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Charging Ahead

Although the construction industry faces a looming workforce shortage and numerous economic hurdles, there’s a lot to be excited about regarding the materials, tools, equipment and technology that help bring construction projects to life. Check out a small sampling of innovations firms can take advantage of now and expect in the near future.

Pipefitters' Perseverance Pays Off

The recession brought about a lot of change in the construction industry. In addition to a shift toward a more conservative way of doing business, many skilled craft professionals found themselves with a need to change their skill sets. Take Chad Bass and Brandon Hartford for example. Both were skilled craft professionals working for companies that couldn’t stay afloat in the recession. Facing unemployment, they took matters into their own hands, broadening their skills to find success in other construction trades.

Are You Ready to Implement SaaS and Mobile Solutions?

Software as a Service (SaaS) and mobile solutions are two of the more prominent technologies taking the spotlight in the construction industry. Both offer ways to increase efficiency and give contractors tools to run their businesses better, but a few things should be kept in mind when assessing options. 

Deconstructing the Construction Project

For years, the construction industry has talked about closing the divide between the office and the field. This divide stems from how construction companies typically view their work: from either an operational or financial perspective. However, consider a middle ground that allows both sides to collaborate and yield a better informed view of the project. Because project managers often work with one foot in the office and one in the field, they can offer their middle ground perspective to gain a better understanding of collaborative project management. 

PIM Buyer's Guide

Design and construction executives need better ways to manage email, submittals, punch lists and closeout—and they need solutions to work everywhere from the office to the jobsite trailer to the field. Project information management (PIM) software often can meet these needs, but not in multiple locations. Fortunately, the industry is quickly developing solutions that integrate project information everywhere contractors conduct work—and what solutions aren’t capable of today already are being developed for the near future. 

Plotting a Path to Success

During Greg Hoberock’s more than 30 years in the construction industry, his can-do spirit has helped him grow a one-man pipe insulation company into a multifaceted firm licensed to work in eight states,  deal with union threats, and step up to serve as 2013 national chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

A Cloud and Mobile Revolution Is Transforming Construction Jobsites

Efficiency-enabling mobile technology has reached the construction jobsite—allowing companies that have implemented 3-D software, such as building information modeling (BIM), to share the environmental, time- and cost-saving advantages of working in models with field personnel.

The Spreadsheet Endemic

These days, most people would not transfer money between accounts by updating a spreadsheet and submitting it to the bank. More than 35 percent of commercial construction professionals do the equivalent of that every day on their projects, spending hours on data input and much more on the inefficiency of sharing static files via FTP and email. It’s time for construction companies to learn to access information centrally with a cloud software solution.

Recession Reduces Impact of Construction Disputes 

The recent economic downturn has helped contractors, owners and construction managers improve management practices to reduce construction disputes and their impact on the bottom line. Essentially, increased competition for construction dollars forced improvements in project management, resulting in a substantial decrease in claims and disputes.

A Lesson from the Big Leagues

The Connecticut Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) partnered with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) to give 200 kids a chance to learn from the best in the business. Participants came from all over the state to attend a one-day clinic in Milford, Conn., where they learned techniques and sportsmanship from 16 former professional baseball players.

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