How many times have you scoured through a drawing set to manually count all occurrences of a certain element – perhaps a door, a window or an electrical outlet? And, how many times have you wished you could just simply speed up the process? If you’re like most in the construction industry, your answer is probably every single time you’ve been tasked with this job. Continue »
Salvador Dali Museum’s Unique Build Requirements Successfully Met with a Concrete Construction Management Process
Reinforced Structures, Inc. (RSI) of Tampa, Florida was started in 2003 by Steve Whitely. RSI is a full service concrete subcontractor that works throughout the state of Florida and has been branching into Maryland. RSI excels in dewatering, excavation, formwork, reinforcing, hoisting, and concrete placement. RSI’s experience and knowledge enables them to deliver projects on time and within budget. RSI’s concrete construction management package starts with the pre-construction phase of the project, which includes planning, estimating, and plan review. The team of experts successfully handles a variety of structures including post-tension, pre-cast joists, flat slab, composite construction, standard reinforcement, and hollow core. Continue »
The George W. Bush Presidential Center, dedicated on April 25, began construction on Nov. 6, 2010, and EarthCam webcams documented the process every 15 minutes from then until April 14 of this year. The EarthCam editors sorted through 20,000 hours of imagery and some 156,000 photos to come up with a one-minute, 52-second time-lapse “movie.” It is the first of its kind for a presidential center.
The time-lapse movie (shown below) was viewed more than 5,000 times the first day, and the center has not even opened to the public yet. It’s scheduled to open May 1.
Sunderland, U.K. – April 16, 2013 – 4Projects, a Viewpoint Construction Software® company, announced the availability of the latest version of the award winning 4Projects construction project collaboration software, offering key updates to enable project teams to increase and improve collaboration, resulting in the ability to make better, more timely business decisions. Continue »
Today, technology allows people to work smarter and enjoy a more mobile lifestyle than ever before. The digital age also is responsible for a fundamental shift in construction projects. To meet changing market expectations, construction firms are adopting new project workflows and processes that support this digital way of working. As a result, expect dramatic changes to occur within the construction workforce in 2013 and the future. Continue »
Choosing an email solution that is right for your company can make a big difference in how business is conducted. It is not a choice that should be made casually and should start with a well-planned and carefully considered discussion that involved key members from IT, finance and business development departments.
Everyone wants to get paid as early as possible. Waiting for a check to be mailed can be disruptive and costly to contractors. Mobile credit card readers are approximately one-inch-by-one-inch devices that attach to a smart phone and process credit cards on the spot and are gaining popularity among entrepreneurs, traveling professionals and any business that offers delivery services.
Atlanta – April 23, 2013 – NexTraq®, a leading GPS fleet and asset tracking company, today announced it will support the Garmin fleet 590 navigation device, a first-to-market technology that enables service and distribution companies to quickly ramp up with the NexTraq® Fleet Tracking solution with an easy-to-install device that provides advanced functionality including driver behavior monitoring. Continue »
Contractors generally only use a fraction of the technology that is available to them. Unfortunately, this means they may be missing out on opportunities to streamline their processes and operations, and, in turn, improve their business and bottom line. Continue »
Telematics tools help construction business managers locate crews on jobsites, track non-vehicle assets and capture fuel tax rebate information. They also help reduce vehicles’ fuel consumption and maintenance costs by tracking accidents and driver activity.
With added visibility into their day-to-day financials, fleet managers can focus on the growth of their business rather than mundane reconciliation tasks and individual driver safety. Continue »
With the prevalence of social media, construction companies must be prepared for bad news to be picked up quickly, possibly before the company has even dealt with it. If a death, collapse, legal battle, sudden management change, big financial hit or some other scandal hits, does a presence on social media hurt or help? Continue »
As project teams are becoming increasingly digital, both in the office and on the jobsite, sometimes solving a problem for one location inadvertently creates a challenge for the other. Take, for example, the newly-common field practice of splitting up multi-page, large format drawing sets into multiple, single-sheet documents. This practice makes it much easier for team members in the field to quickly open PDFs on iPads and tablets – especially if they are pulling files down from the cloud and their Wi-Fi signal is slow at best. But, what about team members in the office? Who wants to sort through hundreds of PDFs to find the sheet one needs, and how can one easily find related information?