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 ORION LABS 01Voice tech is key to a connected job site.   

By Jesse Robbins

Workers in labor-intensive industries, like engineering and construction, face a unique set of challenges on the job. They need the right tools to stay productive, safe and connected, without disrupting their daily workflows. Today, cost-effective tools, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, wearables and software are coming to market, and they are enabling job sites to function more efficiently and optimize the use of resources.

 OP WORLD OF CONCRETE 01(Photo courtesy of World of Concrete)

 By the Editors of Construction Today

A record number of people night attend World of Concrete in January. A show executive explains what keeps them coming back to the annual event. Construction Today recently caught up with Steve Pomerantz, senior marketing manager of global exhibitions, to ask what to expect at the 2019 World of Concrete (WOC) trade show Jan. 22-25 in Las Vegas.

 MODULAR CONSTRUCTION 01Why your understanding of modular construction is off base.   

By Grant Geiger

Most likely, you have some familiarity with the term, “modular construction.” While it has been implemented for decades, recent technological and design-based advances have led to new iterations that significantly elevate the method. In fact, modular holds the potential to overhaul construction across industries. Compared with traditional on-site building, it can cut timelines dramatically, increase safety and sustainability within the building process and produce stronger buildings. 

 MOBILE APP 01You can combat the culprit of workplace inefficiencies with a mobile app.   

By Russ Taylor

The construction industry depends on fast decision-making, attention to detail, and adaptability to continuously changing information. Companies need workplace efficiencies and employee productivity to keep up with the pace of the business.

 HOW TO SUCCEED IN 2019 01Giving customers what they want is a way to succeed in 2019.   

By Damien DeLozier

Any business built for sustainable long-term success should live and die for its customers. When it comes to taking care of them, business owners and managers in 2019 will have little room for error. In a world full of online reviews, mobile updates and social sharing, your reputation can be tarnished by just one bad customer experience. As we look ahead toward the New Year, is your business prepared to give customers what they want? 

 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT 01Cutting corners can be disastrous for the environment.  

By Ryne DeBoer

Tight deadlines can drive construction professionals to cut corners – especially when it comes to environmental impact. Instead of keeping a close eye on how an ongoing project will affect the surrounding community, contractors may shift their focus to the finish line. While winning a race against the clock boosts client satisfaction, the consequences can be disastrous for the environment.

 DIGITAL BUILDINGS 01Emerging technologies are pushing the business towards digital buildings.  

By Matt Good

The construction sector is ripe for disruption. According to McKinsey, the industry is one of the “least digitized in the world.” Consultants report that large capital projects are taking longer to finish, with consistent budget overruns. But we are poised for change. Emerging technologies like building automation, Internet of Things (IoT), and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) are pushing the industry toward digital buildings, which drive cost savings, connect end users, and achieve the digital transformation now taking place across industries and geographies. 

 BUILDERS RISK 01Builders Risk Insurance can protect worksites during construction.   

By Carter Bumgardner

The construction industry is booming across the country, with commercial real estate development and rehabilitation on the rise – from shopping centers to high rises to multi-use facilities and more, the number of projects and spending continues to grow. With this upsurge in construction work comes increased risk for the owners of the properties. 

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