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  • Extreme winter construction requires important safety precautions

    Pre-planning is critical to ensure projects remain on schedule and, more importantly, that workers stay safe when subfreezing temperatures, ice and snow hit, says Rockford Construction's safety director.

    Paul Rozich • Feb. 04, 2020
  • Data transformation starts at the C-level

    An in-house chief executive with a background in technology and data can guide executives and employees into this mostly unchartered — but essential — territory.

    Jit Kee Chin • Sept. 25, 2019
  • How to land a government construction contract

    A procurement expert says common myths should not hold construction companies back from bidding on a sector that offers huge growth opportunities.

    Ben Vaught • Aug. 29, 2019
  • Construction wearables' futuristic features are more feasible than you think

    The technology can help prevent accidents, improve efficiencies and enhance quality of life for construction workers, says an insurance official working with contractors on pilot programs.

    David P. Galbraith • June 26, 2019
  • The top 10 reasons contractor succession planning has evolved

    Societal and economic forces like the labor shortage and the rise of technology have changed the way construction business owners plan their next steps.

    Wayne Rivers • May 21, 2019
  • How to demolish the construction worker suicide epidemic

    With swelling numbers impossible to ignore, there’s no better time than now to learn how to make your employees’ mental health a priority.

    Aaron Wilson • May 20, 2019
  • Autonomous construction equipment key to improving site safety, efficiency

    While jobsites are tougher to navigate than the average roadway, two emerging sensor types used in combination could offer the industry the robust detection it needs, writes an expert in the technology.

    Andrew Boushie • April 17, 2019
  • Why contractors should nix 'casual use' of jobsite drones

    As use of the technology expands, contractors, subs and other stakeholders should heed the safety and liability risks involved, an aviation attorney writes.

    By Mark A. Dombroff • April 10, 2019
  • Scan, plan, execute: 3D reality capture in construction

    Digital twins created via laser scanning and photogrammetry offer value from pre-planning to well after completion, a proprietor of the emerging technology explains.

    Cale Collier • March 20, 2019
  • How builder's risk coverage can protect buildings under construction

    Every business, small or large, that embarks on a construction project needs builder's risk insurance because it typically covers things that property and liability policies don't, legal experts say.

    Alan H. Packer and Graham C. Mills • Nov. 26, 2018
  • AR, VR to drive efficiencies at every building phase

    From increasing stakeholders' confidence to ensuring changes are error-free, the benefits of augmented and virtual reality will soon extend from design to operations stages, writes Microdesk CEO and principal Michael DeLacey.

    Michael DeLacey • Oct. 10, 2018
  • How Hensel Phelps maximizes its use of drones

    The construction giant spent up to $20,000 per manned helicopter flight to capture aerial video of projects before tapping unmanned aerial vehicles to complete the same tasks and more at a fraction of the cost.

    Mike Danielak • Sept. 12, 2018
  • Data offers vision into construction equipment blind spots

    Data about equipment rentals can be just as important to the bottom line as the equipment itself, but accessing it requires a breakdown of silos, Mark Bishop of United Rentals says.

    Mark Bishop • Sept. 05, 2018
  • Smart tips for a storm-resilient jobsite

    Amid another storm season in the U.S., Tim Ham, Florida-based superintendent at Hoar Construction, shares experience-gleaned information about preparing jobsites for the worst.

    Tim Ham • July 16, 2018
  • Reducing design coordination errors with VR, AR

    Virtual reality and augmented reality are subject to a lot of hype, but two technology experts have outlined some practical applications to help construction managers detect and manage errors such as clashes.

    Jeff Jacobson and Jim Dray • June 13, 2018
  • Lost in the cloud? Get a provider to manage data

    Contractors' field equipment is generating a lot of data that can be used to streamline inefficiencies, if organizations have a way to harness, access and interpret the information.

    Frank Schneider • May 21, 2018
  • Avoiding the hazards of an unlicensed business

    Jerri-Lynn Wier, an attorney and a compliance specialist, explains how contractors can prepare for state licensing and registration requirements.

    Jerri-Lynn Wier • April 27, 2018
  • How to boost construction equipment productivity

    John Sharp, equipment director for Hubbard Construction, describes the process his company uses to maximize equipment and minimize costs.

    John Sharp • April 23, 2018
  • The case for constructing resource-efficient buildings

    Andy Feth of C.W. Driver Companies writes that a holistic approach to building offers competitive advantages and long-term cost savings.

    Andy Feth • April 10, 2018
  • Why construction companies should embrace technology

    Technology can improve jobsite safety, attract millennials, efficiently manage projects and help firms stay ahead of competitors, writes Lauren Brookes.

    Lauren Brookes • April 04, 2018
  • The strengths and challenges of integrated project delivery

    Clint Stancil and Stephen Powell of CBRE write that IPD can optimize results and maximize efficiency — but not without some give and take.

    Clint Stencil and Stephen Powell • March 26, 2018
  • Hiring women can ease the construction labor shortage

    Vicki O'Leary of the Iron Workers writes that women can fill "manly jobs," and that the industry must mitigate sexism and break down gender bias on the jobsite.

    Vicki O'Leary • March 23, 2018
  • What does the new tax reform act mean for construction companies?

    Michael DeSiato, an accountant and a financial planner, provides insights on the act's provisions that will impact construction and related businesses.

    Michael DeSiato • March 13, 2018
  • 5 tips for winning a LEED project

    Green Badger founder and CEO Tommy Linstroth discusses how firms can set their LEED project proposals apart from the competition.

    Tommy Linstroth • Feb. 28, 2018
  • 7 ways to prevent construction insurance losses

    Here are the major insurance issues to consider to avoid financial setbacks, as well as damage to professional and personal relationships.

    Bob Pedersen and Mike Davis • Feb. 22, 2018