ThinkstockPhotos 508133776By I. Paul Howansky and Dawn M. Foster 

In the construction industry, upstream parties, such as project owners and general contractors, typically seek to secure insurance risk transfer protection from accidents that occur on the job. An indemnification clause in a contract with a subcontractor is one way to achieve that goal. Another way is to require the subcontractor to include an additional insured endorsement in their general liability coverage to extend coverage to an upstream party as an additional insured (AI).

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By Jemima Meyers

Equipment is expensive, and you definitely want a decent and high ROI on the capital that you have invested.  Heavy industrial equipment –especially farming, industrial or mining equipment – demands proper maintenance to ensure it functions smoothly.

Tips for Keeping Track of Your Construction CostsBy Robert J. Hall

The construction business is full of variables: Recent statistics put private sector construction spending, after a variable decade, once again almost at the level it had reached in 2004. Unfortunately, there is still room for growth before it reaches the highs of 2006 to 2007. Public sector spending has held relatively stable over the past eight years, with a slight dip recorded in 2013.

Interview blog

By Bess Cadwell and Jacque Linaman

The construction industry has changed a lot since 2008, as have the job shortages and talent abundance that gave companies the upper-hand during the downturn.

Experienced professionals are in high demand, but finding those employees is not the only challenge. The interview process is a bigger opportunity and risk than most people realize. The candidate across the table from you could be your future director of preconstruction, or your future vendor, partner, or business referral.

ThinkstockPhotos 100804219By Matt Hubert

Colder winter days are a common sight in this time of year. However, we can’t allow it to put our construction work on hold for a longer time. Regardless, if you undertake construction jobs regularly or less frequently, this post outlines some best practices on how to pour concrete in cold weather, which can be of great use for your next concrete pouring project planned in a close timeframe.

Red Wings BlogBy Dennis LaPorte

The Detroit Red Wings will soon be getting a new home in downtown Detroit. After breaking ground in 2014, crews are on-site working six days a week to ensure that the arena will be ready to host Red Wings and visiting teams' fans by 2017. The newly designed arena is rumored to have an exterior that is capable of changing colors, a larger concourse, “gondola” seating near the rafters, practice ice and even team training rooms. All of these bells and whistles come at a price to the construction industry, at least from a local perspective. Projects of this scale take a lot of hours and manpower from local construction contractors, and could end up costing them in the long run, especially contractors in the immediate area.

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By Rebecca Stone

Several states put construction defect laws on the books in the 1990s and 2000s in response to increasing complaints from new-home owners about shoddy workmanship, defective materials, and other flaws. While these laws serve to protect homeowners with legitimate claims, in some cases they also put a damper on new home and condominium building and created a deficit of developers willing to invest in them.

Of course, there is no way to completely avoid risk of legal action, but here are the top five ways developers and design firms can head off potential stumbling blocks and move their projects forward with confidence.

3 D PRINTING

 

By Jim Burch

Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, is no longer a futuristic concept — it's here and being used every day — but its applications have no end in sight. We use 3-D printing for everything from electronics to tools to biological materials, and now engineers are using the technology on a much bigger scale... literally the size of a building, in fact.

3-D printing is completely changing the way we approach building materials, construction and architecture. We can now make better materials, for less money, and build faster. But 3-D construction is about more than just money and time, it's created an avenue to possibilities we never had with traditional construction methods.

STAYING AFLOATBy Jackie Latragna

When luxury buyers have more than a million dollars to spend in their pocket, they tend to be more picky with their home purchases, and rightfully so. In today’s ever-evolving market, it is important for builders to know exactly what the buyer wants and what will set them apart from the competition.

 

IF THESE TRUCKS

 By Duane Gabor  

If you were given the choice to have an extra skilled worker or a computer join your site crew, chances are you’d rather have the laborer. While we still are years or even decades away from machinery running job sites, paired with the proper technology it can make a major impact on our daily work.

Emerging technologies that help generate data from onsite equipment and automate tasks are transforming the way we work in the construction industry today. To learn more, I recently sat down with Ryan Crandell from LoJack to discuss ways customers have achieved significant value just from measuring and reporting on data from their worksites. 

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