September 2016
5 strategic questions to help you leverage data & become insight-driven
Big data is a phrase used so much in today’s business world that it is nearly a cliché. There are a number of different definitions for big data, and all are correct. Today, big data can refer to large data sets or to systems and solutions developed to manage such large accumulations of data,...
Follow these maintenance practices to get the most out of your tires
The importance of tires to the successful operation of loaders, articulated dump trucks and other vehicles used on construction sites cannot be understated. Quite simply, tires play an irreplaceable role in helping vehicles accomplish their tasks. The following are five best practices that will...
Know the crane operation requirements for projects tied to power lines
It’s a well-known fact that power lines and cranes do not mix. Between 1992 and 2006, 102 construction workers died as a result of crane-related, overhead power line electrocutions. To help reduce these needless deaths, in 2010, OSHA spelled out the steps necessary for cranes to work around power...
Explore the cost benefits of investing in this precision technology
Grading a worksite is a critical element in preparing land for development. While it can be an expensive process, grading plays a critical role in laying out a mapped overview of jobsite development. Today, machine technology has emerged to simplify the grading process and eliminate...
Areas you need to address before doing business out of state
The benefits of pursuing projects outside of your home state can certainly outweigh the risks, as long as contractors carefully consider the common pitfalls of operating away from home. A contractor’s failure to comply with the unique laws of an individual state may not only make the difference in...
How to increase safety and productivity while operating heavy machinery
When used effectively, radios are an excellent way to improve safety and productivity on the job when compared to yelling and using hand signals. The jobsite contains countless hazards, and injury prevention is a major concern for all site managers. How many injuries could be prevented if a warning...
Key reasons why asset tracking is a must on today’s complicated jobsites
It is estimated that contractors in the United States lose more than $1 billion annually in lost or stolen assets, which can negatively impact project profitability. One way to improve this is by streamlining the management of a contractor’s assets. Be it tools, consumables or even vehicles, better...
Older & younger operators force fleet owners to evaluate their options
Shortages in skilled labor in the construction industry point to the need for customizing skid steer and compact track loaders to match operators’ preferences. One of the most common methods of improving operator comfort and reducing operator fatigue is improving compact loader control options....
Start by streamlining the transition from estimating to construction
Effective project management starts well before construction begins. With meticulous preplanning during the estimating stage, followed by strategic thinking during the job itself, a company’s project management team can ensure project success. Estimating Essentials The starting point for...
How employee goal-setting exercises can drive team accomplishments
Annual performance appraisals typically evoke a feeling of dread, but it is hardly because of the feedback provided during these personnel development sessions. Interestingly enough, it is the thought of sifting through reams of paper, grading a procession of subordinates and the monotony of boring...
The ins & outs of dowel pin drilling
Highway construction projects are multifaceted challenges for contractors. One component that is critical to staying on schedule and under budget is dowel pin drilling. To help keep road projects moving, contractors must select the proper dowel pin drill for the job, maximize safe, efficient...
Why you should adopt a combined operational & financial focus
With a daily opportunity to talk with construction companies looking to improve their business processes, the conversation will inevitably turn to project management. One aspect of project management often debated by management is whether project managers should be more operational or financial...
The effects of commercial flooding & steps to begin recovery
Restoration is the act or process of returning something to its original condition by repairing it or cleaning it. Restoration work is performed to reverse decay, or make alterations to an existing building(s). At the highest level of restoration, there is historic preservation, which involves...
Make more money when your project schedule is packed
Almost every contractor’s goal is to win more work than he or she currently has scheduled. When the economy was slow, contractors worked hard to keep crews busy and break even. And as the economy heated up, contractors began to take on more work than they could handle with their current staff. On...
Why you should encourage project managers to be more involved in the financial side of the business
With a daily opportunity to talk with construction companies looking to improve their business processes, the conversation will inevitably turn to project management. One aspect of project management often debated by management is whether project managers should be more operational or financial...