December 2017
4 things to consider before selecting excavators for use in confined spaces
With some jobsites getting tighter, particularly in urban areas, contractors rely on compact equipment that can access confined spaces and still have the power to get the job done efficiently. Today’s compact excavators are designed to overcome challenges when working in confined spaces where...
Risks to consider in an industry still working to adopt new technology
As more technology infiltrates the construction industry, physical borders are no longer enough to protect a site from potential costly damages. Construction Business Owner recently spoke with Pete Wilcox, inland marine director at Travelers Insurance, to understand the implications of new...
Modify your strategy to support your company’s mission
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos spent his summers doing gritty work on a remote ranch with his grandfather, according to Brad Stone in his biography, The Everything Store; Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. Together, they repaired windmills, graded dirt roads and even built a crane to move the parts...
3 ways you can use change to benefit your marketing plan
If you are currently making time to browse LinkedIn, online publications and business emails, you will see an overwhelming volume of advice on how to improve your marketing approach: get better SEO, how to use social media, send better emails with more opens and more. Everyone has some advice or a...
The importance of equipment operators focusing on work & forgetting the distractions
A ringing cell phone, family issues, the weekend fishing trip, text messages, ball game scores, funny pet videos, the glare of the sun—the list goes on and on. Sometimes, these distractions come from external sources, such as a phone call or text message. Other times, they are internal distractions...
Learn how these common misconceptions can hurt your marketing strategy
The field of marketing has the perceived image of being fun. People tend to think of viral YouTube videos and Super Bowl ads. But when business executives get into the weeds of marketing, they quickly discover it’s not as fun or easy as it might seem. When efforts are guided by misconceptions...
How construction companies can benefit from building a SEAL-like organization
Spartans, samurai, Green Berets, Navy SEALs. These are the best of the best in the military world. Countless stories have been told about their selection process, training, death-defying missions and pure heroism. In particular, SEALs serve as the premier unit within the United States Navy,...
Learn from these critical answers to achieve the results your firm needs
As a CEO, president or business owner, your business day goes by rather quickly, doesn’t it? You start your day early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. You hardly have time to think about what is for lunch. The next time you look up, it’s near dusk and time for you to call it a day. You bring...
Improve grading accuracy & optimize productivity with machine-control systems
On some construction jobsites today, machine-control systems are just as prevalent as smartphones, excavators or even hardhats, while on other jobsites, you may only see stringlines and grade stakes. Often, construction business owners who are hesitant to adopt machine-control systems are...
Confronting challenges to become a data-driven organization
Over the past 10 years, big data has evolved from a concept to a reality that companies of all sizes face today. Projects can now easily generate gigabytes or even terabytes of information. Big data not only brings the challenge of managing huge amounts of information, but it also presents an...
15 questions to identify priorities & better organize your work life
Many business owners tell me their businesses don’t deliver the results they want and have taken control of their lives. They work too many hours, don’t make enough money and never have enough time to spend with family and friends. They have become trapped in their web of overcommitment. When this...
Risk management professionals convene to help shape a smarter jobsite
For 37 years, the International Risk Management Institute Inc. (IRMI) has hosted its national Construction Risk Conference (CRC), which brings project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, insurers and insurance agents and brokers together to explore breakthrough strategies and...
One year into President Trump’s term, what changes have most influenced the construction industry?
Kristen Swearingen Vice President...
How the Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House received an award-winning, modern twist
AWashington, D.C., historic landmark demonstrates design ingenuity by combining fired-clay brick with complementary natural materials and a whole building approach. Designed and entered by Cunningham | Quill Architects PLLC, the Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House project earned a best-in-class award...
The key to encouraging interaction among entrepreneurs & contractors
If the United States is to maintain its place in the world economy, it must increase its productivity and rate of innovation. Unfortunately, as one of the key sectors in the domestic economy, the construction industry has experienced nearly flat productivity growth for decades. The construction...