iSqFt Customer Success Trav-Ad Signs

iSqFt Customer Success Story: Trav-Ad Signs

With nearly 40 years of experience, top-quality products, and unparalleled customer service, Trav-Ad Signs is a leader in the nation signage industry. Recently, iSqFt helped this Huntsville, AL, company expand its services to win a $300K project. Here’s the story…

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Communication Technology in Construction

iSqFt Poll: Communication Technology in Construction

Over the summer, we asked you which new tech you’re most excited about (scroll down for the results). In the fall quarterly newsletter, we’re asking about something related to one of our recent blogs, the role of communication technology in construction.

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BIM in Construction

BIM in Construction: Part 3 – The Inevitable

Whether you’ve embraced BIM (Building Information Modeling) or still have your doubts, it’s here to stay. And it’s already changing the construction process in some pretty fundamental ways.

In this final post in our three-part BIM in construction series, we’ve compiled expert advice on getting started with BIM and a look at some cutting-edge uses of the technology. Don’t forget to read our breakdown of the pros and cons, along with some real-world success stories, in Part 1—The Good and Part 2—The Bad.

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New Construction Technology

iSqFt Poll: New Construction Technologies

In the spring, we asked about how you use sustainable building practices. Now for something a little more fun…new construction technologies and gadgets for the jobsite. What’s on your radar? (Pun intended!)

Scroll down (or go here) for our poll, and don’t forget to check out the Summer Edition of our iSqFt Nuts & Bolts newsletter.

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BIM in Construction

BIM in Construction: Part 2 – The Bad

Whether you’ve embraced BIM (Building Information Modeling) or still have your doubts, it’s here to stay. And it’s already changing the construction process in some pretty fundamental ways.

This post is the second in a three-part series about the use of BIM in construction. Check out Part 1—The Good, and stay tuned for Part 3—The Inevitable (now posted!) next week.

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BIM in Construction

BIM in Construction: Part 1 – The Good

Whether you’ve embraced BIM (Building Information Modeling) or still have your doubts, it’s here to stay. And it’s already changing the construction process in some pretty fundamental ways.

This post is the first in a three-part series about the use of BIM in construction. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for Part 2—The Bad (now posted!) and Part 3—The Inevitable (now posted!).

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Robots in the Construction Industry

Man vs. Machine: Robots in the Construction Industry

Last December, we told you about some new technologies with potentially game-changing applications in the construction industry. Now it’s July, and we can cross off that “potentially,” because the game is already changing rapidly. As it turns out, though, we should have gotten a slightly bigger crystal ball, because we left some of the biggest players off the list…robots in the construction industry.

Since the industrial revolution, man has been benefiting from the power of machines, and since John Henry took on the steam-powered drill, we’ve been wary of that power. Now, with the increasing use of robots—machines that can run without a human operator—are we becoming irrelevant?

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Managing Millennials in Construction

The Construction Pro’s Guide to Managing Millennials

There’s a construction worker shortage—but I don’t need to tell you that. While the economy rebounds and the projects roll in, Baby Boomers are leaving but Millennials (the generation born between 1980ish and 2000ish) aren’t taking their place.

Why? Some theories:

  • They crave financial stability, and construction work is largely seasonal.
  • They value formal education, and construction is an apprentice-based profession.
  • They want flexible schedules, and construction is a 9-5 (or, let’s be honest, a 7-6) job.

Without a doubt, those are all valid theories, but there’s not much you—as an individual employer—can do about them.

So I’ve come up with a guide to managing Millennials in construction: Five characteristics of typical Millennials* and practical ways for a business of any size to adjust. Most of these ideas will be an easy adjustment, others will take more planning or resources, but all should help you find and keep the new workers you need.

(*Obviously, people are different and it’s not fair to lump them all together just because of when they were born. But for the purposes of this blog post, I’m going to do it anyway.)

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AIA 2015 National Convention

AIA 2015 National Convention

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the AIA 2015 National Convention last week in Atlanta. AIA is one of our favorite conventions because not only do we learn about new developments in architecture, but we also get to meet manufacturers and learn about their products, which range from…well, honestly, there are so many that we’ll be here all day if we even start to list them!

Instead, we made a list of something else—the most interesting, insightful, and (a little) irreverent tweets from the event:

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One Fine (Some)Day: Women in Architecture

One Fine (Some)Day: Women in Architecture

With the American Institute of Architects National Convention on my professional mind and Mother’s Day on my personal mind, I asked Google to tell me about women in architecture. Here’s what I learned…

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