While human trafficking doesn’t seem like an issue that would impact most contractors, more than half of the labor trafficking industry occurs in the construction, manufacturing and mining industries, according to a Forbes article.
It’s hard to go to a construction tradeshow or read an analyst report without hearing about a new drone company or how drones are going to eventually impact construction. Today, advanced drone hardware is available at low prices, and U.S. regulation has enabled commercial drone use to be easy for companies and service providers to adopt. Most importantly, companies have built custom software solutions to suit the exact needs of construction companies.
With employees working at multiple jobsites and varying project completion dates, it can be difficult for a construction executive to virtually manage operations across different locations. While cell phones have made it easier to stay in touch with team members working onsite, construction executives that want to promote a communicative, collaborative and accountable work environment should consider implementing advanced software that offers intuitive mobile applications.
It has taken some time, but the construction industry is finally experiencing the benefits of using e-commerce to buy, sell and rent used and surplus equipment and materials. The old days of a construction project manager working the phone with a broker or intermediary to source or dispose of supplies are over. E-commerce, and its use through mobile tablets and smartphones, has radically changed the process, thereby increasing the speed of transactions, lowering costs, reducing project timelines—and even improving the planet’s carbon footprint.
As research continues to bring forth new ideas and techniques to promote healing, one idea specifically aims to create sustainable medical facilities that improve the health of patients as well as the environment.
Construction has never moved at the same technological pace as other industries. The nature of the business is that conditions change from job to job, and even construction of “cookie-cutter” restaurants and hotels present different geographic, regulatory and labor challenges. Therefore, it’s no surprise that when a tool or system works—outdated though it may be—there’s hesitation when it comes to changing it on the mere promise of a better deal. As the old saying goes, if it’s not broken, why fix it?
As communities shift their focus to building “smarter” cities, a huge opportunity exists in the construction industry. In fact, 37 percent of municipal leaders prioritize “smart buildings” as an area for future investment, according to Smart City/Smart Utility, a 2017 Strategic Directions Report by Black & Veatch.
From bid preparation through project development, completion and maintenance, drones offer ways to speed results and reduce costs on heavy/highway construction projects.
Typically, disruption in the workplace is counterintuitive to productivity. But in terms of creating innovative ways to manage people, processes and technology, the concept of “disruption” isn’t such a bad thing for the construction industry. Change is stirring whether contractors are ready for it or not, and firms that have adopted new ways of managing scheduling and workflows are seeing stellar results—earning the accolades of repeat projects for key clients, as well as happy project partners.
Contractor tool and equipment theft is commonplace. According to the most recently published National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Heavy Equipment Theft Report, thefts are increasing and recovery rates are less than one in four.
Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 73.4, an increase from the December index of 67.5, according to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s January 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). January marks the highest index since the MCI was launched in May 2009 to track recovery after the 2008 downturn.
With many new green flooring material trends on the rise, choosing the right material for application and LEED certification can be difficult. Following are the top flooring materials to help keep projects LEED-certified.