March 2019
What you think you know & why that isn’t always accurate
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble; it’s what you know for sure that ain’t so.” Whoever came up with this quote (often attributed to Mark Twain, but its true origin is much debated) must have had the construction industry front of mind.  Exhibit A: Studies reveal that...
Recognizing exactly what that missing professional certification might mean for your career
Simply typing “construction manager” in LinkedIn’s search bar produces over 429,000 profiles. On the other hand, a search for construction project management professional (PMP) or planning and scheduling professional (PSP) will return 139,000 and 6,982 profiles, respectively.  According to...
Western Star truck expert Tim Norton on technologies that increase operator safety & owner ROI
By now, you must be growing tired of the words “skilled labor shortage.” We feel you, reader. Still, the issue remains, and the resulting business challenges for the construction industry aren’t going anywhere—at least not for a while. In the meantime, positioning your business as the go-to...
AIA Architectural Billings Index, Annual Value Update & more
The Construction Business Owner team compiles statistics each month from several sources, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Census Bureau, to give you a better understanding of the current state of affairs for the construction industry. The statistics...
Bad decisions, poor choices & misdirection lead to a high risk of project failure
The essence of project management is reducing risk, optimizing project outcomes and meeting client expectations. As such, clients turn to professional project management and cost consultancy to help them achieve exactly that. Whether cost consultants, external project managers or scheduling...
West Valley Construction Company’s Jimm Vosburgh on sustainability, assets & maintenance
In the construction business, time is money, and productivity a priority. As such, vehicles and equipment used to support key operations must be available when and where required. A professional and experienced fleet management team can meet a plethora of challenges head on by acquiring the right...
How to properly license your business for the next opportunity
When a client is so pleased with your work on one project that they offer up more business, sometimes the invitation is sweeping, with the potential to dramatically expand your company’s footprint. No one wants to turn away work, particularly from a valued client. But, if those projects are in...
Our industry experts share their solutions to some of the biggest problems facing construction business owners & their teams.
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4 ways fleet data can counter management challenges & speed up project completion
General contractors understand the importance of job completion rates in both the office and the field, but a number of factors can slow down job completion, including addressing changes following inspections, obtaining permits, waiting on special orders and experiencing weather-related supply...
How new trends & technologies drove the innovative designs at this year's show
If you’re wondering what tools and technologies attendees were watching at this year’s World of Concrete, look no further. As a tool tester and industry journalist based in Boulder County, Colorado, Michael Springer has spent years covering tools for construction professionals.This year, in Las...
3 important areas to filter for a better approach to bidding
Many construction companies don’t have a clear estimating and bidding strategy that supports the type of projects they want to pursue. In fact, most commonly, contractors employ hope as their standard strategy for bringing in new business. They hope customers will call to ask them to bid on...
What you need to know from this year’s show
The United States is a nation currently working against the clock to repair a structurally deficient infrastructure (with or without funding through a federal bill). As such, concrete is likely on your mind, whether you work with it on a daily basis or not. While the federal government was in...
3 steps to building a stronger PR strategy & making your message count
A good public relations (PR) strategy is one of the most effective tools marketers can wield because consumers are more likely to receive information from a news story than they are from a generic marketing message delivered through another channel.  People realize that—unlike other forms...
Upgrading your heavy-equipment fleet could be a smart investment
Upgrading your heavy-equipment fleet—specifically, crawler excavators and wheel loaders—could be a smart investment. In fact, now may be the perfect time to move up a size class, especially if you are looking to bid more accurately and increase your jobsite productivity. There are a number of...
Dissecting major trends affecting the construction industry in 2019 & beyond
Scroll through various industry press coverage and thought leadership articles from the last 40 years, and construction labor shortages will seem to dominate the headlines. The ability to attain and retain talent impacts a firm’s long-term ability to execute work, and no one is getting any younger...
Versatility & durability stand firm, front & center
As we enter the spring season, footwear stores across the country are busy stocking their shelves with new products. Many innovative new materials, safety features and styles are entering the work boot marketplace and have the potential to make a real difference on the jobsite, impacting workers...