Joanna Masterson's Articles

AEC Pros Weigh in on Emerging Technologies

AEC professionals expect the IoT to improve equipment management, give clear indicators of a project delay and pinpoint the reason behind a delay. And they believe big data has the potential to facilitate well-informed decision-making on a consistent basis and improve urban planning decisions. 

Built to Last

Some companies—like some building materials—stand the test of time. David Allen Company, Raleigh, N.C., is one those companies, and it’s fitting that the company masterfully installs some of the construction industry’s most durable and appealing materials around: granite, marble, tile and terrazzo.

On a Clear Path

Shon Smith may have taken a roundabout way to the construction industry, but now that’s he’s here, his path is clear: take on more leadership responsibilities and create opportunities for others to succeed. 

How Do You Use Benchmarking to Improve Company Performance?

Our focus has always been on profitability, not revenue. Benchmarking against our peers drives us to be a leaner, more efficient organization. 

Business Interruption Is No. 1 Global Risk

Business and supply chain interruption (BI) is the top risk for businesses globally for the fourth consecutive year. Rounding out the top three global business risks are market developments (i.e., market volatility or stagnation and intensified competition) and cyber incidents (i.e., cyber crime, data breaches and technical failures). 

West Virginia Enacts Right to Work Law and Repeals Prevailing Wage

The West Virginia legislature voted 18-16 in the Senate and 54-43 in the House of Delegates to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) veto of the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, making West Virginia the nation’s 26th Right to Work state. The legislature also voted along partisan lines to override Gov. Tomblin’s veto of a law eliminating the state’s prevailing wage on public construction projects.

Canadian Study Highlights Efficacy of P3s; Model Law Published in U.S.

The performance-based incentives and accountability requirements built into public-private partnerships (P3s) result in high-quality projects being delivered more efficiently, cost-effectively and timely than traditional procurements, according to a report issued by a research team from Western University in London, Ontario. 

LEED Committee Adopts Pilot Credits on Resilient Design

The U.S. Green Building Committee’s LEED Steering Committee approved three pilot credits on resilient design, the first of which encourages designers, planners and building owners or operators to plan for a wide range of natural disasters or disturbances, as well as consider long-term trends affecting building performance such as changing climate conditions. 

Injury and Illness Reporting Goes Electronic

About a year after OSHA’s new injury and illness reporting requirements took effect, the agency launched a webpage where employers can electronically report cases. Employers now have three ways to report incidents: electronically through the new web portal, osha.gov/report; by phone, (800) 321- OSHA; or at the nearest OSHA Area Office. 

Oversight Committee Favorably Marks Up Neutrality Legislation

The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671) would increase fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects by preventing federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts.

 

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