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Mobile technology is on the rise, with more and more people each year relying on smartphones and other mobile devices as their primary way of accessing the internet. With comfort levels rising and the capabilities of mobile technology expanding, cell phones are finding a more prominent role in both personal and professional spheres. The construction industry is no exception. Handheld devices can increase productivity in a number of ways. Here are some ideas for integrating mobile technology into your construction site.

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New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules will take effect later this month, forever changing the landscape of construction surveying. Announced June 21, new Part 107 regulations no longer require drone operators to possess an aircraft pilot’s license. The updated restrictions call for a knowledge test and remote pilot certification for drone operators. Industry experts estimate the rule change could generate more than $82 billion for the United States economy and create at least 100,000 jobs in the coming decade.

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Contractors around the country are worried. Regulatory changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) start in December, and contractors want to know if they will have to change the compensation of their salaried employees.

The answer to this is a resounding “maybe.” Some comp plans will certainly have to be examined – the most obvious being salaried workers in the field, particularly crew chiefs and field supervisors.

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By Dena Sokolow and Jodi Taylor

The Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed overtime regulations are one step closer to becoming a reality for the construction industry. Once the rule is finalized, an additional five million "exempt" workers will become eligible for overtime. What is the new rule, and how should you prepare?

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By Steve Fountaine

With the warmer temperatures of spring quickly approaching, now is a great time to take on a few "spring cleaning" tasks not just around your home, but around your commercial building as well. After all, your commercial building has likely been through a lot over the harsh, cold months of winter. Here are a few spring cleaning maintenance tips that you'll want to follow to ensure that your building is ready inside and out for the warmer seasons.

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By Rebecca Stone

One of the biggest trends in construction today is repurposing existing buildings for new uses. Frequently, clients want to adapt old buildings with great bones instead of building new because the design elements and unique attributes within the existing structure often cannot be replicated or recreated. Although repurposed buildings are both trendy and desirable, the challenges that can arise when attempting to enhance their appeal while adding improved functionality are often unexpected.

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By David Bronovicki

From high school kids switching classes to employees wheeling medical equipment, it’s a fact that the interiors of some buildings will take more of a beating than others. When you’re planning high-traffic construction projects for hospitals, outpatient centers, transportation hubs and schools, you understand resilience is often on the want list, while value is always on the need list.

Here are some ways you can upsell interior wall protection that offers clients resilience and value:

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By Brad Shorr

Considering the high value of construction projects, the ROI potential of an effective lead generation website is extremely high for any company in the construction business, regardless of the scope of its operation. The following checklist highlights five website features that drive qualified leads — features many construction company websites fail to execute properly, if at all.

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By Jayme Cook

Construction sites can be brutal on the personal accessories. One slip of the hand can result in the 40-foot drop of a smartphone, ending with the poor little guy in pieces over a slab of sheet rock. One misstep and your expensive shades are launched in a pile of gravel, lens down. Even your favorite wristwatch has fallen victim to the scuffs and scratches that come with the construction zone terrain.

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