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5D BIM: The next big thing for construction

03/24/2017 at 3:49 pm

 The McKinsey Institute, a global management consulting firm, lists 5D BIM as one of the “five big ideas” that can help the construction industry transform itself over the next five years. One can easily see how the fifth dimension of BIM—which adds cost to the building information modeling (BIM) process—can make a big impact. With…


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How to avoid bidding on the wrong project

03/15/2017 at 5:30 pm

When construction work comes to a crawl—as we saw in the most recent recession—it can be difficult to turn down any job, even if you should. But now the industry overall is experiencing healthy backlogs (an average of 8.3 months, according to recent numbers by the Associated Builders and Contractors). This is a good time…


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Where’s the construction work in 2017?

01/25/2017 at 4:12 pm

I recently heard Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, discuss the high expectations many construction firms have for this coming year. The industry, in general, is optimistic about demand for construction services in almost every market category, from hospitals and retail to highway and public building, he explained. Simonson…


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Are your estimators using the best tools for the job?

10/07/2016 at 5:43 pm

Your estimators are busier than ever these days. In addition to the pressure to complete a lot more estimates faster, they still work with slim profit margins that leave little room for error. The resulting work environment can challenge the best of estimators, especially if they don’t have all the right tools. Generic spreadsheets are…


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Controlling construction’s bid management tsunami

09/29/2016 at 2:09 pm

It doesn’t matter what delivery method you use– hard bid, negotiated, design-build, integrated project delivery — at  some point, you’re going to have to manage a whole lot of subcontractor and material supplier bids to nail down your best costs. The administrative tsunami that ensues would make the toughest turn and run for the hills….


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How to create an electrical substation estimate in five minutes or less

06/30/2016 at 1:30 pm

The need for accurate preliminary estimates is never more apparent than in the electric power industry. Projects such as new substations are constantly being considered for capital expense and budgeting. Studies that include cost impact analysis are also important to continually improve the performance and reliability of the electrical grid. If you build substations, you…


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