From the monthly archives: August 2017

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Be Proactive About Crafting a Company Drone Policy

  Construction firms should expect the drone compliance topic to develop rapidly, as other agencies may provide supplementary rules to address the impact of unmanned aircraft on the areas they regulate. It is important for contractors and their attorneys to stay up to speed on current developments to ensure that they are managing their risks effectively. 

AIA’s New Insurance and Bonding Exhibit Creates Flexibility

  To keep up with legal and practice developments, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has put together a comprehensive set of revisions to its 2017 owner-​contractor agreements. The single most significant 2017 revision to the A201 Family is the creation of an Insurance and Bonds Exhibit to accompany the key owner-contractor agreements.

Components of a Quality Project Safety Culture

By making safety a key component of every project right from the start, companies can save lives and reduce injuries while keeping skilled workers on the job and projects on track. To reduce injuries, companies should build a robust corporate safety culture in coordination with their insurers and risk engineering consultants. The following steps can help enhance that safety culture. 

Construction Companies Are Uniquely Poised to Maximize Drones’ Potential

Commercial drones are just beginning to take off in the United States. Construction firms of all sizes have been quick to identify dozens of use cases that have made old processes faster, cheaper, safer and simpler—as well as create entirely new revenue streams.

Three Reasons Contractors Should Finance Software Investments

Software investments can (and should) be financed, just like heavy equipment such as bulldozers, cranes, trenchers and dump trucks. Even if a firm can afford to purchase its software systems upfront, financing is the smart choice for three main reasons. 

For Sustainable, Renewable Construction Materials: The Future Is CLT

  Cross laminated timber is gaining recognition, and it won’t be long before this product is accepted as a common building material that delivers great results.

The Future Is Now for Digital Project Management and Compliance Processes

Daily reporting and monitoring software can help firms cut costs, reduce the possibility of litigation and eliminate time-consuming travel from site to site.

It’s the End of BIM as You Know It—Are You Ready for Connected BIM?

  When you combine sensor and GPS technologies with 3-D modeling in the cloud, you no longer have mere raw data. There’s now a real-time connection between a physical construction site and its digital twin in the cloud—unlocking an infinite number of opportunities for efficiency and project management.

P3s: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

With government officials’ increasing understanding of the P3 structure, the narrowing difference in financing cost thanks to federal programs, and a focus on life cycle costs and risk transfer, governments across the country are beginning to look to P3s as a way to deliver on promises of infrastructure investment. Many governments are in the process of evaluating public-private partnerships in meaningful ways, conducting rigorous analyses to determine whether a P3 is the prudent way to procure a project. 

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