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 OP NYNJ ED PIC 1By Brian L. Gardner

In June, New York City contractor Harco Construction LLC was convicted for manslaughter related to the death of a worker killed in a construction accident. The company’s job superintendent was recently on trial regarding the same incident, also for manslaughter and related charges.

This is not the first time that Manhattan prosecutors have brought criminal cases against a construction company related to job site safety where an injury or death occurred. However, it is seemingly the first where a conviction was obtained. While Harco’s attorneys have signaled that they intend to appeal the conviction, the conviction alone may have an impact on companies and how they do business.

 OP INSTITUTIONAL ED PIC 1By Tony Consoli

Construction is booming so much that in 2015 alone, U.S. construction projects costs reached $1 trillion, the highest recorded amount since 2008, according to estimates offered by the Census Bureau. A large portion of this construction is happening on the campuses of colleges and universities across the country.

New construction and renovation costs have become near certainties year after year as colleges and universities continue to break ground on student housing, research labs and lecture halls. However, undertaking these large projects comes with a fair amount of risk, and university decision makers often overlook several insurance risks before expanding.

 OP COMMERCIAL ED PIC 1By Scott Saulino

Every real estate developer takes on a significant amount of risk when entering into a new development project. If you’re set on testing the development waters, your first step should be preparing a detailed budget and analysis of the costs to be incurred. These can help minimize your risks. 

 CIVIL 1By Ron Beck

The bidding process for projects continues to remain competitive, which has led to owner-operators being extremely concerned with costly overruns and schedule slips for large projects. As a result, there is enormous pressure on the engineering and construction companies (E&Cs) to be accurate and efficient throughout the project lifecycle.

Many E&Cs still use traditional processes and tools to bid on projects, but this has proven to be time consuming and labor intensive. The opportunity for estimators today is to embrace specialized economic evaluation software, which helps to achieve significant increases in estimating efficiencies and produce faster and accurate costs. Project leaders and business decision-makers can determine how to build a project, assess the potential risk levels to a contract and quickly determine whether to bid on a fixed price or cost reimbursable basis at the early stages.

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By Jeremy P. Brummond

Many construction projects incur increased costs related to project delays or other impacts. Some contracts prohibit the recovery of delay-related costs, whether caused by owner delay or interference or by force majeure. But under some contracts, delay damages are recoverable, and some states’ laws declare waivers of claims for delay damages to be unenforceable or specify exceptions to when the waivers can be enforced.

 GREATER VISIBILITY 01Mobile apps can improve your construction business.   

By Stephen Smith

For construction managers, the success of every project is dependent on detailed construction project management (CPM), including overall planning, coordination and control of a project from beginning to end. Time is money and while detailed CPM proves critical to a project’s success, the fact remains that plans and schedules don’t build things: people do. Managing a workforce that spends most of its time on job sites (or traveling between them) can create many challenges for construction organizations – such as tracking payroll effectively, time spent on specific jobs, managing fuel and mileage expenses and capturing proof for services provided. By deploying a mobile workforce management solution, complete with easy to use mobile apps, companies can effectively increase their field productivity and reduce costs by having greater visibility into all activities associated with each job. 

3D MODELING 01There are many benefits to using 3-D printed models in projects.   

By Jerry Ropelato

Being able to fully visualize a structure is one of the most important aspects of any building project. Yet getting all stakeholders – from architects and engineers to project managers and builders, to homeowners and governing bodies and the public – to accurately envision how a final built project will look and function in the real world has always been a daunting task.

 ELECTION 2016 01Clinton and Trump’s policies deserve close industry examination.   

By Steven M. Cvitanovic

The many non-policy issues dominating the news cycle make the 2016 presidential election unlike any other. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been public figures for a long time, and it’s unsurprising that both have weathered numerous controversies. These controversies continue to follow them, and both continue to suffer from unfavorable ratings. Their respective missteps aside, both candidates recognize the importance of housing and infrastructure investment. 

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