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Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

Posted: August 2, 2021, 1:15 pm

For commercial contractors, both GCs and subs, a successful project is one completed on time and within budget. The client is happy with the finished product and the contractor walks away with a tidy profit. Everybody wins. When a project fails, it’s typically due to conflicts and issues that cause cost overr...

Posted: July 30, 2021, 9:41 am

There are two major questions overhanging the economies of the U.S. and Canada. (1) Will a reemergence of coronavirus infections, mainly among the unvaccinated and tied to the Delta variant of the disease, force a slowdown in what was proving to be exceptional gross domestic product (GDP) growth? And (2), the...

Posted: July 29, 2021, 4:35 pm

Texas is in a League of its Own

Through the first half of 2021, the monthly average of seasonally adjusted and annualized (SAAR) housing starts in the U.S. has been +23.2% compared with January-June 2020. The one-quarter increase in groundbreakings warrants the ‘mini-boom’ description being applied to the U....

Posted: July 28, 2021, 5:56 pm
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Top 10 Benefits Of Construction Equipment Telematics

Telematics systems combine GPS technology, on-board diagnostics and monitoring sensors to track, log and report data via cellular networks on the performance and operation of your construction equipment. Data from telematics systems are typically accessed through a web portal and can provide data on a number of machine systems. Common data points include GPS location, […]

How Technology Impacts Communication in Construction

9 Ways Technology Impacts Communication in Construction

In construction, misunderstandings cause delays, lawsuits, even loss of life, but technology is helping avoid communication breakdowns.

ConstructConnect Acquires SmartBid From JBKnowledge

Last week, ConstructConnect announced the acquisition of SmartBid, a construction bid management platform, from JBKnowledge. The combination of ConstructConnect’s iSqFt bid management platform with SmartBid creates a win-win scenario for customers. The combination of the iSqFt and SmartBid creates a larger network of construction professionals, both of general contractors looking for subcontractors and of subcontractors […]

Data Breaches, Cyber Security and the Construction Industry

Is cyber security a major concern for your construction business? Maybe you don’t think your company is a potential target for a cyberattack. You’d be right too if your company doesn’t use computers to store any information about your business and if you never connect to the internet. As the construction industry becomes more connected […]

Five of the World’s Greenest Buildings

In honor of Earth Day today, we’re taking a look at some of the greenest and most sustainable buildings throughout the world. Since measuring the greenest or the most sustainable or even the most eco-friendly building is nearly impossible to do, we chose a few of our favorites that highlight and showcase the many ways […]

Work Zone Safety: A Shared Responsibility

This week. April 11 – 15, 2016, is the 17th Annual National Work Zone Awareness Week which was started to increase public awareness about work zone safety and is held each April at the start of the highway construction season. This year’s theme is “Don’t Be That Driver!” with a kickoff event being held on […]

OSHA Publishes Final Rule on Respirable Silica Dust

Last Friday, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica in the Federal Register. This is the final step in a decades-long process to establish specific standards for occupational exposure to silica dust and reduce permissible exposure limits (PELs) for workers. The final rule created […]

Fatal Four: Avoiding Construction’s Deadliest Hazards

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. One out of every five worker deaths last year was in construction, a percentage that has remained fairly constant over the last several years. The four leading causes of construction worker fatalities are falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects and being caught in or […]

How Construction Companies Can Beat A Growing Labor Shortage

Is your construction firm planning to increase headcount in 2016? That could prove to be a difficult task. According to a recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), 71 percent of firms indicated they plan to increase headcount this year. Unfortunately, 70 percent of firms reported having a hard time finding qualified […]

Construction Industry Gears Up For The Drone Revolution

Construction Industry Gears Up For The Drone Revolution

Chances are you’ve probably seen them hovering over a construction site, capturing photos and collecting data. Maybe your firm has even used them to do some surveying or to monitor progress on a job. We’re talking about drones, or more correctly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and construction firms are realizing the many benefits this technology […]