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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.



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.



 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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By James White
As the economy picks up steam and your construction business grows, you may find yourself at a crossroads: Will you stay small, or will you expand your operation to take on more jobs? 

There are many decisions to make when growing your business, and one of the biggest is about equipment. You can always hire more workers and increase your marketing strength without too much trouble, but the bottom line is that you can only take on as much work as you are able to send machinery to. You can line up tons of jobs, but your customers will experience long, frustrating wait times if you only have one excavator for getting that foundation dug. 


By Ulrik Pedersen

Heavy equipment companies today have a huge amount of data at their fingertips – from machine IDs and location to internal ERP data and external data like weather. Companies that use this information to their advantage can become “data-driven” organizations – meaning they can make relevant and quick decisions based on data, and ultimately improve their bottom line. But, looking at the myriad information available can also induce headaches. How do you make sense of it all to deliver relevant insights? By applying Business Intelligence (BI) and advanced analytics, heavy equipment companies can gain valuable insight into their fleets, better understand customers’ needs, and increase ROI. 


By Eric Halsey

As contractors’ projects grow increasingly complex, networks of suppliers and subcontractors have grown. When difficulties arise, the added complexity can create added headaches. Worse, the subcontractor or supplier can file a claim on your bond. So what can you do about problematic suppliers and subcontractors? Here are our top tips for avoiding potential hassles and getting on with running your firm: 

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