Top Five Predictions for the Future of Construction Telematics

  For more than 10 years, the construction industry has been consumed by the potential of the data-driven jobsite. For the equipment industry in particular, one of the hottest topics has been telematics.

With telematics, project managers can keep track of not only what equipment is on a jobsite, but also how each piece is functioning. Such information can improve efficiency, reduce costs and boost profits.

The Why and How of Computing POC

The percentage of completion (POC) calculation has traditionally been considered the best recognition of progress toward completion of a contract. The POC can be computed with factors other than costs, such as labor hours or labor costs or machine hours. Also, the costs can be total contract costs or a specific limited type of costs, such as direct costs only. 

Executive Insights

"Contractors must up their game when it comes to cybersecurity’s role in protecting them from financial fraud. Ransomware became the tool of choice for a $1 billion crime with the recent attack through WannaCry/ WannaCrypt. This exploitation impacted more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries. Additionally, with the proliferation of the internet of things, cloud storage and electronic banking, the risks of wire fraud and cyber breach continue to rise."

Atlanta and Chicago Make Renewable Energy Pledges

  The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a pledge to commit the city to reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Municipal buildings must reach that goal by 2025. Atlanta is now the largest Southeastern city with a 100 percent clean energy goal, followed by St. Petersburg, Fla., according to Sierra Club. 


Petition Calls For Mandatory Drug Testing of NYC Construction Workers

The Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter has petitioned the New York City Council to implement mandatory drug and alcohol testing for all city construction workers—noting in a letter to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Council Member Jumaane Williams that drug testing is commonly required in industries that are less dangerous than construction. While ABC insists the drug testing measure would increase safety, building trade unions have long opposed mandatory testing and said there’s no reason to believe that drugs and alcohol have played a role in the increased incidences of injuries and deaths during the last few years.

Report Examines Construction Industry Wage Gap

  A recent report from Abodo found construction and extraction was one of only two of the nation’s five fastest-growing occupations in which women earn as much as or more than men—and even then, it’s only in a specific set of cities. In terms of wage parity, women in the construction and extraction industry earn 88 cents for every dollar earned by men. For first-line supervisors, women earn 89.6 percent of what men earn, and about 85.1 percent as inspectors. For the more hands-on jobs, female laborers earn 96.7 percent of what men earn, and nearly 113 percent as helpers for construction trades.

Study: PLA Mandates Inflate Ohio School Construction Costs 13 Percent

  A new study released by the Beacon Hill Institute found that Ohio schools built under government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) cost 13 percent more than schools that were bid and constructed through fair and open competition, free from PLA requirements. The study looked at 88 schools built in Ohio since 2000 and found that those built under a PLA mandate cost $23.12 more per square foot than projects built without PLA mandates. 

DOL to Reward Employers for Hiring Veterans

  As directed by the HIRE Vets Act President Trump recently signed, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is establishing a program to reward employers who hire veterans and who support the veteran community. Gold and Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion awards will be available for large employers, and similar awards will be created for small and mid-sized employers. Criteria for receiving these awards include the percentage of employees who are veterans; percentage of veteran employees who are retained; establishment of veterans’ assistance and training programs; employment of dedicated human resources professionals for veterans; and income and tuition support for veterans.

Apprenticeship and CTE Policies Begin to Take Shape

  President Donald Trump signed an executive order that will allow industries to build innovative workforce development systems that address glaring skills gaps. With the construction industry currently facing a workforce shortage of as many as 500,000 jobs, Associated Builders and Contractors says this action is an important first step to allow more entryways into becoming a construction professional. Full implementation of Executive Order 13801 will require further rulemaking. 

Open Competition Bills Enacted in Florida And Missouri

Missouri and Florida became the 23rd and 24th states to take action to ensure fair and open competition in government procurement of construction services. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) signed SB 182 into law to ensure controversial project labor agreements cannot be mandated by the government on state, state-assisted and local construction projects.

 

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