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Construction Industry News | COVID-19

By: Conley Smith
April 9th, 2020

This article was originally published on April 6, 2020. While lawmakers plan another round of stimulus legislation to combat rampant unemployment and help struggling businesses, there is still a lot to unpack for the construction industry around the last one—the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 

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Operating Insights | COVID-19

By: Conley Smith
March 24th, 2020

As each new day brings a new state and federal guideline urging companies and employees to work remotely, the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing how many construction pros work daily. No doubt, the concept of “social distancing” may prove difficult to swallow in an industry built around person-to-person, one-on-one interactions—from directing crews in the field to huddling around plans in the office. 

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By: Conley Smith
March 3rd, 2020

Dinged as being one of the least digital industries in the world, construction has a reputation for being slow to adopt tech tools—and tight-fisted when it comes to investing in tech or the IT staff to support it.  

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ConstructConnect News | Community Outreach

By: Conley Smith
January 29th, 2020

It’s not unusual to find companies that encourage their employees to volunteer in the community. But it’s exciting to work for one that not only talks the talk but helps its team members walk the walk. 

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ConstructConnect News

By: Conley Smith
December 17th, 2019

When you’re in the construction technology industry, it’s important to invest in both your people and their passions—and it’s a win-win when those efforts benefit all involved.  

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By: Conley Smith
September 27th, 2019

Great news! ConstructConnect solutions—On-Screen Takeoff, Quick Bid, and PlanSwift—have again been named to the FrontRunners Quadrant for Construction Estimating Software by Software Advice. 

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Operating Insights

By: Conley Smith
April 5th, 2019

The construction industry gets perennially dinged for being too slow to innovate and adapt to new technology. This trend appears to be changing as more construction firms are realizing the value and benefit of adopting new technology. Not only is it a great way to step up their tech game, but it can also help them to attract and retain the next generation of workers.  

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Construction Technology

By: Conley Smith
January 30th, 2019

When it comes to investing its hard-earned dollars in technology, you can’t say the construction industry hasn't been consistent. As in recent years, the 2018 JBKnowledge Construction Technology Report found that construction firms are still investing less than 1% of annual sales volume in technology.

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Construction Technology

By: Conley Smith
December 21st, 2018

If the construction industry is anything—it’s consistent. For roughly 20 straight years, the industry has racked up the “least improved” award for having the lowest annual productivity gains globally of any industry. This means construction is still way less productive now than it was in 1995, according to a 2017 McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study.

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Operating Insights

By: Conley Smith
November 16th, 2018

General contractors and subcontractors are facing a mixed bag these days. On the one hand, they’re experiencing strong, even record demand with backlogs averaging over nine months. But the volatile nature of rising material prices, fueled by tariffs and trade tensions, has dampened some of this enthusiasm.