph 4 is similar in structure, but it is for the chief stock exchange in Canada and it will […]

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Posted: December 8, 2016, 8:45 pm

The Maintenance of Construction Equipment Regular maintenance of construction equipment is an important factor in cost control. Equipment maintenance is an effective way of getting the most out of your investment. Excellent maintenance helps minimize, repair and maintenance costs, as well as going miles in maximizing bo...

Posted: December 8, 2016, 2:50 pm

In July through September of this year, U.S. ‘real’ (i.e., after adjustment for inflation) gross domestic product (GDP) growth quarter to quarter and annualized was +3.2%, according the latest estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The comparable figure north of the border, as calculated by Statistics Cana...

Posted: December 7, 2016, 6:45 pm

As we rapidly approach the end of the year, it’s time to release ConstructConnect’s list of the “Top Five Coolest Buildings of 2016.” In order to be eligible, the building has to have been completed, topped out or opened within the calendar year and has some aspect that makes the building cool.  The competition was […]

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Posted: December 7, 2016, 2:50 pm
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Effective Communication = Better Construction Management

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Top 10 Benefits Of Construction Equipment Telematics

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Fatal Four: Avoiding Construction’s Deadliest Hazards

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