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  • 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

    With Hurricane Florence set to rock the East Coast later this week, Construction Dive is republishing a piece penned by a Florida-based superintendent at Hoar Construction on 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
  • The benefits of employing drones in construction

    Mike Danielak of Skyward says use cases are emerging that offer business value and competitive advantage for construction companies with drone programs.

    Mike Danielak • Feb. 14, 2018
  • 4 ways to ensure safety on the jobsite

    The industry owes it to its workers to prioritize their safety and give them the tools necessary to prevent incidents before they occur, writes Bill Wilhelm, president of Irvine, Calif.-based R.D. Olson Construction.

    Bill Wilhelm • Feb. 05, 2018
  • Why a shared digital infrastructure is crucial for smart cities

    As the world urbanizes and cities serve an increasing number of people, the importance of well-designed and robust infrastructure rises as well. 

    Hanan Markovich • Nov. 29, 2017
  • How contractors can avoid disgorgement

    Guest writers Elizabeth Lawley and Zachary Price of California law firm Haight Brown & Bonesteel explain three ways companies can be at risk of the penalty.

    Elizabeth Lawley and Zachary Price • Aug. 23, 2017
  • 3 reasons the commercial buildings market is ready for AI

    One expert explores the shifts in the market that are positioning artificial intelligence to transform building management.

    Casey Talon • June 02, 2017
  • 6 hiring moves to beat the labor shortage

    From posting Facebook ads to recruiting employees' friends and family, one electrical contractor explains how he's staying staffed in a competitive hiring market.

    Jon Dumbauld • May 09, 2017
  • 3 takeaways from 3 decades leading a woman-owned construction business

    In a guest article, Lina Gottesman, president and founder of Altus Metal, Marble and Wood, in Long Island City, NY, calls for a paradigm shift in the industry.

    Lina Gottesman • March 07, 2017
  • 5 measures to help prevent construction fraud

    In a guest article, risk management expert Elan Parra explores the dangers of fraud, as well as steps to avoid potential legal backlash.

    Elan Parra • Feb. 08, 2017
  • Generation generalization: Why (and when) millennials will own homes

    Who are millennials and what do they want? One reporter shares insights from a conversation with a researcher who's looking deeper into the data.

    Hallie Busta • Jan. 19, 2017
  • Getting off the ground: How drones can improve project design and operations

    In a guest article, Steve Santovasi of consulting firm Burns & McDonnell explores how unmanned aircraft systems can improve safety, efficiency and data collection. 

    Steve Santovasi • Nov. 18, 2016