From the monthly archives: August 2015

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Transforming Mechanical Contracting: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Mechanical contractors are embracing technology in all departments: service, purchasing, accounting and estimating; plus with deliveries and in the field.

Top Construction Priorities: Infrastructure and Technology

Eighty-three percent of North American AEC executives ranked rebuilding aging infrastructure as the industry’s top priority, according to ARC Document Solutions’ 2015 Construction Trends Survey. About half of respondents also ranked building clean power plants and expanding projects that secure fresh water as major concerns, followed by expanding cities’ rail transit (28 percent) and building high-speed regional rail (21 percent). 

Updated Owner-Consultant Agreement Addresses Land Surveying and Geotechnical Engineering

  AIA Contract Documents is releasing a new owner-consultant agreement and two accompanying scope of service exhibits for land surveying and geotechnical engineering.

Achieving ‘Lean’ With Cloud and Mobile Technologies

In many ways, lean construction is about ensuring the right people receive the right information at the right time. Cloud and mobile technologies greatly facilitate these goals.

IRS Strengthens Annual IRA Valuation Reporting

The IRS is looking more closely at IRAs that hold hard-to-value assets, especially in years that a distribution or deemed distribution have been made. 

Breaking New Ground

Members of the construction industry worry most about three main issues: the workforce shortage, the changing climate, and aligning government and business to advance energy-efficient and high-performance buildings. These issues require solutions, and the solutions likely will change the future of commercial and industrial buildings.

Clash Detection: Bringing the Entire Team to a Single Model of Construction

Modern networking tools have changed the way managers approach construction projects. Online project management and communication tools make it easier to ensure everyone involved in a project—from architects and engineers to contractors and project owners—is on the same page.

What’s the Most Crucial Strategy or Tool for Keeping a Project on or Under Budget?

To keep projects on or under budget, we consult with the client and coordinate plans, design specifications, phasing and operation methods with the design team and the state and local authorities. All of this is done during preconstruction.

Showcasing Cars for a Cause

An integral part of the community service culture at Choate Construction is helping the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation get closer to finding a cure for the disease, one step at a time. This year, Choate’s annual “Cars & ’Q for a Cause” event raised a record-breaking $175,985 to contribute to the CF Foundation. 

Modernize Operations With (Small) Data Visualization

Even with all the benefits big data can deliver, data processing at that extent isn’t necessary for every company. Similar benefits can be reached by analyzing data on a smaller scale, opening up the opportunity to start seeing the benefits of data insights to small and medium-sized organizations.

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Service Above Self
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