Category: Guest Posts

Don’t Roll the Dice When it Comes to Risk Management

Don’t Roll the Dice When it Comes to Risk Management

To err is costly in the construction world, so don’t roll the dice when it comes to risk. Although contractors continue to improve their focus on risk management, accidents happen daily at construction sites all over the country, some resulting in tragic loss of life.   However, certain steps can be taken to reduce construction […]

How to Manage Construction Conflicts to our Advantage

How to Manage Construction Conflicts to our Advantage

Everyone fears that something will go horribly wrong on a project. Construction conflicts are numerous. Whether it’s an accident where proper safety regulations were not adhered to or a subcontractor that says it never got its set of plans, or is missing a vital piece of project information and now is weeks behind schedule. It could […]

Leverage the Skills of Service Contractors

Leverage the Skills of Service Contractors

Develop a service mentality to produce short-term profitability and long-term value. By Gregg M. Schoppman, FMI. In an industry where bigger means better, service-oriented contractors are the often forgotten group of builders and constructors. For many firms, the service element of their business is the “little cousin,” accounting for a significantly smaller portion of the […]

Improve Change Order Requests to Get Paid!

Improve Change Order Requests to Get Paid!

Improve Change Order Requests to Get Paid for Extra Work  In your company, who decides if extra work is free? Lots of changes, problems, requests and trade-offs occur on construction jobsites to keep your projects moving. Your customer asks your crew to move a pile of dirt, fix a mistake on the plans or do […]

Interoperability in Construction Technology and Why it Matters

Interoperability in Construction Technology and Why it Matters

By Doug Chambers The current state of interoperability in AEC – Architecture, Engineering, Construction Industry, is challenged at best. A frequent complaint is that industry professionals need software systems that work together; an end-to-end solution that is also fully mobile and user-friendly. The reason end-to-end solutions are not user friendly is because it’s next to […]

Distributed Generation: A Huge Market Opportunity for Contractors

Distributed Generation: A Huge Market Opportunity for Contractors

By William Atkinson, IEC Demand for distributed generation, also known as distributed energy resources (DER), is growing for a number of reasons – unexpected utility power outages, planned rolling blackouts, power quality problems, increases in the overall cost of power, mid-day price spikes, and much more. Customers have always wanted reliable, high quality, reasonably-priced power. […]

Transforming Mechanical Contracting: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Transforming Mechanical Contracting: Work Smarter, Not Harder

By Mark Drury, Shapiro and Duncan, Inc. In a digital world—enabled by smartphones, laptops, tablets and the cloud—construction is rapidly transitioning from a “work harder” to “work smarter” industry. This digital transformation is opening up new opportunities for millennials as they look for ways to apply their technology skills developed through social media and video […]