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Need workers? One source you may not be considering

2/23/2017 at 12:57 pm by

When I talk with contractors about how they are handling today’s shortage of skilled workers, most are actively targeting younger generations. They are tapping into local trade schools and colleges, recruiting even before students have graduated. Long-term approaches are also prevalent as contractors work with youth programs such as the ACE Mentor program to get…

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“Hidden” obligations: Don’t let contract documents catch you by surprise

2/20/2017 at 3:58 am by

When a hurricane struck a job site causing partly installed tilt-up construction panels to collapse, suit was brought for professional malpractice by the owner against his architect. The architect countered that this aspect of the project was not his responsibility and that it was more an engineering issue. To support his contention, the architect showed…

Construction contracts: Pay attention to the preamble

2/16/2017 at 2:32 pm by

I recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a subcontractor who hadn’t been paid. The prime contractor named in the suit countered, saying that the company name listed in the contract’s preamble wasn’t the right company. When we looked into it, we found that the prime contractor had three nearly identical names, and the proper…

Construction, pick-up lines, and economics

2/13/2017 at 5:58 pm by

I had no idea that the Baltic Dry Index could be used as a pick-up line back in the day! Who knew? Anirban Basu, chief economist for the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), spoke recently on construction-related economic conditions during a Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) event at Sage offices in Beaverton, Oregon. Basu recounted…

The benefits of BIM for estimators

2/9/2017 at 11:40 am by

As an estimator, you probably know something about building information modeling (BIM). After all, use of BIM is growing across the construction industry. In a recent survey by Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC), 49% of respondents reported that they are currently using or piloting BIM. But do you know the benefits of using BIM for…

The virtual construction world becomes reality

2/7/2017 at 10:22 am by

You’ve probably seen the ads. Kids, parents, and grandparents strapping on goggle-like headsets for their first virtual reality (VR) experience. Visit some online retailers and augmented reality (AR) lets you view how a couch will look in your living room before you buy. Virtual and augmented reality are entering our everyday lives. My first exposure…

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