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By: Kendall Jones
August 18th, 2017

For construction professionals, one of the biggest benefits of cloud-based software and storage is mobility. Being able to manage any aspect of your business anywhere you have an internet connection and a mobile device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop is vital these days.

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By: Kendall Jones
July 28th, 2017

As a construction professional, it’s probably difficult to imagine no longer using paper in your daily activities. We’re talking no more hard copies of plans and specs, invoices, contracts, time sheets, punch lists, contracts or bids.

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By: Kendall Jones
July 26th, 2017

It’s been about five years since the construction industry started its slow recovery from the Great Recession. Flash forward to today and the industry has rebounded nicely with construction spending at an all-time high and demand for construction is strong. The only problem? The industry is still dealing with a skills gap and labor shortage caused by layoffs and a mass exodus of skilled workers who retired or chose to seek greener pastures when the economy tanked.

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By: Danny Wirth
May 23rd, 2017

Energy codes are used to outline the minimum requirements needed for energy-efficient design and construction, and they can exist at the city, county, state or federal level. Designed to ensure that all new and refurbished metal buildings adhere to certain energy-efficiency standards, these codes exist for both commercial and residential structures.

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By: Kendall Jones
May 9th, 2017

Is it time to grow your construction business? Are you looking to expand into new markets or territories? Growing your construction business, regardless of whether you're just starting out or have been in the industry for years, requires careful planning. In order to strategically scale up your operations, you must ensure you will have the resources (workers, equipment, etc.) to handle the additional work.

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Over the past several years there has been a shift in how businesses big and small view corporate social responsibility. What was once a nice to have, has transformed into an integral part of a company’s business strategy, and is now a key factor in driving growth and building brand value. Customers, partners and employees alike are increasingly interested in a company’s efforts to give back.

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By: Kendall Jones
March 21st, 2017

So, you’re a general contractor bidding a project and the contract requires an MBE participation goal of 8% and you aren’t sure where to turn. Maybe you’re a minority or woman owned company working in the realm of the construction industry and want to find more work. Today we’re going to look at some of the various programs available for contractors, subcontractors and construction suppliers that are women and minority-owned business enterprises. We’ll discuss programs from the federal level all the way down to local municipalities.

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By: Kendall Jones
February 8th, 2017

Whether you have a construction fleet of five or 500, the key to keeping your company’s vehicles and heavy equipment operational is implementing an effective preventive maintenance program. The average cost for a piece of heavy equipment is over $20,000. Depending on how much heavy equipment your company owns, a large percentage of your company’s assets could be in construction vehicles and heavy equipment. Regardless of whether you outsource your construction equipment maintenance or do it in-house, a proper preventive maintenance program can extend the useful life of your equipment, prevent costly repairs and reduce downtime due to equipment being out of service.

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By: Robert Hoyt
January 24th, 2017

What is the biggest current challenge facing the construction industry? It’s certainly not demand—in fact, the worldwide demand for construction is quite high. According to professional services provider PwC, global construction output is projected to grow 85% by 2030, with an average of 3.9% per annum up to 2030, which outpaces global GDP by a whole percentage point. Much of the recent growth in the construction industry can be attributed to both developed countries recovering from the 2008 recession and undeveloped countries continuing to industrialize.

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By: Jessica Kane
January 12th, 2017

Lean construction is all about efficiency. Construction firm owners should care about it because it has the potential to saves firms time and money. Lean construction accomplishes savings by allowing teams to complete jobs faster with less waste of materials, time and labor. This is especially important to construction companies after the end of the recession.